Mr. Vivek Raja is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the Indian Boxing Council (IBC).
During his tenure, the IBC has grown exponentially since its establishment in 2015, transforming the landscape of professional boxing in India. With an unwavering commitment to the sport and a background in engineering, Vivek, brings a unique blend of skills and experience to his role.
THE WORK THUS FAR
Vivek, has been at the helm of the IBC Operations since its inception when professional boxing in India was a completely unknown sport.
Today, the IBC has established itself as the National commission for Pro Boxing in India and evolved into a powerhouse that licenses over 1200 boxers and 40 National Boxing Promoters in addition to sanctioning more than 75 professional boxing events across the country every year.
Global Recognition: The IBC is proudly affiliated with all 3 major Global boxing organizations i.e. World Boxing Council (WBC), World Boxing Organization (WBO) as well as the World Boxing Association (WBA).
Additionally, IBC is the only recognized national commission by the esteemed London based global boxing records organization, Boxrec.com.
Diverse Work Experience: In his 19 years of professional experience, his career in the past included significant roles in Human Resources and Manpower Planning at renowned organizations such as Barclays Shared Services and the Commonwealth Games held in Delhi in 2010.
PROJECTS & PROGRAMMES
Today the IBC collaborates with over 40 different boxing promoters across the lengths and breadth of the country including Delhi, Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Mizoram, Manipur, Rajasthan, Karnataka Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh etc fostering a vibrant ecosystem for professional boxing in India.
Boxing Rankings : India’s first ever Boxing rankings were established by the IBC in collaboration with the World Boxing Council in 2021. These rankings feature over 330 boxer and are updated/ released monthly. The rankings feature the Top 10 in Men and Women Boxing in 18 different weight categories.
Training and Certifications: The IBC has taken significant steps to enhance the quality of boxing in India by training and certifying 100+ boxing ring officials nationwide who are deputed as Supervisors, Ring Officials, Inspectors, Time Keepers etc to maintain the high standards of technical conduct required in the sport.
District Boxing Councils: IBC’s vision includes the establishment of District Boxing Councils to promote boxing at the grassroots level. Currently, the IBC has successfully affiliated 15 District Boxing Councils across Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal, fostering local talent and nurturing future champions.
Broadcast Partnerships: To further popularize the sport, Vivek, is actively involved in projects related to broadcast partnerships. These initiatives involve collaboration with the World Boxing Council and various regional TV partners, expanding the reach of professional boxing in India.