ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) Monday confirmed the participation of 23 countries in the Second Shaheed Benazir Bhutto International Boxing Tournament which will be held from December 20-30 here at the Liaquat Gymnasium, Pakistan Sports Complex. Addressing a press conference PBF president Doda Khan Bhutto said that federation was expecting the confirmation from 15 to 20 more countries by the start of the next month. Doda said that the federation was trying to invite former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson to inaugurate the event and talks were in final stages in this regard. He said that British boxing champion of Pakistan origin Amir Khan has already confirmed his participation as special guest while Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani will also grace the opening ceremony of the event. He further said that a joint camp of almost all the leading Asian countries boxers will start from December 1 at Liaquat Gymnasium. He said that three teams from Pakistan would participate in the event and the 30 probables for the two teams had already been announced while the squad for the third team was yet to be finalised. He said that a three member selection committee including chairman Group Captain Farooq and members Lt Col Nasir Tung and Mehmood Yousuf Butt would finalise the Pakistan squads while the chief coaching responsibility was given to Zaigham Masil. Doda hoped that next year the PBF would be successful in luring more than 100 countries for the third Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Boxing Championship as the deal in this regard was near completion. The PBF president said that around Rs 50-60 million would be spent on the event and the federation had generated all the funds without the help of sponsors to hold that event in a befitting manner. We don't want money or anything else from the sponsors or others we just want all the stakeholders to come and made this mega event a huge success, Doda said. He said that they had chalked out a complete security plan and police and armys help had been sought for this purpose. This event is also a test case as there are a lot of security fears in the international teams and by holding the event in safe and sound way we can prove the critics wrong and this will be first step towards the resumption of international sports in Pakistan.