It has now been made official after months of speculation and debate, that professional boxers will be able to compete at this year's Olympic Games in Brazil. The news has broke this morning that the AIBA (Amateur International Boxing Association) have made the controversial move - with 84 votes out of 88 member federations voting in favour of the change.…
IBF To Ban Pro Boxers Who Compete At 2016 Rio Olympics
The IBF (International Boxing Federation) are the latest governing body in the professional code to join the voice against professional boxers fighting at the Olympics.
Recently, the WBC (World Boxing Council) came out and said that they would also ban from it’s rankings any professional boxer found to be competing at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio.
The IBF have followed suit although with a slightly shorter ban promise (1 year) along with a promise to strip any of it’s title holders of their respective weight division’s belts.
Recently there had been a number of professional fighters who expressed interest in taking part at this year’s Olympics, including the likes of Hassan N’Dam, Amir Khan and Chris Eubank Jr.
However, as the weeks have gone on since the initial announcement from the International Boxing Association (formerly called the AIBA) confirmed the new rule change that will allow professionals compete at the Olympics, there seems to be a growing feeling that very few if any will actually take them up on the new rule change.
The news for the most part has been blasted from different people in the boxing industry for a multitude of reasons including it’s risks for fighters and potential long-term implications for amateur boxing.