Wladimir Klitschko has sights set on Olympic gold if measures to allow pro-boxers compete at Rio pass
The former world heavyweight champion is hoping it won't clash with his championship title rematch with Tyson Fury17:32 Wednesday 23 March 2016, 17:32 23 Mar 2016
Wladimir Klitschko is aiming for a second Olympic gold medal should professional boxers be allowed to compete in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Professional boxers are set to be eligible to compete at the Games this August under new proposals being pushed through by the world governing body, AIBA, and set to be voted on in June.
The move has been met with some criticism, but the former world heavyweight champion says he would target another medal if the timing of his rematch against Tyson Fury allows.
The Ukrainian won gold in the Super heavyweight category at the 1996 Atlanta Games.
“I think it’s right that professional boxers be allowed to compete (in Rio), but it’s not a foregone conclusion that it’ll happen,” Klistchko told AFP subsidiary, SID.
“I am convinced a lot of pro fighters will have difficulties dealing with the style of the amateurs.
“My first task is the rematch against Fury. If it fits into my time plan, I’m not ruling out a start at the Rio Olympics.
Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury exchange blows in a world heavyweight title fight for Klitschko's WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts in the Esprit Arena in Duesseldorf. Image: Sebastian Konopka / AP/Press Association Images
“If it’s allowed, I’ll be there. It would be an incredible feeling to be at the Olympics again 20 years after my gold medal in Atlanta.”
Klitschko has won 64 of his 68 bouts since turning professional in 1996.
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