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Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex to host Mumbai Fighters’ first home match

Lausanne, Switzerland, 25 October 2011 – The Mumbai Fighters Franchise has announced the venue for its first home fixture for the upcoming WSB season. The Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex boxing arena in Balewadi, Pune will host the opening match against the Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder on 11 November 2011.

This one-of-a-kind venue was built with a futuristic vision in mind, to hold the most sought after international sporting events. The complex in Pune has established itself as one of the best sporting facilities in India since its inception. The centre excelled and surpassed expectation when they contributed to the enormous success of the Youth Commonwealth Games in 2008 and the venue has become a real hub for global sporting events.

After the Youth Olympic Games, the venue hosted the World Junior Table Tennis Circuit in the same year and in 2009 welcomed the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Junior World Championship and continues to excel in the delivery of top-quality events.

The Mumbai Fighters felt this was a fitting arena so decided to make the most of the world-class facilities and set up their training camp there. Feeling at home in these surroundings, the team management rightly decided it would be the perfect setting to start their season in. Boasting a seating arrangement of 2000, the venue is sure to be a cauldron of noise when the Indian Franchise makes its debut in WSB.

Team owner Udit Sheth was excited with this development, stating: “The Mumbai Fighters hosting WSB in the iconic Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex will surely create a real buzz around the event, the world-class facilities are perfect for a spectacle of this magnitude”.

Sheth is also thankful for the continued support and efforts of the Maharashtra State Government, helping to ensure the spectators, WSB and AIBA witness an event to remember. “Indian Boxing Federation (IABF) and Maharashtra Boxing Association (MBA) are doing every bit to make sure WSB is a great success in India”, he declared.

IABF joint secretary Jay Kowli felt the Mumbai Fighters boxers would have a massive advantage by making the training base their home venue. “The boxers will feel completely at home after almost a month of training on-site. Furthermore, the facility is extremely impressive from every point of view. I strongly believe the Indian team will make the most of this advantageous situation”.

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