The WSB is the first ever league tournament organized by AIBA for professional-style boxing. The WSB also offers amateur boxers long term security, a guaranteed salary and regular competitive boxing at the highest level and allows them to retain their eligibility for the Olympic Games.
Ina statement signed by the Secretary General of the Association, Dominic Kankan said that the introduction of this programme by AIBA was to bridge the gap between Olympic and Professional boxing and also help in reuniting the broader boxing world with its amateur foundation.
He noted that the terms of the franchise allows Ahmed to participate in the Olympic Games and any other related qualifying tournaments, and in the event that no such tournaments takes place in any year, he will be permitted to represent his National Federation in any AIBA sanctioned tournaments.
On numeration, he indicated that the franchise will pay a minimum fixed salary to all the boxers even though they also are entitled to negotiate for themselves. The franchise will also pay all bonuses and other allowances that the boxer is entitled to.
Ahmed Saraku, is the third Ghanaian amateur boxer set to sign with a WSB Franchise following in the footsteps of his colleagues, Maxwell Amponsah who is in Astana Arlans, Kazakhstan and Commonwealth Bronze medalist, Yekeni Awusone in Beijin Dragons, China who already have signed with the franchise.
Ahmed is set to leave the country on Sunday, 20th February to Memphis and scheduled to return to Ghana on March 24th, 2011 as the first season for the Memphis Force team ends on March 17th.
The release noted that the participation of Ghanaian boxers in the WSB training programme is in line with the local Federations long term development plan. The initial term for Ahmed’s contract will be three seasons with the World Boxing Series.