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Twitter Reacts To AIBA’s Decision To Allow Professional Boxers To Compete At The Olympics

Members of the AIBA, amateur boxing’s international governing body, have voted to allow professional boxers to compete at the Olympic’s starting at this year’s Rio games.

The proposed amendment to the AIBA constitution was approved at a congress held in Lausanne, Switzerland on Wednesday, with 84 of 88 delegates voting in favour of the change.

Professional fighters hoping to qualify for the event will only have one chance to do so however, as the final qualification tournament takes place next month in Venezuela.

The boxing world has known for sometime that this was likely to happen, but the news of it’s official confirmation has been met with widespread revulsion by a majority within the sport.

Many expressed their disgust in the aftermath of the announcement via Twitter.

Though the disapproval of some observers has been fuelled by the perception that this will lead to a swath of mismatches, with professional sportsmen brutalizing ‘young’ amateurs…

…others see things very differently. Belfast’s super-bantamweight titleholder Carl Frampton focused on the fact that the two sports are so different and suggested that it was unfair to amateurs who might now lose out on qualification.

Frampton disagreed with a fan’s assertion that the amateur fighters would be at a dangerous disadvantage, however.

Dublin pro Paul Hyland agreed, in more definite terms.

The best response to the news however, came from double-Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes. Upon hearing the announcement, the cheeky veteran immediately called out the man considered by many to be the pro-game’s pound-for-pound king, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.