A picture from the Saudi Arabia bout between Vargas and Ball. GETTY IMAGES

The organisation, which will come into existence in 2023, will continue to operate on the basis of the rules established at the congress in Frankfurt last November. At that meeting, Van der Vorst was elected as the first President. Michael Müller, Sports Director of the DBV, has recently joined the Board of Directors.

The new, as yet unrecognised, organisation will build on the foundations laid at its inaugural congress in Frankfurt in November 2023. It was created in April following the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to suspend the International Boxing Association (IBA) as the governing body of world boxing. "It was a very good congress. Now we are fully equipped to act," Michael Müller, sports director of the German Boxing Association (DBV), told the Deutsche Presseagentur, as reported by the Volksstimme.

It was at this congress that the first representatives of the association were elected to take over the reins of world boxing. The first president was the Dutchman Boris van der Vorst. 26 of the 27 national federations that had joined the organisation were present.

Boxing at the Paris 2024 Olympics is currently under the control of the IOC itself, but a decision has yet to be made. Only last week, the qualifying trials were held for the athletes to take part in the Olympic competition in the French capital. For the time being, a lot remains to be resolved. Boxing is not yet part of the Olympic programme for the 2028 Summer Games in Los Angeles.

The IOC will have to decide on the sport's governance. There is no governing body for the sport, as the current IBA has been for decades. World Boxing is still not recognised by the IOC. Its efforts are directed towards this goal. According to the Volksstimme, Müller is confident that this will happen: "If we do our homework well, I am very sure," he said.

In any case, the boxers have so far managed to keep their dream alive, both in Tokyo 2020 and in Paris 2024, as boxing remains on the Olympic programme, managed by an IOC working group. 

It remains to be seen what will happen after Paris 2024. The boxing world is confident that it will indeed be retained, given the appeal and essence of this discipline, which has always been closely linked to the Olympic movement, but this is still officially unknown.