Mike Tyson thinks professional boxers at the Olympics is ‘foolish’

Mike Tyson calls the AIBA's decision to have professional boxers in Rio as “foolish” and “ridiculous.”
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Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson believes some professional boxers may not do well at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro despite Amateur International Boxing Association's decision to let professional fighters take part.

"It's ridiculous, it's foolish, and some of the pro fighters are going to get beat by the amateurs. It's just going to happen, I really believe that," Tyson told Reuters TV in China.

Tyson never competed at the Olympics but won gold medals at the 1981 and 1982 Junior Olympics.

"If they are like the amateur fighters that I was fighting in the 80s... they are going to beat some of the champions. It's just going to happen,” Tyson added. “These guys will be fast for three or four rounds, and these guys are not going to be accustomed to that.”

Time for Pacquiao to decide on Rio

Manny Pacquiao, the eight-time world champion, is considering representing the Phillipines in the upcoming Olympics and may make his final decision soon. Promoter Bob Arum does not believe it would be a good decision.

Boxing at the Olympics will not feature headgear for the first time and will be scored using a 10-point must system.