Earlier today Korea BoxingM (KBM) announced the details of their fourth Battle Royal tournament.
This year fighters will be accepted into all 17 weight classes, a big increase from the last few years where they've actually been reducing the weight classes used. The first tournament was in 8 divisions, that dropped to 7 for Battle Royal 2 and then down to 5 last year.
The reason for the change appears to be the number of applicants and this allowed KBM to be flexible in their approach, merging divisions if they lack enough fighters, or using alternative weight classes if a division has too many fighters.
The hope is to have 16 fighters in each division, with the tournament set to begin on March 28th with the round of 16. The winners of that will return on May 16th in the quarter final, before the semi finals on July 11th and then the finals, which are scheduled for September 5th.
The tournament will see all bouts scheduled for 4 rounds except the finals, which will be 6 rounds. The the different stages will also come with different financial rewards.
As with all tournaments like this there are specific criteria for entrants. These include things like age restrictions, with the competition being open only to those between 16 and 42, with those over 37 needing doctors certificates of health. Fighters who have been top amateurs aren't allowed to enter and neither are those who have participated in a previous Battle Royal tournament.
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