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GB boxers could enter World Series

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Anthony Joshua may be convinced to remain in amateur boxing should the WSB come calling © PA Photos
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The British Amateur Boxing Association (BABA) is in talks with the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) as it pushes to enter a London-based franchise in the World Series of Boxing (WSB).

The team-based event starts for a third season in November, and the WSB included a provisional London team in its group stage draw.

The competition offers Great Britain's amateur boxers, in particular its Olympic medal winners, a viable financial alternative to turning professional. All WSB boxers receive individual offers to secure their services to the competition on top of their central contracts with the organisation.

Six Irish boxers have already been drafted for the 2012-13 season, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Olympic silver medallists John Joe Nevin and Ken Egan, who have previously competed for franchises in Paris and Miami.

"We have always been supportive of the ideals that underpin WSB," BABA chairman Derek Mapp said. "We recognise its potential to deliver alternative career options for young boxers and are keen to pursue this opportunity."

BABA has steered clear of committing its boxers to the WSB in previous seasons with the Olympics on the horizon. No British boxers have entered the draft stage yet, and there is no guarantee that they would fight for a prospective London team, as all franchises are run as strictly international entities.

But with the prospect of keeping some of its stars as amateurs in the hope of boosting its contingent of qualifiers for Rio 2016 - more qualifying places are made available for WSB-contracted boxers - the move now seems to make sense for the likes of super-heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, who is yet to declare his plans beyond the end of his existing GB contract in March.

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