New Delhi: India's loss has turned out to be Africa's gain in the World Series of Boxing as Algeria Desert Hawks have replaced Mumbai Fighters in the semi-professional league's second season starting later this month.
"World Series of Boxing (WSB) is delighted to announce its presence on yet another continent with the Algeria Desert Hawks set to bring the excitement of the world's premiere team boxing to Africa," the International Boxing Association said in a statement.
Algeria comes in after the TransStadia-owned Mumbai Fighters' called it quits following just one season in the event, which is a 12-team part-professional league with winners in different categories getting direct qualification to the Olympics. Although the Mumbai Fighters have still not come on records to clarify their position, it is known that the team pulled out due to administrative hurdles and paucity of funds.
"They just got fed up with the system which did not support the team one bit," a boxer who was a part of the team, had said....more
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