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Olympic decision too late for NZ boxers

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 2/06/2016

A decision to allow professional boxers to attempt Olympic qualification has come too late for any New Zealand fighters.

The International Boxing Association voted in Switzerland on Wednesday to allow any professional boxer to attempt to earn selection for the Rio Games in August.

But the NZ Olympic Committee has said it would be too late for any additional New Zealand fighters to meet the pre-agreed nomination criteria.

New Zealand's hopes of fielding a boxer at the Olympics rest with Hamilton brothers David and Josh Nyika, who will compete at a last-chance qualifying tournament in Azerbaijan later this month.

Joseph Parker, who made the decision to join the pro ranks as a 20-year-old after missing out on qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics, has already indicated he isn't interested in qualifying for the Rio Games

He is undefeated in 19 bouts, and became a mandatory challenger for the IBF title after beating Cameroon's Carlos Takam by a unanimous decision in Auckland last month.

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