Opinion

An Olympic bronze medal doesn’t have to hold you back

Floyd Mayweather
Listing 10 fighters who went on to achieve big things as professionals after winning an Olympic bronze medal

1. FLOYD MAYWEATHER
The greatest boxer of his generation, American superstar Mayweather bagged a featherweight bronze medal at his home Games in Atlanta in 1996. World titles in five divisions followed for the unbeaten maestro.

2. EVANDER HOLYFIELD
Another all-time great who won bronze on home soil, Holyfield claimed his light-heavyweight medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. He went on to reign as undisputed king at cruiserweight and heavyweight.

3. ANTONIO TARVER
A teammate of Mayweather at the Atlanta Games, light-heavyweight Tarver replicated Floyd’s feat by placing third. He enjoyed three stints as world champ (twice unified) and famously stopped Roy Jones.

4. JERMAIN TAYLOR
Boxing as a light-middleweight, Taylor earned a podium position at Sydney 2000. The American snatched the undisputed middleweight crown from Bernard Hopkins and also beat him in a rematch.

5. MARVIN JOHNSON
A middleweight medallist for America at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Johnson became a three-time title-holder as a light-heavyweight, winning one WBC and two WBA belts.

6. ALAN MINTER
Minter took home light-middleweight bronze from Munich in ‘72, before attaining undisputed champion status at middleweight. The Brit was dethroned by Marvin Hagler – a result which prompted ugly scenes in the arena.

7. LOU SALICA
Following a third-place finish as a flyweight at the 1932 Los Angeles Games, the USA’s Salica proved himself to be a real force at bantamweight, where he twice laid claim to the world championship.

8. DEONTAY WILDER
Aptly nicknamed “The Bronze Bomber”, Wilder medalled at Beijing 2008 as a heavyweight. He ended America’s lengthy absence of a world heavyweight titlist, holding the WBC strap from 2015 to 2020.

9. ZSOLT ERDEI
Prior to securing WBO light-heavyweight and WBC cruiserweight honours, Hungary’s Erdei collected a middleweight bronze at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. He was undefeated in world title contests.

10. DANIEL SANTOS
A welterweight bronze medal-winner for Puerto Rico at Atlanta 1996, Santos held WBO welter and super-welter belts, albeit when these were not universally recognised. He also picked up a WBA 154lb title.

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