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Six countries in the fray for World Series

SIX countries are in the fray for four Asian city slots in the World Series of Boxing, which will pit franchise teams against each other in a league format from late 2010.

China, India, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Thailand and Qatar were interested in taking the slots.

Twelve franchises, four each from Asia, Europe and the Americas, will compete in a league format. Officials are keen to spice up boxing and find new audiences and funding.

With professional boxing splintered because of the array of different governing bodies and weight classifications, the amateur version hopes the World Series of Boxing will strike a chord with disaffected fans.

An International Amateur Boxing Association team would give a presentation to prospective Indian franchises next month, the national federation said in a statement.

China got a taste of boxing success at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with light-flyweight Zou Shimin and light-heavyweight Zhang Xiaoping grabbing the country's first two golds in the sport.


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