David Nyika is reportedly considering turning professional after Gold Coast 2018 ©Getty Images

New Zealand boxer David Nyika has suggested he may turn professional after the Commonwealth Games due to concerns over the governance of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) which have put the sport's Olympic place at risk.

The 22-year-old has been selected to lead New Zealand's team at Gold Coast 2018, having claimed a gold medal in the men's light heavyweight division four years ago in Glasgow.

Nyika missed out on a place at the Rio 2016 Olympics, with claims he was on the wrong end of a controversial decision against Uzbekistan's Rustam Tulaganov in the qualification event for the Games.

AIBA have since been hit by a series of scandals, which ultimately led to the resignation of their President C K Wu following an Executive Committee coup.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach highlighted a series of issues surrounding AIBA after the IOC Executive Board meeting earlier this month in Pyeongchang.

Chief among them is the appointment of Gafur Rakhimov as interim President despite his alleged links to organised crime.

An investigation into AIBA governance by the IOC is currently ongoing, run by its chief ethics and compliance officer, Paquerette Girard-Zappelli.

The IOC have also expressed concerns around a lack of "clarity" around finances, the failure of an approved project to reform the referees system and the absence of a "robust anti-doping programme".

Bach also said they have not yet accepted AIBA's claim that no bouts at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro were affected by match-fixing.

AIBA must deliver a report by April 2018 to the IOC with boxing's place on the Tokyo 2020 schedule under threat.

David Nyika won gold at Glasgow 2014 but missed out on competing at Rio 2016 ©Getty Images
David Nyika won gold at Glasgow 2014 but missed out on competing at Rio 2016 ©Getty Images

Nyika expressed his hope that AIBA would be able to clean up the sport and satisfy the IOC, but stated he would look to turn professional if doubts remain over the sport's Olympic place.

"There is some shady stuff going on and the IOC wants them to figure it out and I do as well because I feel like I have been on the wrong end of a few shady decisions," Nyika told Radio New Zealand.

"There have been allegations about the way our sport is run, they haven't gone by the books and I think there are issues with corruption.

"If the AIBA is banned from the Olympics in Tokyo I will be looking to turn professional before then.

"Possibly after the Commonwealth Games, I wouldn't expect high performance to fund a sport that has corruption in it - the professional ranks are calling but I just have to be patient.

"I hope they clean it up and I hope it's not going to be an issue.

"I'm excited to show everyone what I have been working on, not a lot of people have seen me since Glasgow in 2014 - they are in for treat."

AIBA had called the IOC's threat to potentially remove the sport from Tokyo 2020 as "extremely disappointing".

They hoped the IOC would "have understood that the processes necessary to implement even more measures requires more time and that the positive steps already taken in recent times are evidence of AIBA's strong efforts and willingness to reform".

Nyika heads an eight member New Zealand boxing team for the Commonwealth Games, with London 2012 Olympian Alexis Pritchard set to take part in the women's 57 kilogram event.

Patrick Mailata will be their representative in the men's 91kg competition in Australia.

Richard Hadlow, Leroy Hindley and Ryan Scaife have also been included in the men’s team for the Games, scheduled to open on April 4.

The squad is completed by Tasmyn Benny and Troy Garton, who will make their Games debuts in the women's 48kg and 60kg competitions.