The Global Boxing Forum was launched in 2018 by Russian Boxing Federation secretary general Umar Kremlev, who is now AIBA Marketing Commission chair. 

Professional and Olympic boxing stakeholders are invited to the Forum to discuss the development of the sport. 

This includes organisations such as the World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Organisation, World Boxing Council (WBC) and International Boxing Federation (IBF). Leading promoters and managers are also invited, alongside the best boxers from around the world. 

The first Forum took place in the Russian city of Sochi in March 2018. Representatives from more than 130 countries were in attendance, with WBC Head Mauricio Suleiman, WBA President Gilberto Mendoza and IBF Head Daryl Peeples joining the AIBA leadership. The only three-time Olympic boxing champion and six-time world champion Felix Savon was a special guest. 

 The 2019 Global Boxing Forum was held in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg ©Global Boxing Forum
The 2019 Global Boxing Forum was held in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg ©Global Boxing Forum

Last year, Yekaterinburg hosted the second edition of the Global Boxing Forum. The programme featured meetings, seminars, press conferences and a charity auction. A boxing show also took place, contested by Dmitry Kudryashov, Alexei Papin, Alexei Egorov and Evgeny Tishchenko. Firuza Sharipov and Yulia Kutsenko then battled in a women’s boxing match. 

An exciting boxing show took place during the 2019 Global Boxing Forum ©Global Boxing Forum
An exciting boxing show took place during the 2019 Global Boxing Forum ©Global Boxing Forum

The Forum showed off boxing in a new way, with an exciting stage design used for the Opening Ceremony to move the sport away from its traditional image. 

The Global Boxing Forum has inspired similar events in the boxing world, such as the All-Russian Boxing Forum and the AIBA Continental Forums.