10. Mario Kindelan (Cuba) vs Amir Khan (GB) – Athens 2004
KHAN went to Greece as an unheralded 17-year-old Bolton schoolboy but returned a national hero.
He never really came close to victory in his 30-22 defeat, but that was no disgrace – southpaw Kindelan, 29, was one of the sport’s all-time greats and this was his second Olympic gold at lightweight (he defeated Andreas Kotenik in Sydney).
Khan famously beat Kindelan in the Bolton boy’s final amateur contest in his hometown the following May.
9. Oscar De La Hoya (USA) vs Marco Rudolph (Germany) – Barcelona 1992
AMERICA’S only gold medal in Barcelona came through 19-year-old De La Hoya, who gained revenge for his world championships loss to German spoiler Rudolph.
After a dull opener, De La Hoya started working with his left jab and hook to end the second 3-2 up. and then clinched it with an electrifying third. A superb left hook dumped Rudolph for a count with a minute left, and De La Hoya cruised home to victory.
The Golden Boy and one of the richest and most successful career’s in boxing history were born.