All four major boxing sanctioning bodies – WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO – will not sanction any boxing matches or events in Russia following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
All four alphabet sanctioning bodies in Boxing – WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO – issued a joint statement entitled “World Boxing for Immediate Peace” following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The statement announced that for the foreseeable future there will be no sanctions for boxing championships, matches and events in Russia.
The statement was signed by the presidents of all four agencies – Gilberto J. Mendoza (WBA), Mauricio Sulaiman (WBC), Daryl Pe People’s (IBF) and Francisco Valcarcel (WBO).
All four major boxing sanctioning bodies issued a joint statement after Russia invaded Ukraine; boxing pauses in Russia
“Four worldwide boxing governing bodies have come together to express their views regarding the tragic war unfolding during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” the statement read. “Just as the world declared a ceasefire, our organizations decided not to sanction any boxing championships in Russia. Just as this war brought boxing in Ukraine to a halt, our organizations will not sanction matches in Russia until a more in-depth assessment of the situation is made.
“May God bless everyone and bring peace to our world.”
On February 25, Sulaiman and the WBC expressed an “action for peace” in which they announced the sanctioning body, acting in its own way, would not sanction boxing in Russia until when the conflict between Russia and Ukraine is “resolved in an agreed manner.”
Mendoza, meanwhile, called for a WBA meeting to be held on Monday, February 28, on the possibility of suspending the WBA world, international and regional championship matches in Russia.
Valcarcel, meanwhile, tweeted that the WBO was considering not only stopping sanctioning domestic boxing events but also is also likely to deprive Russian fighters of their rankings.
All four sanctioning bodies, in their own right, also expressed support for the former heavyweight champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, who are on the front lines of their homeland to fight against aggression.
Vitali is the mayor of Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine that has experienced a number of attacks since the Russian invasion began in the early morning hours of February 24.
As of Saturday morning, February 26, in the United States, 198 Ukrainians were killed and at least 1,115 wounded during the invasion, according to a Facebook post from Viktor Liashko, Minister of Health of Ukraine.
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