The whole idea of amateurs in the Olympics is a quaint little idea that bears no connection to present-day reality, when pro basketball, tennis, golf, and hockey players play under their country's flag. But there's at least one sport that ought to stay amateur-only for the good of all involved: boxing.
So says Mike Tyson, a man who knows a thing or two about the damage that can result when punching unqualified people in the head. There's a proposal afoot to allow professional boxers in the Rio Games, and Tyson thinks it's a terrible idea ... but not necessarily for the reasons you'd think.
"It's ridiculous, it's foolish and some of the pro fighters are going to get beat by the amateurs," Tyson said at an appearance in China to promote boxing. "It's just going to happen. Some of them are going to get beat I think. I really believe that."
The issue isn't so much training as format; amateur matches go four rounds, while professional ones can last up to 12. Tyson believes a preparedRead More »from Mike Tyson on pro boxers in the Olympics: 'ridiculous, foolish'