Boxing body calls seedings criticism 'cheap shot'

BY foxsports • September 28, 2011

Amateur boxing's governing body says ''insinuations'' that a new seeding system at the World Championships favors Azerbaijan is a ''cheap shot.''

All nine Azerbaijani boxers were given a top-eight seeding for the upcoming event in their home country. That comes shortly after the BBC reported that Azerbaijan allegedly paid $9 million to the World Series of Boxing - a subsidiary of AIBA - to ensure it wins gold medals at the 2012 Olympics.

Fighters at all weights except heavyweight and super-heavyweight divisions are guaranteed Olympic spots by reaching the quarterfinals at the worlds in Baku.

AIBA said the new seeding system was not ''introduced for any improper purpose'' but was meant to encourage smaller countries to host the worlds.

It rejected what it called ''insinuations contained in recent media reports,'' but did not specify where.

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