AT an extraordinary congress on Wednesday, AIBA, the governing body for Olympic boxing, passed a motion to allow professional fighters to enter the Olympic Games. Pros would still need to be selected by their national federations and they could enter one qualification event. That final qualification event for boxing at Rio 2016 will take place in Venezuela in early July.
This qualifier will be for boxers from the World Series of Boxing, AIBA’s APB and now professional boxers.
Speaking to Boxing News at the Women’s World championships in Astana, president of AIBA, Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu said, “AIBA are organising for the APB, WSB and outside professionals, if they come, an event for them to qualify in Venezuela, that will be our event [for pros].