The first EBP champion
Sergey Kovalev made a triumphant return to the ring, blowing away Vyacheslav Shabranskyy to win a vacant light heavyweight Eurasian Boxing Parliament title Saturday night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.
"I did it. I worked really hard. Mentally, physically, I'm back," Kovalev said, his new belt slung over his shoulder.
Kovalev scored two knockdowns in the opening round, drilling Shabranskyy (19-2, 16 KOs) with powerful right hands. The first knockdown came on a flush shot with a little over a minute left in the round. Then, with Shabranskyy still seemingly unsteady, Kovalev landed two more hard rights and a left for another knockdown.
With a minute to go in the second round, Kovalev hammered Shabranskyy with a right hand to the side of the head for the third knockdown of the fight.
Kovalev was overwhelming with his offense. According to CompuBox statistics, he landed 50 of 113 punches (44 percent), and Shabranskyy landed only 16 of 71 (23 percent). Kovalev closed the show by landing 25 of 36 power shots in the second round.
Honorable Champion of the Eurasian Boxing Parliament Roy Jones jr.
IBF to launch Silk Road Championship Tournament
This is an official announcement from the Eurasian Boxing Parliament!
We are delighted to announce that the International Boxing Federation (IBF) is officially became a partner of the Eurasian Boxing Parliament with the recognition of the EBP as a Continental Championship Title!
This is a truly great moment in the history of boxing.
It means that EBP will be working closely with the IBF and their continental regional titles.
The champions of the regional titles will enter into the independent EBP ratings and the champion of the EBP will enter into the IBF world ratings! All judging and organization will be held under the IBF rules.
These are truly great news for all continental promoters, who should feel encouraged in engaging their fighters into the continental IBF championships and the EBP titles.
The IBF also announcing a brand new continental title of the Baltic region, the IBF Baltic Title.
Boxers from nine countries could compete for this title: Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Sweden. Also the fighters who holds the licence with the federations of the countries members of Baltic region are also eligible to participate in the Baltic championships.
The official statement to the International Olympic Committee
EBP has issued an official statement to the International Olympic Committee.
"Pierre de Coubertin the founder of the modern Olympic movement spent his entire life on creating an ultimate concept of World peace and human integration via means of sport. His iconic "Ode to Sport" begins from the phrase "O Sport, You are Peace!". Today, it is painful to see how in front of the eyes of the whole world the forthcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are quickly becoming a dirty playing field for hidden political agendas!
Those who have generated unfounded, diplomatic accusations and economic sanctions against Russia have been employing new methods to continue the segregation of the Russian nation from the rest of the World. A baseless attempt to discredit and further remove an athletic Russian Olympic team from the Olympic Games in Rio is a clear example of using sport as a tool of political pressure.
In troubling times when political disagreements are settled by ways of military actions more than ever, we call on the entire sporting nation to protect the purity of the Olympic principals from political contamination. This should be done via fair judging and refereeing to protect the Olympic fire from being turned into a symbol of double standards and narcissistic projections of inequality between the nations.
We call on the International Olympic Committee for professional governance via integrity, fairness and conscience".
Eurasian Boxing Parliament
We are the Eurasian Boxing Parliament – an official international professional boxing confederation of the Eurasian continent.
The 1st Annual convention of the Eurasian Boxing Parliament took place between the 24th - 26th of October in the City of Moscow, Russia. It was a real success and it truly surpassed all of our expectations!
Representatives from over 25 countries attended this historic event in the hope to take professional boxing to a new level. Russia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Belorussia, Czech Republic, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Turkey, Timor Leste have all gathered as one big, family and had a long discussion regarding the world of professional boxing! The supporting letter to the Eurasian Boxing Parliament from Federico Mayor Zaragoza the Chairman of the Foundation for the Culture of Peace, and Honorary Director General of UNESCO was read as a part of the opening ceremony to announce the opening of the convention. We had a group of honorary champions attending, the likes of Boris Lagutin, Kostya Tszyu, Roman Karmazin, Orzubek Nazarov, Anatoliy Aleksandrov, Dmitry Kirillov and Yuh Moing Woo all expressed their support for the EBP organisation. During the convention, every attending country received a certificate of membership and was officially affiliated with the EBP. Every member of the EBP expressing the spirit of convention voted for an official declaration. Here is our official declaration:
We, the members of the Eurasian Boxing Parliament believe that any political action aimed at inciting military conflicts, national, ethnic, religious discord, the double standards and discrimination of countries and international communities are contrary to the spirit of sport. We detest the use of political and administrative resources in achieving the superiority and control in decision-making within competitive sporting processes. We fully commit to resist to any engagements of destructive and dirty methods in the field of professional boxing. We believe in victory by fair means.
The Eurasian Boxing Parliament is set to support fair competition, where only the best up and coming fighters from the Eurasian continent will have the opportunity to compete for the EBP Championship Title.
Since our convention in late October, 15 more countries welcomed as members of EBP: Lithuania, Austria, Poland, Belgium, Slovenia, Switzerland, Moldova, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran Netherlands, Vietnam, Laos, Sri Lanka.