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Boxing in the Olympics is popular and historic so it's not as if it's struggling to attract investment or interest. It will make it harder for young boxers to emerge and prevent them from having the privilege of competing on the biggest stage of all. A lot of boxers owe their development to the Olympics which could be lost. The amount of opposition from pro boxers themselves could end the proposal
What if this isn't about the Olympics at all?What if AIBA want to try and get a piece of the pro game?Zero chance of it happening but a boxing organization that actually mandates who fights who and when would be a good thing.Too bad that promoters and fighters will happily bin one belt because there are half a dozen others to fight for.
@372. mambo has probably hit the nail on the head, the reason for the professionalisation is because sponsors and organisers want to raise more money and bringing in famous pros would certainly help that. In pro boxing hype is what generates revenue [see Mayweather v Pacquiao 2015]. Even amateur boxing which is a sport in its own right, most people would struggle to name a current world champ.
@366 kishstamaria Well that's ignorant, do you even know any history of the Olympics? Because combat sports are a massive part of it and are tradition. "I dont think that boxing should be considered "SPORT" in the Olympic games"? SMH....
The whole concept of the Olympics, inaugurated in 1896, was to host an event which basically crowned 'World' champions in respective sports. Athletes went to the host city by sea.Now, given the advantages of fast air travel, most sports (athletics, football, boxing, hockey, rugby, judo, swimming etc.) host their own World Championships so the magic of the Olympics has sadly been devalued.
Forget sporting ethics, forget Citius - Altius - Fortius, think costs and profits. It is about packing the stadiums with paying customers to maximise profits for the host country as well as boosting viewing numbers to enable better deals with sponsors for the profits of the Olympic organisation. Ban all team sports, ban nationalism, anthems and flags, person against person is the way.
Olympics being an amateur event vanished before many of us were born. These runners,ice skaters and so on are all pro and not amateur. I think the issue for boxing is that this could seriously harm future talents. Olympics help to mould what could be future boxers like Joshua. That gold really set up his journey to the world title.Separate the pro and amateur. More pros would join.
There are very few true amateur sports and I realise boxing being one of them but allowing tennis and football professionals changed the Olympics and there is no turning back.
It is already a very dangerous sport so why on earth would someone consider adding the element of fire? This is sensible criticism as the concept has not been properly thought out.
I understand that my point of view will be very unpopular so I apologise, but isn't this what the Olympics is for? The reason for the competition is for the best athletes in the world to compete against each other. The Olympics is not a training ground for up and comers; it's a proving ground for the very best. I just hope this decision wasn't taken solely for monetary gain.
Its what happens when you start letting pros into the Olympics. The amateur concept has to be complete or discarded. You cannot say well Andy Murray can participate but Tyson Fury cannot.Not that I advocate going down that route. The answer is to stop professionals participating full stop. If that is not done the Olympics will become just another corporate jamboree (if it isn't already).
I dont think that boxing should be considered "SPORT" in the Olympic games. Boxers hurt their opponents and it is not a game. It is like a legal name for hurting each other without you getting arrested. Whether professional/amateur it should not be considered a sport.
@356, the decision to remove headguards was absolutely correct, there were MORE concussions and more TBIs WITH headguards than without. Exactly the same statistics with cycle helmets which have proven ineffective.More risk taking, more shots adding leverage & rotation to the head instead of glancing blows off the skull. My brother boxed pre headguards and said more fighters took greater risks
This is a joke, but not just a joke about Olympic professional boxing inclusion.The Olympics should be the pinnacle for any sportsman. Any sports that regard their own events as more important than the Olympics (golf, football etc. etc.) don't need the Olympics - and the Olympics doesn't need them either.That should be the yardstick for Olympic inclusion.
If I am watching a sport on TV, I want to see the very best in the world playing it. We allow pros to compete in other Olympic sports including track and field, so it is hypocritical to exclude pro boxers. Having said that, any sport where the best in the world won't compete - as will be the case with boxing where the top pros have too much to lose - shouldn't be an Olympic sport anyway.
Amatuer boxing as a sport. Professional boxing is showbiz.
if the professionals and amateurs were kept separated then i would have no issue at all, as it is i hope common sense prevails.
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