First ABA meet from June 5 to 8:
Slimline boxers out to dominate
The ABA Men & Women Novices Boxing Meet will be held at Royal College
boxing ring Colombo 7 from June 5 to 8, commencing from 4.00 p.m daily.
This meet is open to all men & Women boxers over 17 years and below 34
years. Any boxer who has never won any ABA Novices meet and ABA
Intermediate Meet before or not won any major meet conducted by the ABA
or not represented for Military or Police Boxing Tournaments are
eligible to participate in this meet.
All fresher boxers are allowed to take part in this meet.
The winners and runner up of this meet will qualify to take part in
the prestigious Layton Cup, Clifford Cup and National Boxing
ABA Novices Meet will be conducted according to the international
rules. All men bouts will consist of three rounds of three minutes each
with one minute interval between them while the women bouts will consist
of four rounds of two minutes each with one minute interval between
There are 10 weight categories for men starting from 49 Kg (Lt Fly
Weight) up to Super Heavy Weight over 91 Kg. There are 10 Weight
categories for women from 48 Kg Pin weight) to 81Kg Heavy Weight.
The medical examination and Weigh in will be held on all 4 days from
08.00 am to 9.00 am at Royal College, Colombo 7.
This meet will be mainly dominated by the boxers from Army, Navy, Air
Force and Police who will enter their full team as done in previous
There is a restriction of boxers for each weight category as per the
ABA?s new rule of allowing only 3 boxers for each weight class for any
This year the forces biggest challenge will come from Slimline SC who
emerged champions in their first ever MAS Novices Boxing Championships
conducted last month.
Apart from that Unichela, Royal MAS Southern, Ghandara, Thurulie,
Colombo YMCA, Vidyarathana SC, Sevali, Vidyartha Kingswood, MAS Linea,
Silverline and Nugegoda boxing Clubs are expected to enter their best
teams to compete at this Meet.
MAS Koggala Boxing Club and Navy are expected to enter a full women
boxing team for this meet. Last year 142 male boxers and 21 female
boxers took part in this meet. In last year’s tournament Air Force and
Navy dominated winning 4 weight categories each in Men Division. Navy
further dominated wining 5 weight categories in Women division.
Last year’s women best boxer award was won by Nadeesha Erandhi of MAS
Southern BC while men best boxer was HS Danushka of Air Force.
The Chief Guest at this year’s finals will be the Cuban National
Coach Julio Santana.