Former Opponent Questions Anthony Joshua’s 2012 Olympics Win

Published 06/29/2021, 8:30 PM EDT
DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua looks on with a cut to his left eye during the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)


Unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua earned massive attention from fight fans when he bagged gold at the London Olympics in 2012. While he was yet to become a professional, Joshua was already a familiar name back then.

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However, Joshua’s former rival, Roberto Cammarelle, has looked back at the fight to raise a few doubts.

The Italian native disapproved of the decision and he claimed himself to have received the win. Joshua and Cammarelle had competed in a three-round war, where both men came up with their best shots.

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However ‘AJ’ looked stronger to deserve the win. Nevertheless, Roberto Cammarelle clearly disagrees. He spoke with Sky Sports to shed his opinion on the issue.

The Italian pugilist said, “As far as I can remember, I think I managed to fight exceptionally well during the two rounds. The last round, he did not fight to overcome me. He was just sort of managing the fight. Having an equal number of points, an equal score, I can’t understand [how] I didn’t win.

“I thought I was managing the advantage I had managed to win over the first round. I’ve always had great physical issues. My physical preparation had only started a month before the Olympics.”

The silver-medalist also cited his close-fight in the semifinal contest as a reason behind his physical setback. Although Joshua’s win was well applauded by the fans, Cammarelle might have had pushed his limits beyond to step up.

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Anthony Joshua after the Olympics

‘AJ’ transitioned himself into professional boxing after claiming the gold in London Olympics, and it was the start of another stellar journey. The British boxer sent shock waves throughout the heavyweight division, staging big knockouts on his rise to the top. At one point, Joshua had a 100% KO ratio, which stands at 88 % now.

DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua poses for a photo with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title belts after the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Joshua became the World Champion in 2016 when he beat Charles Martin for the IBF belt. After that, he added the other titles and is currently the WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO Heavyweight Champion.

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While several fans and fellow boxers have doubted Anthony Joshua throughout his career, the heavyweight elite has always risen stronger through criticisms.

Do you think Anthony Joshua will remain the title holder ahead?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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