The Amateur International Boxing Association has already dropped headgear and it’s controversial punch-count scoring system from the Olympics. Now it’s apparently dropping the word Amateur.
According to the Boston Globe, the AIBA will create its own pro circuit, and will change eligibility rules to allow professional boxers to earn salaries and prize money, yet still compete in the Olympics.
You won’t see any of today’s top boxing stars competing in the Games, or see Mike Tyson coming out of retirement to go for the gold (unfortunately): only boxers with fewer than fifteen bouts under their belts will be eligible to compete, as long as they join the AIBA circuit two years before the Rio Olympics.
The changes have been pushed by AIBA president Wu Ching-kuo of Taiwan, who wants to stop losing promising boxers who are being lured away by agents, trainers, and promoters.