The World Boxing Council announces that professional boxers who make the fateful decision to compete against amateurs at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, will face a winter of discontent, plus more seasons out in the cold.
In the Grand Oasis Hotel in Cancun at the 57th WBC annual Convention, its President Mauricio Sulaiman said seasoned pros should never fight young still developing amateurs, explaining it’s an issue of principal. He said:
‘’We are inspired by the South Africa ban that my Father did with WBC in 1975, when we supported the efforts of Nelson Mandela to combat the horrible act of discrimination. The WBC started a ban on anyone who would participate in boxing in South Africa, supporting apartheid. So that is the inspiration and the message.
Concerning those pros who fight amateurs in the Tokyo Olympics Mauricio stressed: ‘’Well they’re simply expelled from WBC activity for two years.’
The WBC took the same form of action announcing a two years ban viz the Rio Olympics.