With the recent news of AIBA allowing professional boxers to fight in the Olympics, many fans of the sport have expressed their displeasure with this. The most recent organization to come out against this rule was the British Boxing Board of Contraol (BBBofC). See their full statement below:
BBBofC Statement: Following the announcement that AIBA are to permit professional boxers to compete in future Olympic Games, the British Boxing Board of Control confirm their objection to such a proposal.
It is the belief of the British Boxing Board of Control that such a move is against the spirit of the Olympics, disrespectful to the many GB Amateur boxers who, throughout the Olympic cycle compete around the world in qualifying tournaments and ultimately dangerous.
It is the hope of the British Boxing Board of Control and many within the professional Sport in Great Britain and throughout the world that AIBA reconsider such a move that is not beneficial to the Sport as a whole.
What do you guys think of this new rule? Is this good or bad for the sport? Share your comments below.