World champion Carl Frampton thinks professional boxers in the Olympics is an awful idea

The news was confirmed on Wednesday afternoon at a meeting in Switzerland

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Carl Frampton in 2009. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Paul Railton

The news that professional boxers will be allowed compete in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro has been met with wide disdain.

84 out of 88 member associations have voted to allow professional boxers compete in the Olympics for the first time in the history of the Games. The idea is the brainchild of AIBA President Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu, who first spoke about the idea in February.

One boxer who is not happy with the plan is Carl Frampton. The Belfast fighter had a distinguished career as an amateur, before turning professional and eventually becoming a World Champion.

The 29-year-old has said the amateur and professional ranks are "two separate sports".