Mexican superstar Saúl ‘Canelo’ Alvarez has no interest in competing in the Olympic 2020 Games in Tokyo, which have been postponed until 2021. In the last two Olympic, there was a rule change that allowed professional boxers to compete in the Olympic tournaments.
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While some high profile fighters, like Manny Pacquiao and Wladimir Klitschko, loosely entertained the possibility, neither man took any steps to enter the qualification system. In the last few months in Mexico, there was a growing legion of fans and officials who wanted to see Canelo enter the tournament and bring back a gold medal for his country.
If I had wanted to participate in a Tokyo Olympic I would not have become a professional, become a world champion and reached the very top. Thank God I have achieved it. Others have that dream of going to Tokyo in 2021 and taking that away from young people. It would not be fair of me to do that, explained Canelo in a video call to Fox Sports.
The organization running the boxing tournaments in the Olympic will be the International Olympic Committee (IOC), after the suspension of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), which was historically in charge of organizing and running the competitions.
Canelo would never explore that possibility because he refuses to take away a potential spot from a young fighter with aspirations of winning a gold medal. The rules imposed by AIBA have been maintained for the Tokyo competitions, including the acceptance of professional boxers to compete during the Olympic 2020.
Something that continues to cause controversy as several organizations like the WBC, believe it creates an unfair environment – while the WBA, WBO support idea of professionals looking to achieve an Olympic dream.