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Thursday, 20 December, 2001, 16:50 GMT
Board switches base to Cardiff
Nicky Piper has been involved in the talks on the BBBC's move
Nicky Piper (left) is delighted at the BBBC's move
The British Boxing Board of Control have confirmed they are moving their base to Cardiff from London.

The move is being made as a cost-cutting measure in the wake of the Michael Watson case.

Watson successfully sued the BBBC for 400,000 after being left with brain injuries following his 1991 fight with Chris Eubank.

At one stage it was thought the BBBC would be bankrupted, but the switch to Cardiff should ensure the future of the body - which has controlled boxing since 1929.

The sale of their old headquarters and the move west has been masterminded by Lord Brooks of Tremorfa, the board's chairman, and is expected to take place in the summer of 2002.

It is a major coup for Cardiff, who will see the city's profile raised again when the World Boxing Council hold their annual conference in Wales in 2004.

That meeting is usually accompanied by a major bill of boxing, with a series of world title fights on the schedule.

Delighted Board member Nicky Piper said Cardiff County Council had provided an attractive package to encourage the BBBC to move, and that they were likely to be based in the city centre.

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