Every two years the International Boxing Association hold the world’s premier amateur boxing competition. Competitors from around the globe compete in 10 separate weight categories. These range from Light Fly Weight (46-49kg) to the Men’s Super-Heavyweight (over 91kg). The women’s competition is held biennially during the alternate years to the men’s boxing. The first AIBA World Boxing Championships were held in Cuba in 1974, who currently head up the medal table. The world tournament is also often used as a qualifier for competing in the Olympics.
Situated 4 miles away from the city centre, Hamburg Airport (Flughafen Hamburg) makes it easy to reach the boxing. Getting around the city use the public transport operated by HVV, day passes cost €7.50 or group tickets are €11.20 for up to 5 passengers. Single journeys are available between €1.50 and €3.10. The boxing will take place across two rings for the initial rounds. This will build up to two days of semi-finals and each category having a belt for the ultimate champion on finals day. There will be a confirmed schedule of events announced nearer the time.
You may get to see a future Olympic champion, so plan you visit for the end of the week to watch the finals. If you are interested in a specific weight category, check which day the initial rounds will take place to see the most fights. Ticket prices will be available nearer the time, keep an eye out for packages if you wish to attend more than one day. Remember boxing is a competitive contact sport, which may not be suitable for young children. If you are part of an amateur boxing club and wish to compete, then contact the AIBA directly to find out more details.
If you are planning to visit the AIBA World Championship, choose from a selection of private rentals such as houses, apartments, flats, Bed and Breakfasts or spare rooms near to the city centre. If you stay near the venues or elsewhere in the city, you can travel around using the HVV public transport.
There are beautiful gardens along with a skate park and spectacular water displays at Park Planten un Blomen. Take a walk around the port or tour of the harbour. Relax by lake Aussenalster. The world’s largest model village and railway is in Hamburg making it one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions.
Find out more about the AIBA, International Boxing Association, including: news, information on the AIBA World Championships, youth and women’s World Boxing Championships, Olympic events and other competitions, calendar of events, world ranking and the development programme by visiting the official website.
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