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8/8/11 1:46 PM
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Joe Ray
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Pro boxers 'could compete at 2016 Olympics in Rio'

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has declined to rule out the possibility of professional boxers competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

The International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) is introducing a pro tournament in 2013 and claims fighters who appear will be eligible for Rio.

And an IOC spokesman told BBC Sport: "We are currently discussing the project with them [AIBA].

"The IOC encourages the participation of the best athletes at the Olympics."


http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/boxing/14446438.stm
8/8/11 1:47 PM
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I do not like this idea.

8/8/11 2:30 PM
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Joe Ray - I do not like this idea.



I agree, if you want to see boxing totally fall off, the long term consequences would be profound. The Olympics is the big spring board for amateur blue chip talent before turning pro. So many careers have been focused as working as amateurs toward an Olympic showcase which helps develop fundamentals.

Not only that, a lot of good pro boxers would probably lose to experienced international competitors because the games are so different.

Leave Olympic boxing to the amateurs.
8/8/11 2:33 PM
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Yep. The Olympics should be the high point for the unpaid classes.

That should not be denied to them.

8/16/11 4:10 PM
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Horrible idea, as Buddie pointed out, if it happens, it is going to cause profound damage to both the U.S. and British amatuer programs.
8/17/11 2:08 AM
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 Not a fan of this at all. Not only are the Olympics probably the best way for amateurs to get their names out there before they enter the pro ranks, but the differences between Olympic boxing and professional boxing are pretty huge. Let amateurs continue to strive for Olympic glory before their pro careers, and keep the pros away from it.
8/18/11 7:13 AM
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we do not need this shit in the UK , our successful amateurs get lots of publicity and generate lots of interest when they decide to turn pro .

it's cool and exciting when we have an big name amateur starting in the pro ranks .

fuck this idea .

I don't want to see Michael Sprott in the Olympics :( Phone Post
8/18/11 2:23 PM
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Horrible idea.
8/25/11 9:05 AM
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No no no. For martial art competitions, amateurs are the way to go. Like everyone said, it's a springboard for fighters that brings glory to their unpaid occupation Phone Post

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