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A HeadsUp initiative was launched to promote safer styles during last year's World Championships ©AIBA

Male boxers competing at this year's Olympic Games will not wear headguards for the first time in 36 years after a proposal by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) was approved here today.

Read more: IOC approve AIBA plan to scrap male headguards at Rio 2016 Olympics

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National boxer Aaron Hassette, left, battles Kermin Jiminez Pichardo of Dominican Republic during the Tuesday Night Boxing at the Castle series at the residence of former West Indies batsman Brian Lara at Lady Chancellor Hill in Port-of-Spain, on January 19. Hassette and three other T&T boxers will spar against international boxers in Cuba in the coming weeks. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS

Four of T&T’s national boxers including welterweight Aaron Prince will leave this country on Monday for Cuba where they will spar against quality opposition in preparation for the first Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualifier in Argentina from March 8-20.

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AIBA President CK Wu has defended his plans to open up the Olympic Games to all professional fighters ©AIBA

Plans to roll-out Olympic boxing to all professional fighters are in line with the sporting spirit of inclusivity, International Boxing Association (AIBA) President CK Wu told insidethegames here today and claimed the risk of injury is not as great as has been claimed by former top fighters like Lennox Lewis.

Read more: Exclusive: Every other Olympic sport has professionals so why can't boxing, asks AIBA President?

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Minister of Sport, Darryl Smith and chairman of the Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago (Sportt) Michael Phillips, have both given gave cricket legend Brian Lara top marks for his intervention in hosting the Tuesday night fight night boxing series at his Castle residence.

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Under AIBA President C K Wu, headguards have been removed for men's Olympic boxing ©Getty Images

Lennox Lewis, himself a former Olympic boxing gold medallist, calls it "preposterous". Barry McGuigan, another distinguished ex-Olympian who also became a world champion, condemns it as "crazy".

Read more: Alan Hubbard: Unrealistic and unfair to allow top pros to box at Rio 2016

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Winner on Tuesday: Aaron Prince

Trinidad and Tobago boxers Michael Alexander and Aaron Prince clinically outpointed their opponents when the Tuesday Night Boxing Series event continued at Brian Lara's Castle.

Read more: Alexander, Prince on point at Castle

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