Just a few hours after the 12 World Series of Boxing Franchises discovered in which Group they will compete in the Regular Season, all General Managers and Coaches present at the 2012/2013 Franchise Conference had the opportunity to strengthen their squads with the International Boxers Draft.
One year after the 2011/2012 Draft was held in Baku (Azerbaijan), on the rest-day of the 2011 AIBA World Boxing Championships, where 21 international boxers were chosen, an additional 27 were again drafted from a list of 118 available athletes, representing 40 countries from all five continents.
Amongst these 27 drafted boxers, nine have participated in the London 2012 Olympic Games with one winning a bronze medal (Irishman Michael Conlan) and four reaching the quarter-finals.
The Franchises which have drafted the biggest number of boxers are the Kazakhstan Astana Arlans and Mexico Guerreros with five each. Eight Heavyweights and Light Heavyweights have been drafted which makes these weight categories the most “attractive” ones. In comparison, only one Lightweight has been drafted.
Ireland is the country that has seen the biggest number of its boxers drafted (six). After this Draft, WSB is delighted to welcome its very first fighters from Estonia (Ainar Karlson), Iran (Ehsan Rouzbahani) and South Africa (Siphiwe Lusizi).