British boxer Anthony Joshua credits winning the Super-heavyweight gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics to him going on to become the current IBF heavyweight champion.
In October 2014, the undefeated Joshua beat Denis Bakhtov via a TKO in the second round to win the vacant WBC International heavyweight title in his ninth fight since his professional debut on October 5, 2013.
The 26-year-old Joshua, who is unbeaten in 17 bouts with none of his fights having gone the distance, told Boxing News that taking part in the Olympics was a "different level" in the support he received during 2012 at the O2 Arena.
In the 2012 boxing gold medal bout, Joshua was up against reigning gold medalist Roberto Cammarelle and it went down to the final round where he was given the decision.
“The Olympics was a different level. In the O2 you can lock away in your changing room, the Olympics you could just hear [the crowd],” Joshua told Boxing News.
“The loudest noise was the boxing,” he added. “How many people were at the athletics stadium? And the loudest was boxing. How mad is that? Trust me.
"That’s why I said that was Spartan-like. You’re locked away behind the stage but you can hear the crowd roaring for blood, you’re about to step out and fight in the arena. That was gladiator stuff. That was class."
In April 2016, Joshua added the IBF heavyweight title to his previously held the British, Commonwealth and WBC International heavyweight titles after defeating Charles Martin with a second round knockout.
“It’s moulded me to deal with these occasions better. I wouldn’t downgrade the Martin win, but for the fact that where I’ve been, coming through my last fight, that adrenaline and so on, the Olympics helped,” said Joshua.
"I put a little of the excitement [aside] and I thought, ‘It’s just a job’, I take Charles Martin out. I just want to win that belt and that’s all it was. Pure business.”