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Global Boxing Forum

Global Boxing Forum

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The 3rd Global Boxing Forum will be held from the 9th to the 11th of December 2022, in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.

The Global Boxing Forum is a platform enabling all participants of the international boxing movement to openly exchange ideas, learn from the best practice in the sports industry and create new connections.

At the Global Boxing Forum, guests will have the opportunity to participate in seminars, round tables, as well as master classes together with inspirational experts, world boxing stars, and top officials of leading international organizations. The Forum will be attended by a number of Olympic and World champions, as well as other legends of the sport.

The first two editions of the Forum, held in 2018 in Sochi and in 2019 in Ekaterinburg, already proved the effectiveness of this new format. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the third edition had to be postponed, but will finally be staged this year in the United Arab Emirates, following the highest standards of organization and hospitality.

To register, please email forums@iba.sport

Schedule

  • December 9
    • Arrivals and welcome reception

    December 10

    • Main program of the Forum
    • Gala dinner

    December 11

    • IBA Ordinary Congress (for delegates)
    • IBA Pro Series boxing show

    December 12

    • Departures

Program of the GBF

SPORT AND ATHLETE FIRST LEADERSHIP

SOUND GOVERNANCE – ENSURING SOUND OPPORTUNITIES FOR ATHLETES AND IBA’S PLACE IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10

9:00-9:05 INTRODUCTION

Angela Barnes, Anchor, Reporter & Moderator, Euronews, ITV

09:05-09:20 PRESIDENT’S WELCOME 

Umar Kremlev, President, International Boxing Association (IBA)

09:20-09:35 KEYNOTE: SEPARATING SPORT FROM POLITICS FOR THE GREATER GOOD
Sport for Peace and its Power to Support Conflict Resolution
Professor Richard McLaren OC DD, Member, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Canada

09:35-10:30 PANEL SESSION: SPORT AND ATHLETE FIRST LEADERSHIP 

Sound Governance – Ensuring Sound Opportunities for Athletes and IBA’s place in the Olympic Games

Moderated by:

Angela Barnes, Anchor, Reporter & Moderator, Euronews, ITV

Panelists include:

  • Marta Forcén Celaya, IBA Board of Directors Member, International Boxing Association (IBA)
  • Roy Jones Jr, Boxing Legend and Multiple World Champion in Professional Boxing
  • Professor Richard McLaren OC DD, Member, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Canada
  • George A. Yerolimpos, Secretary General, International Boxing Association (IBA)
  • Tammara Thibeault, IBA World Champion

10:30-11:00 IBA AND ISDE (INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE DERECHO Y ECONOMIA) MOU SIGNING CEREMONY AND PRESENTATION

  • Umar Kremlev, President, International Boxing Association (IBA)
  • Juan José Sánchez Puig, CEO, ISDE
  • Dev Kumar Parmar, Academic Director, Global Executive Master in Sports Law, ISDE
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11:00-11:30 COFFEE BREAK 
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11:30-12:30 ROUND TABLE 1: CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS FOR BOXING DEVELOPMENT ON THE FIVE CONTINENTS
  • Chris Roberts OBE, Development Director, International Boxing Association (IBA)
  • African Boxing Confederation (AFBC) representative
  • American Boxing Confederation (AMBC) representative
  • Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC) representative
  • European Boxing Confederation (EUBC) representative
  • Oceania Boxing Confederation (OCBC) representative

11:30-12:30 ROUND TABLE 2: SPORTS AND GOVERNANCE INTEGRITY

  • Jacques Blondin, Head of Regulatory Enforcement, FIFA, and Member, IBA Nomination Unit
  • Martin Lake, Head of Artificial Intelligence Operations, Harod Global Investigative Solutions
  • Marta Forcén Celaya, Board of Directors Member, International Boxing Association (IBA)
  • Professor Richard McLaren OC DD, Member, Court of Arbitration for Sport, Canada
  • Mikhail Prokopets, Chair of the Ethics and Disciplinary Committee, International Teqball Federation (FITEQ)
  • Sarah Solemale, Senior Governance Manager, Member Federation Department, FIFA
  • Yury Zaytsev, Legal Councel, International Boxing Association (IBA)

11:30-12:30 ROUND TABLE 3: THE CAREER DEVELOPMENT JOURNEY – FROM IBA TO PROFESSIONAL

  • Beatriz Ferreira, IBA World Champion and Olympic silver medalist
  • Roy Jones Jr, Boxing Legend and Multiple World Champion in Professional Boxing
  • Sofiane Oumiha, 2-times IBA World Champion, Olympic silver  medalist
  • Marko Petric, Head of Sports, International Boxing Association (IBA)
  • Boxing promoter

11:30-12:30 ROUND TABLE 4: DIGITAL MEDIA AND ITS ROLE IN DEVELOPING BOXING IN THE GULF REGION

  • Motasem El Bawab, Chief Information Officer, N3XT SPORTS
  • UAE Boxing Federation
  • Representative of Ministry
  • Boxer
  • Broadcaster

11:30-12:30 ROUND TABLE 5: SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND HUMANITARIAN INITIATIVES POWERED BY BOXING

  • Estelle Mossely, World and Olympic Champion, Professional Boxer
  • Anna Utkina, Educational and Social Projects Manager, International Boxing Association (IBA)
  • NGO representative
  • National Federation representative
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12:30-13:30 LUNCH BREAK 
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13:30-13:40 AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: IBA AND PROFESSIONAL BOXING COLLABORATION – A JOINT APPROACH TO NEW PROSPECTS 
Umar Kremlev, President, International Boxing Association (IBA)

 

13:40-14:25 PANEL SESSION: IBA AND PROFESSIONAL BOXING COLLABORATION – A JOINT APPROACH TO NEW PROSPECTS

Moderated by:

Angela Barnes, Anchor, Reporter & Moderator, Euronews, ITV

Panelists include:

  • Umar Kremlev, President, International Boxing Association (IBA)
  • Estelle Mossely, World and Olympic champion, IBO Lightweight titleholder
  • Roy Jones Jr, Boxing Legend and Multiple World Champion in Professional Boxing
  • Tammara Thibeault, World Champion Boxer via Elena
  • Promoter
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14:25-14:45 COFFEE BREAK 

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14:45-15:30 PANEL SESSION: ATHLETE HEALTH AND SAFE SPORT

Moderated by:

Angela Barnes, Anchor, Reporter& Moderator, Euronews, ITV

Panelists include:

  • Ben Cohen, Director General, International Testing Agency (virtual)
  • Dr. Ioannis Filippatos, EUBC President
  • Julia Govinden, CEO, United Through Sports (virtual)
  • Frank Koch, Managing Director, Europe, STING
  • Graziella Thake, CEO and Co-Founder, The Optimisation Hub
  • Red Bull extreme athlete
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15:30-16:30 SEMINAR 1: MARKETING AND COMMERCIAL

Presented by: Elizaveta Bracht, Commercial Director, International Boxing Association (IBA)
15:30-16:30 SEMINAR 2: HOW BOXING ACHIEVED GENDER EQUALITY
Presented by: Estelle Mossely, World and Olympic champion, IBO Lightweight titleholder, Zeina Nassar, German National team boxer  
15:30-16:30 SEMINAR 3: ATHLETE SAFEGUARDING BEST PRACTICES
Presented by: Graziella Thake, CEO and Co-Founder, The Optimisation Hub

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16:30-16:45 PRESENTATION: IBA’S DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AND WHAT IT MEANS TO BOXING FANS AND ATHLETES

Motasem El Bawab, Chief Information Officer, N3XT SPORTS

 

16:45-17:30 PANEL SESSION: THE FUTURE IS HERE – BOXING ESPORTS AND DIGITAL TRANSFORMATIONS

Moderated by:

Angela Barnes, Anchor, Reporter & Moderator, Euronews, ITV

Panelists include:

  • George A. Yerolimpos, Secretary General, International Boxing Association (IBA)
  • Vlad Marinescu, President, International Esports Federation (IESF) (virtually)
  • Toli Makris, Founder, CEO, EX Interactive Ventures
  • Motasem El Bawab, Chief Information Officer, N3XT SPORTS
  • Roland Breiteneder DI Mag., CEO, Sportdata
  • Games publisher
17:30-18:00 CLOSING REMARKS FROM THE PRESIDENT AND Q&A SESSION
Umar Kremlev, President, International Boxing Association (IBA)
18:00-18:30 PRESS CONFERENCE
19:30-22:00 GLOBAL BOXING FORUM GALA DINNER

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11

9:30-10:00 REGISTRATION OF PARTICIPANTS AND WELCOME COFFEE

10:00-12:30 IBA ORDINARY CONGRESS

12:30-13:00 PRESS CONFERENCE

13:00-14:00 LUNCH

13:30-14:30 IBA CHAMPION’S NIGHT WEIGH-INS AND FACE-OFFS

14:30-15:00 OPEN TRAINING SESSION WITH ATHLETES AND GUESTS

19:00-23:00 IBA CHAMPIONS’ NIGHT

Special Guests

Multiple World Champion

Roy Jones Jr

World and Olympic Champion

Estelle Mossely

Undisputed World Champion

Kostya Tszyu

World and Olympic Champion

Bakhodir Jalolov

WBA Champion

Dmitry Bivol

World and Olympic Champion

Roberto Cammarelle

World Champion

Beatriz Ferreira

World Champion

Sofiane Oumiha

Organizational Structure

Chairpersons

IBA President, Chair of Organizing Committee

Umar Kremlev

UAE Boxing Federation President, Vice-Chair

Anas Al Otaiba

IBA Secretary General

George A. Yerolimpos

Sport

IBA Sport

Event

IBA Event Team

Promotion & Partnership

IBA Communications Department

IBA Marketing and Commercial Department

Hospitality

IBA Hospitality

Legal

IBA Legal

Finance

IBA Financial department