One of the last amateur Olympic sports has decided to open their doors to professionals on Wednesday; however, this move seems to have generated for the most part criticism.
The measure passed at AIBA by 95 percent, which is the congress of the amateur boxing federation in Lausanne, Switzerland,.
Ching-Kuo Wu, who is the federation’s president, says,“This is a momentous occasion for AIBA, for Olympic boxing and for our sport as a whole and represents another great leap forward in the evolution of boxing.”
Despite Wu’s announcement, it was a very strong negative reaction that included disapproval from the Irish professional Carl Frampton, who is a former British professional Ricky Hatton and the British professional Stephen Smit.
“Pros boxers being allowed to fight in Olympics is ridiculous!” Frampton said on Twitter. “They’re two different sports. It’s like a badminton player playing tennis.”