But although the ABAE initially appeared prepared to accept the WABF, the body was not accepted and boxers from WABF clubs continued to be banned from fighting in England.
Former WABF secretary Stuart Price of Maesteg said: "We were advised that we had an excellent chance of success if we took the ABAE to court, but we lost.
Mr Price, a former award-winning boxer and trainer, said letters had now been sent to all the clubs and individuals who had joined the WABF, asking them to contribute towards the costs that would have to be paid to the ABAE.
Gary Butcher, secretary of Cwmcarn Boxing Club, who has also had a legal charge put on his home, said he planned to organise four fundraising boxing shows: "A number of people have said they will chip in, including Enzo Maccarinelli [the former WBO world cruiserweight champion, who fought under the WABF banner before turning professional].
That would have opened the way for WABF members to take part in international bouts.
Lawyers acting for the WABF claimed a series of meetings and letters sent by the ABAE in the summer of 1999 proved there was a contractual agreement to accept the WABF as an affiliate member.
Vernon Flynn, for the WABF, said that since Mr Justice Garland's decision more than 100 boxers and 15 clubs have left the WABF, increasing the drop-out rate between junior and senior boxing - and encouraging many young fighters to turn professional before they are ready.
Currently WABF boxers can only fight each other and the organisation is not accepted by the European Amateur Boxing Association or the world governing body, the Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur.