Hyderabad:For all the good it would do for Indian boxing, Olympian pugilist Akhil Kumar says the AIBA World Series is not for the faint-hearted as amateurs will have to make major adjustments in the event which borrows heavily from professional boxing.
"Amateurs will need a lot of heart to fight in this series. It is not for the faint-hearted. Boxing is a house of pain and if one is scared of getting injured and hurting himself, he should not come to boxing then. I know have that heart and I would play," Akhil, who recently went up a division to feather weight, told PTI.
The World Series of Boxing, scheduled for September next year, will have competed in five rounds with boxers having to fight without there head-guards.
The Series would comprise 12 franchisees of 10 boxers each, to be picked during the World Championship in Milan this August-September.
Akhil said if India gets to be one of the franchisees it would put the country on the world map.
"It (World Series of Boxing) will highlight the boxers and put Indian boxers on top of the world," Akhil said.