Andy Ruiz Jr has been warned that he will receive a two-year ban from fighting for the WBC title if he enters the 2020 Olympics.
The WBA, IBF & WBO heavyweight world champion, who only needs Deontay Wilder’s WBC belt to become undisputed, has been approached by Mexican boxing officials about the possibility of going to Tokyo next summer.
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Ruiz Jr initially reacted by saying he would be honoured to enter the competition if contractual commitments allow it after the Anthony Joshua rematch, but now may think twice.
“The WBC strongly disagrees with supporting a professional boxer competing in the Olympic games,” WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman stated in reaction to the news.
“It’s something unacceptable that should not be accepted by fans and boxing experts in the world.
“Olympic amateur boxing is completely different. They are two different sports and it is very dangerous. We cannot accept this.
“If any professional boxer, including champions or former champions, decide to participate in the next Olympics, they will have a sanction of at least two years in the WBC.”
This is not a new stance from the WBC, who had the same rule when professionals were first allowed to fight at Rio 2016.
While a ban from the sanctioning body would not prevent any fighter from actually fighting, it would see them excluded from their rankings and unable to challenge for the WBC world title.