There was a moment of huge controversy at the AIBA World Boxing Championships in September 2019 when a professional boxer brutally knocked out an amateur.
Since the 2016 Olympics, pros have been allowed to enter some of the competitions which traditionally belong to amateurs and this has led to continuing debate over safety, with headguards also recently removed.
This debate intensified following the super-heavyweight quarter-finals.
Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir Jalolov was 6-0 (6 KOs) as a rising professional and scored a huge KO of highly-touted American starlet Richard Torrez, who is yet to turn over.
Torrez had to be stretchered out of the ring as a result and was tended to by medical professionals.
He later confirmed he was okay with a message on social media.
The incident provoked two different reactions with some furious at the pro/amateur contest and others defending it.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman declared that the fight was ‘brutal and criminal’.
However, he was contradicted by those who pointed out that Torrez was far from inexperienced himself.
Now, two years later, Jalolov is 8-0 (8 KOs) as a pro, but still competing as an amateur.
He is currently in the super-heavyweight semi-finals at the Tokyo Olympics and set to meet Team GB’s amateur – Frazer Clarke.
Clarke beat Jalolov back in 2014, when they were both amateurs, but will face a tougher task on Wednesday against the gold medal favourite.
The bout is scheduled to start at 7:03am UK time.