Wladimir Klitschko open to boxing in Olympics
Wladimir Klitschko could fight in the Olympics in August after his still-to-be-dated rematch with Tyson Fury, NBC reports.
A Klitschko representative confirmed that the Ukrainian boxer will “look into” competing in Rio de Janeiro. In February, the International Boxing Association announced pro boxers will likely compete in the Olympics thanks to a proposed rule change. Under rules introduced in 2013, pros can go to the Olympics only if they’ve fought in less than 15 paid bouts and signed a contract with the APB, the professional arm of world boxing governing body AIBA. The change would alter these rules.
“I have always said that I would love to participate again in the Olympic Games, but right now I’m only focusing on my rematch with Tyson Fury,” Klitschko told NBC in an email from one of his representatives in February.
Publicly, Kltschko said in February 2015 that it would be a “dream” to compete in the Olympics.