The World Boxing Council, voicing the opinion of thousands from the boxing community from around the world, once again confirms absolute rejection to the proposal of having professional fighters compete in the Olympic Games of Rio 2016.
The WBC contacted IOC President, Mr. Thomas Bach, and the response from IOC directs the WBC to contact AIBA. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has sent a letter to AIBA President, Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu.
If AIBA allows professional fighters without any restrictions or without evaluating the level of competition, it will be a high risk decision that places the health and wellbeing of Olympic fighters in the hands of AIBA and in the hands of every single member of any national boxing commission voting in favor of having professionals compete in Rio 2016.
The WBC hereby confirms that any WBC champion and any top 15 rated boxer in the WBC rankings who decide to participate in the Olympics will be banned from the WBC for 2 years.
All WBC champions and most of the top 15 rated fighters in the WBC will represent a very dangerous challenge to any Olympic boxer, due to the natural physical strength, experience and level of competition.