THE KAZAKHSTAN boxing federation are denying any knowledge of the canceled match up with Ireland, according to the insidethegames website.
The IABA had billed the a meeting a with ‘the no.1 boxing nation in the world’ to mark the 75th anniversary of the opening of the National Stadium, but fight night scheduled for March 14 was later cancelled.
Visa issues and circumstances outside the IABA’s control were since claimed as the reason behind the reason the IABA cancelled the show on March 12.
However according to insidethegames the KBF say they were never aware of a match up. The website also claims the AIBA have denied knowledge of the scheduled fight night
“Our Federation coordinates all the boxing matches that our National Boxing Team is involved,” Dinara Bolatbekkyzy, coordinator for international relations at the KBF, toldinsidethegames.
“And in the official schedule of our team, international boxing match between Ireland and Kazakhstan is not mentioned at all.”
Further investigation by the KBF revealed the team scheduled to go to Dublin was, in fact, a regional club from Almaty, over which the national governing body does not organise or coordinate fixtures, but was definitely not representative of the national team.