Olympics to allow pro fighters

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  1. Canelo

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    In summary, the AIBA will be allowing professional fighters to fight in the Olympics in what will become a more professional event, in terms of rules and format.

    The global exposure that this could bring would be brilliant for a lot of fighters.
     
  2. Seano

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    Stupid idea.
     
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    Are there any other Olympic sports which bar professionals?

    Not for 2016, though. I imagine some of these guys are still adjusting to the rule change, and putting them against seasoned pros is putting them at a disadvantage. Change it for 2020.
     
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    I don't like change.
     
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    I don't like it, imagine training as an am simply to reach the pinnacle of the olympics and then getting Evander Holyfield in the first round.
     
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    That's like drawing Russia at ice hockey in the 80's....but if you win..

    I don't like it for one reason.. fighters won't compete.. why would fighters risk their records and, in this era, their earning potential for a free fight? they wouldnt.. so we are going to get a bunch of scrub pros competing against a bunch of amateurs.
     
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    Wow, this is something I expected would never happen.

    I guess it makes a lot of sense from the Olympics POV - huge revenue from guys that usually get paid millions fighting for free.

    If all of the pros really want that medal, we could have the boxing version of the Pride GP days.

    Feel bad for the real amateurs though.
     
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    WE DONT NEED ANOTHER FUCKIGN ALPHABET CHAMP!
     
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    I'm sure there will still be qualifiers. It's not like they're saying if a pro shows up, he can fight for medal just for being there.

    And if that scrub pro beats his amateur competition to get in, meh I guess that makes sense.
     
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    Another horrible idea from the Olympics committee or whoever made this call. I hope zero pros compete.
     
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    Well think about it like this

    Young fighters have a natural disadvantage.. so the deck will be stacked against them.. even the best of them, like DLH, is not immune... and there's also the question of whether it's really fair.. There's a video of Felix Savon fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucking David Tua uuuuuuuuuuuup!!!! I probably understated the u's there....but its a man vs. a boy...
     
  13. Moezao

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    You've got a point there. Some fighters have the olympics as a living, it's unfair to them if you get a pro that already makes millions kicking their asses.
     
  14. TheBigRedOne

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    May well. The NBA has been doing it for nearly 20 years.
     
  15. Sharkey

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    Doesn't matter to someone like Andy Cruz. He's still going to box the shit out of any bantamweight that qualifies and decides to show up.
     
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    I don't like it, if only for the fact all the young guys scouts go to handpick will get bashed up by a seasoned guy whose already been there and done it. Besides, amateur boxing is the purest form of the sport, you chuck in all these prize fighters and it makes a farce of it in my opinion...
     
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    But if those prize-fighters are better at the "pure-version" (I don't agree) of the sport than the guys who still compete as amateurs, why shouldn't they qualify?

    Is it somehow less pure because normally they take money for fighting, even though they aren't this time?

    It's not like there's two different qualifying lanes or anything. Pro's will have to qualify the same. May the best man win, imo. But not until 2020.
     
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    not a fan in theory but it would be kind of cool to see Loma go down there and get himself a third gold then hop right back into the pros.
     
  19. MC Paul Barman

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    This is fucked up.

    It's going to be like letting the Harlem Globetrotters play against pro teams in the NBA. Exposing established champs like Curry, Lebron, Westbrook for a bunch of chumps.
     
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    Even worse....
    This is like letting actual athletes compete in the UFC. You're going to scare out the current roster pulling shit like this.
     
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