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10 great boxers who did not win Olympic gold

George Gigney and Nick Bond list 10 terrific professionals who failed to win Olympic gold medals

1. Gennady Golovkin (Middleweight, Athens 2004)

The Kazakh wrecking ball had a wildly successful amateur career, though couldn’t claim gold in Athens. He beat Andre Dirrell before being outpointed by Russia’s brilliant Gaydarbek Gaydarbekov – who had previously beaten the likes of Jermain Taylor and Jeff Lacy as an amateur – in the final.

Golovkin quickly walloped his way through the middleweight rankings, predominantly fighting in Germany before taking his talents all over the world. He picked up the WBA world title, but a trend was setting in – ‘GGG’ just couldn’t get the division’s big names to fight him.

Grzegorz Proska, Gabriel Rosado and Matthew Macklin were all swatted aside and Nobuhiro Ishida was simply destroyed. Martin Murray and Willie Monroe were also stopped before Golovkin added the IBF title to his haul by dismantling David Lemieux.

His last victim was Dominic Wade, and afterward Golovkin inherited the WBC title Canelo Alvarez had vacated. Golovkin will defend his titles against Kell Brook on September 10.

Currently holding the highest knockout percentage in middleweight championship history, Golovkin is one of the best fighters on the planet right now and has kept himself in the spotlight with his destructive talents.

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