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Cuba Adopts New Format for Amateur Boxing
    2008-10-03 10:05:58     Xinhua
The Cuban sports authorities announced on Thursday that they will adopt the new international format for amateur boxing fights which will have validity since next year.

The new norm increases the combat time from eight to nine minutes and reduces the number of assaults from four to three and it will be launched in the boxing national tournament by teams which will begin on Sunday, authorities said.

Cuban coaches said that the new norm will not be an inconvenient for Cuban boxers, on the contrary, it is positive because longer assaults allow more tactics and strategies.

During the boxing national tournament by teams will compete boxers from the 14 provinces of Cuba, the best two of each group will pass to the final.

Last year, the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced that since 2009 all the fights would be of three assaults of three minutes each one instead of the four assaults of two minutes each.

Experts said that with the current format, the amateur boxer is urged to hit and not to fight with strategy.

With the new AIBA disposition, the amateur boxers will fight a total of nine minutes in three assaults, while with the current rule, the fight eight minutes in four assaults.


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