IBF heavyweight title challenger Dominic Breazeale has mixed thoughts on the ruling to allow professionals to compete at the Olympics but says he did consider the possibility himself.
As the American prepares for the biggest challenge of his life against Anthony Joshua on June 25, Breazeale discussed the controversial move by the AIBA that culminates in a tournament for pros to qualify next month in Venezuela.
“I think it’s a good thing and a bad thing,” said Breazeale during a recent media workout.
“AIBA’s doing a good job bringing the councils together and generating a new buzz for the sport. It might be a little too late for some of the professional fighters to get themselves together to compete for their country.
“I like the fact that they’re taking the head gear off because that’s the next step after the Olympics. You go into the pros and there’s not going to be any more padded gloves or head gear that you’re wearing so that’s a good thing.
“As far as the pros, I don’t see any successful pros joining and entering into an amateur competition, but for those that didn’t get a chance to compete in the Olympics they might.
“I have definitely considered it. But I’ve got a fight coming up,” he added.
Breazeale, 30, lost in the preliminary round of the 2012 games in London, which Joshua eventually won, and has his work cut out to end the Britain’s reign at the O2 Arena later this month.
Although both fighters are undefeated, Joshua is a massive favorite with the bookies as ‘AJ’ looks to move on to a unification with the winner of Tyson Fury v Wladimir Klitschko or a mandatory bout with Joseph Parker.