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Manny Pacquiao (centre), pictured with AIBA President CK Wu (right) has expressed interest in qualifying for Rio 2016 ©AIBA

As several leading boxing personalities have stated recently on insidethegames, to consider the likes of Manny Pacquiao being drawn in the Olympics against an up-and-coming youngster - should fully-fledged professionals be allowed in the Games - simply does not make sense.

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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?

Nigel Paul

T&T boxer Nigel Paul received a silver medal after he was beaten in the Super heavyweight final of the AIBA Americas Olympic Boxing Qualifiers in Argentina by Cuba’s Lenier Pero 3-0 yesterday.

Read more: Paul gets silver medal

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

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

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.

Read more: Quality sparring awaits T&T boxers in Cuba

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