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WSB offers amateur boxers salary, shot at Olympics

Updated: July 13, 2010, 15:42

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.(AP) U.S. boxer Rau'shee Warren has been torn between cash and country since a demoralizing defeat at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Turning pro offered the prospects of a lucrative payday.

Just as attractive, though, was attempting to earn a spot for the 2012 London Games, which would make Warren the first three-time Olympian in U.S. boxing history.

Dollars or distinction?

Decisions, decisions.

So when a chance came along to pursue both, Warren jumped on board.

Warren is one of a handful of U.S. boxers who have agreed to participate in the World Series of Boxing (WSB), a newly formed league set to launch in November that allows fighters to compete in a modified pro setup and still maintain their Olympic eligibility.

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