Silver medalists who made historical past
The Tokyo Olympic Video games is presently offering plenty of viewing pleasure, so BBN determined to make a journey down reminiscence lane to recollect a number of the runners-ups that went on to surpass all expectations and been capable of fulfil their destinies as skilled boxers to the very best ranges.
Clearly, profitable an Olympic gold medal is the top, however coming shut sufficient to secore a silver or bronze is an incredible achievement, fulfilled by just some.
Here’s a choose listing of fighters who’ve received silver medals to later gone on and progress even additional to turn out to be nice champions as skilled boxers.
Khan was a part of the 2004 Athens Olympic Video games, however did not win the light-weight gold medal in opposition to Cuban Mario Kindelan. Up to now, Amir has received titles in a number of divisions as knowledgeable and is one among Britain’s greatest boxing stars of all-time.
He additionally holds the document for being the youngest Briton to win an Olympic medal.
The Ugandan boxer competed in Moscow 1980 and was defeated within the remaining by Cuban Andrés Aldama. Months later, he stepped into the skilled world of boxing, the place he received the WBC tremendous welterweight title. After a 19-year profession, Mugabi determined to retire, however he’ll at all times be remembered for his energy.
“GGG” competed within the 2004 Athens Olympics and received the middleweight silver medal. After this occasion, Golovkin turned skilled, twice profitable the middleweight title. For 4 years, Gennady held the unified title and since 2019 he has managed to proceed to reign within the division. He has made a complete of 21 profitable defenses and is concentrated on additional chapters in the direction of a masterpiece legacy.
Riddick Bowe competed within the 1988 version in Seoul and within the remaining, he confronted Lennox Lewis who defeated him. A yr later, Bowe determined to show skilled boxer. Riddick was the undisputed champion and a two-time heavyweight champion.
Roy Jones Jr.
In Seoul 1988 after having clearly and decisively dominated the complete combat, Roy Jones Jr. was one way or the other judged to have misplaced the tremendous welterweight remaining in opposition to Park Si-Heon, the native boxer, sometimes! After this pitifully biased episode, Jones turned skilled and received titles in 4 totally different divisions throughout his sensible profession.
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