WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has questioned recent comments by Amir Khan that the former Olympic silver medallist wanted to compete for Pakistan at Rio 2016.
A recent June 1 rule change by the AIBA has made it possible for professional fighters to attempt to qualify for this summer’s event and Khan is the most high-profile boxer to show initial interest in the idea of going for gold.
Sulaiman has already launched massive opposition against the AIBA move and believes Khan may be ill-informed as to the dangers an ex-world champion could pose to a young amateur boxer in a fight.
“I don’t think Amir Khan has the correct information about the matter,” Sulaiman exclusively told World Boxing News
“Amir is a really nice person, a family man, always positive and loyal to fair play, so I cannot imagine Amir thinking about fighting against a kid. All you needed to do is look at a photo of Amir when he fought in the Olympics and compare it to today´s Amir and that is what he could be up against.”
A two-year ban has been set by the WBC for any pros who take part in an AIBA event and Sulaiman outlined that Khan would be no exception to being omitted from any World Boxing Council participation.
“If he competes in the Olympic games in Rio, the WBC will have no other alternative but to suspend him for two years of any WBC activity,” he said.
Khan has since backtracked on his initial comments after hearing of Sulaiman’s imposed sanctions.
The 29 year-old recently lost out to Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez via a crushing knockout defeat for the WBC middleweight title and looks set to return to 147 pounds for his next bout.