Boxing: Seedings criticism is 'a cheap shot'

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The Independent Online

Amateur boxing's world governing body the AIBA have hit back at criticism of their seeding system for the World Championships in Azerbaijan, describing media "insinuations" as a "cheap shot".

All nine Azeri boxers have been given a top-eight seeding for the competition, in which fighters at all weights bar heavyweight and super-heavyweight are guaranteed Olympic places if they reach the quarter-finals.

The host seeding rules were only introduced at an AIBA congress last month, raising allegations of favouritism.