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OLYMPIC NOTES

Olympic boxing will welcome pros at 2016 Games

Olympic boxing finally will go pro at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro as the international federation changed its eligibility rules to stem the exodus of talented fighters cashing in before they ever get to fight for a gold medal.

AIBA (Amateur International Boxing Association), which has told its national governing bodies to drop the word “amateur,” will begin its own professional circuit this fall, enabling athletes from 19 to 40 to earn monthly salaries and prize money while remaining eligible for the Games.

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