Predicting which Olympic boxers will go on to be successful in professional boxing is a dicey affair. There are some amateurs whose abilities translate better to the pro ranks. For instance, some have big punching power but it is harder to knock out an amateur wearing headgear, and a knockout is a pretty definitive way to win a fight as a pro. Being a successful pro does not have one magic formula — some fighters become successful pros because they are exciting, some because they are excellent, some because they are both. Winning Olympic gold does not guarantee success on the next level — in fact, the amateur scoring system largely rewards making any kind of contact over making meaningful contact, whereas in the pros, "clean, effective punching" is crucial to the standard used by judges. Little consideration is given in the list below to who actually can or will turn professional. The Cubans, for instance, have to defect to become pros and some medal-winning Ukrainians are already joining a semi-pro outfit being hosted by the International Amateur Boxing Association AIBA , so we cannot anticipate when they might be facing the professional boxers we know, if ever.
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Olympics 2012: Tom Stalker joins Team GB boxers in quarter-finals
The perception has taken hold in some quarters that Anthony Joshua is lucky to still be in this Olympic boxing tournament. Luck, that most nebulous of concepts, has nothing to do with it. The big kid from north London is through to the next round of the super-heavyweight category on merit and has a very good chance of winning a medal at what will be his first and last Olympics. The professional promoters are watching him as closely as the judges and the critics at these games.
Six of Britain's seven male boxers have now secured quarter-final places after the last fighter to begin his campaign, team captain Tom Stalker, won a tough and sometimes nervy light welterweight bout against India's Manoj Kumar. Stalker, 28, rated the world's top amateur in his weight division, beat Kumar , but only after a comfortable opening two rounds ended with him clinging on somewhat in the third, seeing a seven-point advantage trimmed to four. The Huyton native received a bye through the initial round of 32 and said this enforced inaction had left him somewhat rusty, and that "the nerves got to me".