Class of 2012: Where are Team GB's Olympic boxing heroes now?

Anthony Joshua, Savannah Marshall and Josh Taylor are just some of the names to have represented Team GB at the Olympics.

The Olympic Games is set to take place in Tokyo, Japan in July as it stands, although there are ongoing talks by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on potentially delaying the event yet again as the world continues its fight against coronavirus. 

Super heavyweights Cheavon Clark and Frazer Clarke are amongst the 13 fighters in European qualifying action for Team GB looking to earn their place on the biggest stage of them all.

The likes of Pat McCormack, Peter McGrail and Lauren Price understand Olympic glory can lead them into big time boxing with British promotional duo Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren

Well, that’s if they decide they want to turn professional after the Games. Whilst winning Olympic gold can be highly rewarding, it can also have the opposite impact, just ask Audley Harrison.

2020 marks eight years since a certain Anthony Joshua won the final gold medal of the London Games, but where is he and the nine other Team GB members now? 

Anthony Joshua: Gold (super heavyweight)

Anthony Joshua is now a two-time heavyweight champion and currently holds the WBA, WBO and IBF titles while Tyson Fury - a future opponent of his - standing in the way of his dream of becoming undisputed champion with the WBC crown
Anthony Joshua is now a two-time heavyweight champion and currently holds the WBA, WBO and IBF titles while Tyson Fury - a future opponent of his - standing in the way of his dream of becoming undisputed champion with the WBC crown

Since his Olympic triumph, Joshua has become a household name in the UK and is the current heavyweight world champion.

After James DeGale, ‘AJ’ is the second fighter to have won a gold medal and professional world title. He defeated Charles Martin to win the IBF strap and has since unified the division with victories over Wladimir Klitschko and Joseph Parker, respectively.

He is now a two-time world champion after avenging a sole defeat to Mexico’s first heavyweight ruler Andy Ruiz Jr. - it set the PPV record in the UK with 1.6 million buys. An historic unification with Tyson Fury could happen in 2021 with terms apparently agreed.

Luke Campbell: Gold (bantamweight)

Luke Campbell has fallen short of world glory on two occasions and was most recently on the receiving end of defeat to Ryan Garcia
Luke Campbell has fallen short of world glory on two occasions and was most recently on the receiving end of defeat to Ryan Garcia

The Hull man followed Joshua in joining Matchroom Boxing and Eddie Hearn and has featured on Sky Sports PPV alongside Pound for Pound star Vasyl Lomachenko.

Despite his brave performances against Lomachenko, Jorge Linares and Ryan Garcia, Campbell is yet to taste world glory in the pro ranks.

A Yorkshire legend. Adams continued to dominate the amateurs with another gold medal four years later at the 2016 Rio Games at flyweight. She finally made her highly-anticipated move as a professional in 2017 with Hall of Fame promoter Warren.

Adams - named the most influential LGBT person in Great Britain by the Telegraph in 2012 - won five of her six bouts as a pro and captured the WBO world title before drawing her first and only defence at the Royal Albert Hall.

In 2019, the ‘Lioness’ announced her retirement from the sport on medical grounds. She was advised by doctors to hang the gloves up to prevent any damage which could ‘lead to irreparable and permanent vision loss’.

She is now working in the media and gives influential talks to inspire the next generation. A golden postbox was designed in Leeds to honour Adams’ accomplishments.

Anthony Ogogo: Bronze (middleweight)

Anthony Ogogo was forced to retire from boxing and is now perusing a career as a professional wrestler
Anthony Ogogo was forced to retire from boxing and is now perusing a career as a professional wrestler

After winning a bronze medal, Ogogo looked like the hottest prospect in British boxing. He was signed by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and won his first seven bouts before injuring his achilles.

His first and only title shot was against Birmingham’s Craig Cunningham for the WBC International title. The middleweight would go on to be pulled out from the contest in round eight by cornerman Tony Sims after sustaining blurred vision from a fractured eye socket.

Despite Kalle Sauerland stating Ogogo was recovering well, the Briton was registered blind in 2017 and would never return to the ring after being registered as blind. Ogogo has featured on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and is now embarking a new career as a developing wrestler for All Elite Wrestling [AEW].

Josh Taylor: Round of 16 (lightweight)

Despite disappointment in London, the Scotsmen carried on as an amateur and went on to win gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. He then teamed up with McGuigan and has gone on to become a superstar of the sport.

Taylor defeated Ivan Baranchyk to capture the IBF world title and is now the unified champion of the 140-pound division having outpointed Regis Prograis in the World Boxing Super Series final. The bout was a 2019 Fight of the Year nominee.

Bigger things await for Taylor, who is now signed to Bob Arum’s Top Rank.

The ‘Tartan Tornado’ has also been linked to future showdowns with Mikey Garcia and Terence Crawford.

Natasha Jonas: Quarterfinals (lightweight)

Natasha Jonas has challenged for world honors against Terri Harper at Eddie Hearn's Fight Camp
Natasha Jonas has challenged for world honors against Terri Harper at Eddie Hearn's Fight Camp

The Brit was eliminated in the last-eight by Irish superstar Katie Taylor - today’s undisputed lightweight champion. A silver medal followed for Jonas in the 2014 European Championships and in 2017, she decided to join 2015 Ring Magazine Trainer of the Year Joe Gallagher.

Her first challenge for a world title ended in a TKO defeat to Viviane Obenauf but she has a second chance this year after agreeing a deal to face Terri Harper. The pair will go toe-to-toe in Harper’s hometown Doncaster, England, for the WBC and IBO titles.

Savannah Marshall: Quarterfinals (middleweight)

Another member from the class of ‘12 to continue fighting three-round bouts after the Olympics. Her biggest achievement was winning gold at Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games and bronze medal at the 2016 World Championships.

She then went on to fight at the 2016 Olympics before linking up with Peter Fury. The ‘Silent Assassin’ is the only boxer to have inflicted a defeat to Claressa Shields. She is currently undefeated at 9-0 and is the WBO light heavyweight champion.

Andrew Selby

After representing Team GB at the WSB (World Series of Boxing) and the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Selby made his professional debut in 2015.

One of the most underrated fighters in the game. Selby - younger sibling to Lee - is highly regarded by his peers.

His only defeat came against Julio Cesar Martinez on foreign soil, although he was given just weeks to prepare for the WBC eliminator. He is expected to be in the world title frame this year.

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Tom Stalker: Quarterfinals (junior welterweight)

Stalker captained Team GB to their most successful Olympic Games in history. His quarter-final finish didn’t do him justice with the judges robbing Stalker from progressing into the semi-finals. He was instantly snapped up by Hearn and made his professional debut in 2013 and started off well with a 7-0 record.

However, a defeat to Jack Catterall, a winless trilogy against Craig Evans and a final defeat to Sean Dodd saw him call time on his career with a disappointing 12-3-3 record. He is now working for the ever-expanding MTK Global as their Scout and Matchmaker and is on the look-out for the best pool of talent in the UK.

Fred Evans: Silver (welterweight)

Fred Evans is regarded as a fighter who was unable to fulfill the most of his talents as a professional
Fred Evans is regarded as a fighter who was unable to fulfill the most of his talents as a professional

Evans signed with Chris Sanigar - a former boxer who represents former world champion Lee Selby. Despite having a huge profile, the Welshman hasn’t gone on to follow the likes of Taylor and Joshua with a record of 7-1.

His defeat came against 15-15-3 opponent Ryan Toms and compared to other Team GB members; his career hasn’t gone according to plan. 

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