Two-time world champion and star British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan has finally lived up to the promise he made to bring a professional boxing league to Pakistan.
Super Boxing League Pakistan was inaugurated yesterday in a star-studded event at the Karachi’s Marriott Hotel. Amir Khan and CEO ARY Digital Network Salman Iqbal will jointly serve as the chairmen of the league.
This will be the first-ever professional boxing league in Pakistan.
SBL is comprised of 8 teams named after major cities of Pakistan. The teams include Lahore Rams, Sialkot Shers, Multan Nawabs, Faisalabad Falcons, Quetta Gladiators, Pakhtoon Warriors, Karachi Cobras, and Islamabad Kings.
Each team will consist of 12 boxers of which 10 will be male boxers and 2 will be female.
Celebrity franchise owners
Perhaps the most interesting bit about the Super Boxing League is that each of the franchise is owned by a celebrity from the sports, entertainment and music industry of Pakistan.
For example, Pakistani icon cricketer Shahid Khan Afridi owns the Pakhtoon Warriors team, the sultan of swing Wasim Akram owns Multan Nawabs, Qawal icon Rahat Fateh Ali Khan owns Faisalabad Falcons, and Pakistan’s best game show host Fahad Mustafa jointly owns the Karachi Cobras team.
About Super Boxing League Pakistan
Super Boxing League (SBL) is being organized in association with World Boxing Council (WBC) and Punjab Sports Board.
The tournament will begin from September 28, 2018, and will go on un till November 3, 2018. The matches will take place inside the Amir Khan Boxing Academy Islamabad.
To ensure the tournament is top notch and follows international rules, WBC will be personally supervising it.
The first season will bring a mix of experienced youth with new talent from across featherweight (57 kg), welterweight (66.7kg), middleweight (72.57 kg), super middleweight (76.2 kg), heavyweight (unlimited), and female super-fly (52.16 kg) categories.
The schedule of the matches and fixtures along with boxer names and other details will be released as the start date of the league comes close.