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David Nyika Going All Pro. Withdraws from Paris 2024

Nyika believes that dedicating himself to the professional circuit will better serve his career goals.

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Hamilton, New Zealand (October 2, 2023) - David Nyika, a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist from New Zealand, has withdrawn himself from contention to represent his country at the 2024 Paris Olympics. Nyika secured a bronze medal in the heavyweight division at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (held in 2021) and initially expressed a desire to switch to the professional ranks. However, he later indicated his intention to combine amateur and professional boxing disciplines in preparation for the Paris Olympics.

David Nyika makes his way through the professional ranks

The change in rules by the International Boxing Association (IBA) in 2016 allowed boxers with professional experience to qualify for the Olympics, creating the possibility for Nyika to participate. Nevertheless, he has now decided to focus solely on his professional career, where he remains undefeated with a record of 7-0 (6KOs).

Nyika cited the significant time commitment required to prepare for the Olympics as a reason for his withdrawal. He believes that dedicating himself to the professional circuit will better serve his career goals.

His decision marks the end of his Olympic journey, which included representing New Zealand at the Tokyo Olympics and winning a bronze medal. Nyika expressed gratitude for the opportunity to carry the flag for New Zealand at the opening ceremony and for the support he received throughout his Olympic journey.

Nyika's withdrawal from Olympic contention will allow him to concentrate on his professional career and potentially secure more opportunities in the boxing world.

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