In what is a great news for India’s first pro-boxer Vijender Singh, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) on June 1 approved a constitutional change allowing professional boxers to be able to take part in the upcoming Olympic Games.
AIBA chief Ching-Kuo Wu (centre). Sportal.co.nz
Vijender during a pro match. NDTV
Many feel that this is unfair to amateur boxers who have been training to be part of the Games for years and now may have to make way for a professional boxer to be part of it.
For now he is focussing on his June 11 match for his maiden title – the WBO Asia belt.
Besides Vijender, who turned pro just a few months back, there are many other known boxers who won Olympic medals as amateurs and later went on to become top professionals.
Few of these known names are Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Vladimir Klitschko.
Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali Theprovince.com