British boxer Anthony Joshua grabs gold and glory at the Olympics
Briton Anthony Joshua basked in roars and cheers of his home crowd following a comeback victory over Roberto Cammarelle. The super heavyweight match between Anthony Joshua and Roberto Cammarelle brought a tumultuous end to the boxing event at the 2012 London Olympics.
Anthony Joshua, who has instantly become British sensation, is already planning a trip to Rio in 2016 in order to defend his boxing title. Anthony Joshua gave Great Britain their third gold medal at the Olympics.
Draped in the Union Jack and dancing around like he was still in the ring, Anthony Joshua slowed down his breath to talk to the reporters after the fight. Anthony Joshua also talked about his future and whether he would join sponsors to enter the ranks of paid boxers.
“It's honestly not going to be hard to resist,” Anthony Joshua said. “To leave something as great as the Great Britain set-up just because of money would be a big mistake. I don't want to lose that because of a bit of money thrown in my face.”
“I didn't grow up with loads of money around me anyway, and I'm happy with the way things are. These memories are priceless. I want to go on and win world and European titles and dominate in the amateurs. That's where my head is at the minute.”
The 22-year-old boxer admitted he wasn’t worried about his late start in boxing. Anthony Joshua didn’t represent Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Anthony Joshua’s rise to fame came last year when he won the silver medal in Baku during the World Championships.
Anthony Joshua had to endure one of the toughest draws at the London Olympics. Nonetheless, Anthony Joshua did enjoy some luck in the first round when he encountered Cuba’s Erislandy Savon.
Eventually, Anthony Joshua met his nemesis from Baku, Roberto Cammarelle. The perfect boxing finale was pulsating affairs with both boxers matching each other punch for punch.
Anthony Joshua was down by a point at the end of the first before following into a succession of right handed power-shots from the Italian. The Briton survived Roberto Cammarelle’s fierce blows in the following rounds before inspiring a superb comeback.
Roberto Cammarelle had a lead of three in the last, but somehow Anthony Joshua drew the match at 18-18. The announcement of the countback verdict saw Anthony Joshua with the edge. The drama also saw Roberto Cammarelle make an unsuccessful appeal.
“The moral of the film is to never give up, to never surrender, and it was just like that in the third roun,” Anthony Joshua said referring to his favorite film 300, which is about Spartan warriors. “My legs were screaming but I kept throwing punches in there and kept pushing to the final bell.”