As a former boxer, I tend to keep a close eye on the olympics given how many superstars of boxing have cut their teeth there. I admit I was a bit shocked at the inclusion of professional fighters in the upcoming olympics. I've seen arguments on both sides of the fence for and against it but ultimately I think its logical given the inclusion of other pros in the event. Basketball has the absolute best of the NBA, hockey the best of the NHL. Even soccer allows pros to compete (although there is an age limit there). Boxing is pretty much one of the only sports historically that has been for "amateurs" only. Then again, most other olympic sports do not typically have professional sports leagues and world cup events (skiing for example) do not disqualify skiers from returning to the olympics if they qualify (And in fact world events lead to qualification). So what are your thoughts? The detractors of it feel there could be some horrible mismatches, putting a seasoned pro boxer up against a relative newcomer (Who could be as young as 19). The age limit was raised in part due to pro's being included (and the removal of headgear). I predict boxing in Tokyo will be very interesting this year depending on which pros are willing to fight for their countries without a big PPV payday.