He should be remembered as a good fighter. Perhaps he didn’t make as much money or wasn’t as successful as a professional as we might expect Olympic gold medallists to be. But it was a big achievement to get that medal and I have always looked up to Audley since then.
Audley should be remembered for his incredible amateur success and uniquely entertaining pro career. The way he established career independence was a ballsy bucking of the system. His structure influenced the career of David Haye (and myself). Kudos to Audley; like Sinatra said, his did it his way.
As a flag bearer and the reason why Team GB has been so successful in recent years. All that success comes back to him winning gold in 2000. People call him a flop as a professional and yes, he made some bad decisions, but I think he found the transition from amateur to pro too much at the age of 29. British boxing owes him a debt of gratitude.
When you look back on that gold medal you can say it was the most important British gold medal in boxing history. Look at the doors it opened and the fighters that came through since. Even as a pro, I remember him winning the European title with a spectacular KO when his arm was badly injured. He was massively disrespected.