Olympic super-heavyweight champions: Where are they now?

On this day in 2012 Anthony Joshua won Olympic gold. George Gigney takes a look at what past Olympic super-heavyweight champions have gone on to do after winning gold

2012 – Anthony Joshua (Great Britain)

The Watford giant, despite only turning to boxing at 18, had won World silver before boxing at his home games. He became a national hero when he squeaked past Cammarelle in the final, though some disputed the decision.

Regardless, Joshua had booked his ticket to stardom and soon turned over with Matchroom Boxing, headlining a show at the O2 Arena in his debut. His rise has been meteoric, claiming British and Commonwealth titles and becoming a pay-per-view star in the process.

He hit the stratosphere in 2016 by claiming the IBF world title, and is now arguably British boxing’s biggest star, despite his inexperience. In 2017 he unified the IBF and WBA world titles after his epic battle with Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley stadium. Earlier this year he unified the IBF, WBA and WBO titles when he beat Joseph Parker in Cardiff.

Now that Joe Joyce has secured a medal in Rio, every time Great Britain has entered a super-heavyweight at an Olympics, they have medalled. Robert Wells won bronze in 1984 while David Price did the same in 2008.

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