Thailand steps up to host boxing youth worlds

The International Boxing Association says Thailand has stepped

in to stage the 2012 Youth World Championships after Italy gave up

hosting rights.

AIBA says the event will be held Oct. 15-28 in Bangkok.

Italy had been the only official bidder but withdrew its

candidacy in December. AIBA did not specify reasons for Italy

pulling out.

Thailand’s offer to stage the event signals improved relations

with the governing body after that national federation was briefly

suspended last year following disputes over elections.