King rips AIBA for new fight league

AFP-JIJI

Famed boxing promoter Don King ripped the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) on Friday for a plan to launch a pro fight league whose boxers could compete in the Olympics.

AIBA Professional Boxing would offer fighters from 19-40 a chance to work their way through national, regional and world levels in 10 weight categories starting later this year.

“I am extremely concerned by the commandeering of those participating in the Olympics by the AIBA,” King said in a statement. “Their policy demanding that participants sign exclusive professional contracts with AIBA in order to participate in the Olympics is tantamount to monopoly, coercion and restraint of trade.”