Originally Posted by TBooze
No, but Amir Khan did not turn pro win a fight fight, then go back to amateur, lose to Kindelan, then turn pro again!
And who cares if he had? Let's say Joe Frazier got $15 for a pro fight
in 1961, or George Foreman $15 for a pro fight in 1966, would you be
in favor of stripping them of their Olympic medals?
Who has the advantage anyway? a fighter with 200 or 300 amateur
bouts, or a fighter with 30 bouts, one or two of which are four or six
round pro bouts?
I don't know about any other posters, but having a pro bout and
then going back to amateur status is as far as "sins" go, not much.
I remember a great American college football player (an amateur, if
you are not American) years ago who graduated and went into the
NFL (Pro football), named Hugh McIhanney (sp). He quickly proved
to be as great in the pros as he had been in college. A reporter
asked him what was the main difference between playing in the pros
compared to playing in college. "I get paid less," was his answer,
and few doubted him.
My guess is no one took switching back and forth from pro to amateur
bouts too seriously in Marciano's case because it was
known to be a widespread practice. No one gophers through anyone
else's amateur bouts, seeking some reason or other to discredit him.