International Boxing Day first took place in 2017. Since then, fans, athletes and stakeholders alike have been encouraged to come together to celebrate boxing every year on July 22. 

 International Boxing Day takes place on July 22 every year ©AIBA
International Boxing Day takes place on July 22 every year ©AIBA

Russia have hosted a number of significant events to celebrate International Boxing Day. The first year of celebration saw a mass boxing training session held in the iconic Red Square in Moscow, attended by around 3,000 people. In 2018, teams from Russia and Germany participated in an exciting and competitive boxing show. 

A mass boxing training session took place for the first International Boxing Day in 2017 ©Getty Images
A mass boxing training session took place for the first International Boxing Day in 2017 ©Getty Images

Last year, another spectacular celebration was held at Red Square in Moscow. More than 40,000 young athletes performed for an enthusiastic audience, who were then treated to a series of high-level bouts featuring the likes of Fedor Chudinov, Magomed Madiev and Islam Edisultano.

Boxing shows have taken place in Red Square in Moscow for International Boxing Day ©Getty Images
Boxing shows have taken place in Red Square in Moscow for International Boxing Day ©Getty Images

A cultural programme also took place alongside the boxing action. Among the performers was Roy Jones Junior, the former middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight world champion. 

AIBA have grown global interest for International Boxing Day by sharing the greatest boxing stories and organising quizzes. They are confident celebrations will soon be spread to countries all around the world.