Olympic Heroes: Boxing
Men’s Super Heavyweight (+91kg) - ANTHONY JOSHUA: Gold
Team GB’s 29th Gold Medal of the London 2012 Games came when Joshua, 22, beat the 2008 Olympic champion, Roberto Cammarelle, 22, of Italy. Although Joshua was behind by three points after two rounds, he fought back in the third and final round to tie at 18 points to 18, going on to win on a recount.
Fact: Joshua began his boxing career aged 18, following a visit to London’s Finchley Amateur Boxing Club.
Men’s Bantamweight (56kg) - LUKE CAMPBELL: Gold
Campbell became the first Briton since 1908 to take the bantamweight crown, after beating Ireland’s John Joe Nevin in the final. The challenge was tense, both men were tied until Campbell pulled clear and took the last round.
Fact: There is a gold telephone box near St Paul’s Boxing Club in Hull, which commemorates Campbell’s gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Woman’s Flyweight (51kg) - NICOLA ADAMS: Gold
On 9 August 2012, Adams made history by becoming the first woman to win an Olympic boxing gold medal. She had tough competition, most notably from the Chinese three-time world champion, Ren Cancan, who she overcame in the final.
Fact: In 2012, she became the first female boxer to receive an award from the Boxing Writers’ Club of Great Britain. She was also the first woman ever to be invited to the club’s award ceremony.