ANDY RUIZ JR has been warned he will be BANNED for two years by the WBC if he competed in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games for Mexico.
The unified heavyweight champion revealed he was approached by Mexico’s boxing commission to represent them in the Far East next summer.
3 Andy Ruiz Jr revealed he was approached by Mexico’s boxing commission to represent them in the next OlympicsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Professional boxers have been allowed to enter the traditionally amateur-based competitions since the 2016 Olympics.
But the WBC, a Mexican sanctioning body, has fired a warning to Ruiz that would prevent him fighting for the only world title missing in his unified collection.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said: “The WBC strongly disagrees with supporting a professional boxer competing in the Olympic games.
“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.”
The WBC had the same stance in Rio 2016, when pro boxers were first allowed to compete at the Games.
And just last month Sulaiman blasted the International Boxing Association (AIBA) after amateur boxer Richard Torrez, 20, was knocked out by a professional fighter Bakhodir Jalolov.
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The WBC president labelled the knockout "brutal and criminal", with 25-year-old Jalolov 6-0 in the paid ranks.
However, Ruiz insisted it would be a “great honour” to represent Mexico at the Olympics, having boxed for them in the 2008 Beijing qualification tournaments.
But the 30-year-old, who rematches Anthony Joshua on December 7 in Saudi Arabia, admitted there could be “contractual commitments” preventing him from putting on the vest again.
3 WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman revealed any pro boxer fighting in amateur competition will receive a two year ban by the sanctioning bodyCredit: Mark Robinson – The Sun