Lenox Lewis didn’t mince words in saying that pro boxing fighters in Olympic Games would be preposterous for the sport.
“I kind of think it is preposterous, to a certain degree. The amateur system is based for amateurs — this is why we put in the headgear to protect them because they have a lack of experience and they are not that primed as a professional yet.
“Now all of a sudden, you get a world champion or somebody in the top 10 as a professional now going against basically an amateur, somebody with a lack of experience — I don’t look at that as being fair.”
Lewis won a gold medal for Canada in super-heavyweight division at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games before turning into pro and subsequently becoming one of the best heavyweight champions of all time.
International Boxing Association (AIBA) is proposing to allow pro fighters competing in the Olympic Games. No other than eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao supports such proposal as the Filipino boxer even wants to represent the Philippines at the Olympic Games in Rio, if this proposal pushes through.
Sources: PA Sport/ ESPN