Boxing’s governing body has approved a rule change that means boxers like Tyson Fury, Floyd Mayweather and Wladimir Klitschko could fight at this summer’s Rio Olympics.

The shocking decision comes just weeks before the Games in Rio, Brazil and it hasn’t been well-received by fans or athletes.

The Olympic Games has always been a chance for amateur fighters to prove themselves on the world stage, but the rule change has scrapped that.


The International Boxing Association (AIBA) made the ruling at a meeting in Switzerland.

Any professional who wishes to fight in the Olympics can do so by attending a qualifying event in Venezuela next month, where 26 places are up for grabs.


It is likely that the bigger names in boxing will decide not to attend the qualifying, with IBF super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton saying the ruling is ‘ridiculous’.

He said: “It’s like a badminton player playing tennis, they are two different sports.”

Concerns over the Zika virus affecting the Games actually taking place continue, but fans and competitors alike will also be worried about the state of the boxing competition with these changes.