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Boxing: India to take on Russia in first WSB clash

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

will be up against in their first clash of of (WSB) next month, a much-anticipated return to the semi-professional event sanctioned by the International Association (AIBA).

The team has been named 'Indian Tigers' but the boxers, who will make up the outfit, have not yet been finalised.

The franchise, fully owned by the Federation of India, will replace Fighters, the team that had withdrawn in 2012 due to lack of support from the national body at that time.

The clash against is scheduled to be in the first week of February, a Boxing Federation of told

In March, the country will host the franchise on March 24. The other home clashes for would be on April 20 and 21 against and respectively.

In the away schedule, India will take on and on February 10 and March 9 respectively.

India, Russia, and make for Group in the eighth edition of the event.

The WSB's format will follow the three-group, regional regular season and global play-offs. Boxers in the 10 Olympic weight categories can take part in th tournament, which also doubles up as an Olympic qualifiers.

The other two groups in WSB are and

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 17:25 IST