September 12 - The Regina Boxing Club (RBC) will play host to the Boxing Canada (BC) elite men's and women's Championships next month, an event that will see senior male fighters compete without headgear for the first time.
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced the changes to its technical rules earlier this year which means male boxers at senior level are no longer required to wear the headgear and a new ten point scoring system is being introduced.
However, in the boys' age-group section and women's amateur boxing, headgear will continue to be mandatory.
The new points scoring system will replace the old computerised method and will see five judges sitting around the ring scoring the bout, but only three randomly picked judges' scorecards will be used to decide the outcome of the fight.
More than 200 male and female amateur boxers are expected to take part in the Canadian Championships, which are due to take place between October 22 and 26 and will act as a qualification route for the 2014 Canadian national teams.
The winners of the elite men's and women's competitions will automatically qualify to represent Canada at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, which run from July 23 to August 3 next year.
Boxing has been part of the Commonwealth Games since the first staging of the Games in Hamilton, Canada, in 1930, and Canadian boxers have claimed 23 boxing gold medals overall.
This includes six golds at the 1986 Games in Edinburgh which saw former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and Seoul 1988 Olympic gold medallist Lennox Lewis take the super heavyweight title.
"This will be an elite sports event that elevates the popularity of Olympic style boxing in Canada," said Boxing Canada President and AIBA secretary of the Judges Commission, Pat Fiacco.
"Regina has a history of success as the host city for special events and sports competitions and Boxing Canada is excited to collaborate with the Regina Boxing Club to make boxing history,"
The RBC has been a centre of excellence for Canadian boxing since 1949, and competitors will have access to the facility's full service gym for training sessions in preparation for their bouts during the Championships.
"The opportunity to host the 2014 elite men's and women's Canadian Boxing Championships in Regina creates valuable exposure for the sport of boxing in Saskatchewan, and the quality of sportsmanship that Boxing Canada produces," said George Goff, President and coach at Regina Boxing Club.
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