Montreal, August 11, 2023 – The Board of Directors of Boxing Canada wishes to announce a pivotal decision that reflects our unwavering commitment to the Olympic pathway and the future of Boxing in Canada.

Effective immediately, Boxing Canada will be concluding its membership with the International Boxing Association (IBA) and joining the newly formed World Boxing. This strategic decision has been carefully deliberated by the Board of Directors as well as our voting members and reflects Boxing Canada’s commitment to advancing the interests of boxing both within Canada and on the international stage.

Moving forward, Boxing Canada is firmly committed to supporting World Boxing’s continued efforts to secure provisional recognition from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and attain recognition as the International Federation (IF) governing amateur boxing worldwide.

This decision has been formulated after thorough consideration by the Boxing Canada Board of Directors, in consultation with our member provinces. During an Extraordinary Meeting convened on Tuesday, August 1st, 2023, the Board of Directors and the voting membership of Boxing Canada unanimously passed a resolution, affirming the submission of our membership application to World Boxing. This resolution underlines our steadfast commitment to fostering the growth and development of boxing across Canada, and our continued commitment to ensuring that boxing remains and integral part of the Olympic Program.

We extend our gratitude for the continued support and understanding of our members as we embark on this new and promising chapter for Boxing Canada. This strategic decision will empower us to channel our resources and energy towards amplifying the quality and outreach of boxing within Canada, while continue to support our High Performance teams achieve success on the global stage.

We acknowledge and appreciate the indispensable role that our members play in the journey of Boxing Canada, and we eagerly anticipate your continued support as we strive for excellence.

Ryan O’Shea
President, Boxing Canada


Additional Information:

  • View a pdf version of Boxing Canada’s press release here.
  • View the letter to Boxing Canada Members on behalf of President Ryan O’Shea here.
  • Boxing Canada website.