12th August 2012

Anthony Joshua Olympic GOLD Medal winner Super-Heavyweight

Anthony Joshua joined some of the best and most successful fighters in history when he won the Super-Heavyweight Olympic final against Italy’s reigning Olympic champion Roberto Cammarelle to claim the Gold medal at the ExCel Arena in London.

“I pulled it out of the bag. I have the heart of a champion. I never give up. Sunday is a holy day and I’ve been blessed.” Joshua told the BBC.

Joshua became Team GB’s third male finalist – the first time since 1956. taking the victory on count-back after the scores were level at 18-18.

The Italian team after the fight appealed the decision, eventually it was rejected and the result stood!

Anthony Joshua IS the Olympic GOLD medal winner

Joshua’s win sealed Britain’s most successful boxing performance at an Olympic Games for over 100 years.

After the fight he 22-year old Londoner paid tribute to the fans who roared him to victory and also to his fellow GB boxers who have supported each other throughout.

“There are no easy fights in these Olympics and I’ve pulled it out of the bag.”

“The hearts of all these people out here, around the nation. That medal represents my journey and the support from the team. It’s much more than just a gold medal, it’s a life experience and I’m just proud to have it round my neck.

“It’s not just me, it’s my fallen soldiers and the ones that made it and we all drag each other along. Team GB, it comes to the 10 of us, three girls and seven boys.”

Asked afterwards if his future lay in the amateurs and the Rio games in four years time, to defend his title. Or if he would decide to turn professional and accept the many offers that will now come his way? Joshua admitted he still has a lot to learn in boxing and hinted he may stay amateur for the time being, insisting he still has alot to learn; “I want to gain more experience, I’ve had 43 bouts, 40 wins, that’s nothing. I just want to keep on pushing as an amateur, I’m still an amateur for now.”

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