Bid to bring world title fight to Cardiff

July 25, 2011 No Comments »
Bid to bring world title fight to Cardiff

Hopes are growing that Cardiff  could host a boxing world title  fight in 2013.

Councillor Neil McEvoy, deputy  leader of Cardiff council, said  talks were continuing with the  World Boxing Council (WBC) and  promoters to attract a major  bout.

It is hoped the fight could be  staged at either the Millennium  Stadium or Cardiff City Stadium  in conjunction with the WBC  World Annual Convention.

Coun  McEvoy, deputy leader of  Cardiff council, led a delegation  to Cancun, Mexico, last summer  to pitch the Welsh capital as a host  city of the convention in 2013.

If  successful, it would see up to  1,500 of world boxing’s leading  figures – including promoters,  fighters and fans – descend on the  city.

“The upshot is that fights are  made and venues are decided. It  would be great to get people like  Don King and Oscar De La Hoya  in Cardiff to show them what the  city has to offer,” Coun McEvoy  said.

“We think that if we do get the  convention we will be able to get a  title fight in the city. We have got  a good relationship with the WBC  and it’s just a case of continuing  that.”

It’s hoped a second delegation  can be sent to Las Vegas in  December to build on the success  of the three-day WBC Night of  Champions boxing festival last  July.

Coun McEvoy, a former teacher  who wants boxing taught at city  schools, added: “The ambition is  to have Cardiff as the boxing  capital of Europe.

“There is already so much history and pedigree in South Wales  with the likes of Joe Calzaghe.

“If we can get in the mix for  super-fights, with the likes of  Amir Khan and the Klitschkos,  the eyes of the whole world would  be on Cardiff. That can only be  beneficial for the whole of  Wales.”

David Walker, WBC’s representative in the UK, said he was  confident Cardiff would host a  world title fight within the next  few years.

“There is no better place in the  UK than Cardiff as far as I am  concerned. In five years’ time  Cardiff will be the capital of boxing in Europe,” Mr Walker said.

“People are already talking  about it (a title bout) behind the  scenes. There will be a world title  fight in 2013 – I am absolutely  sure of that.”

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