Briton Anthony Joshua brought the house down with a huge final round
to take the super-heavyweight title and end the absorbing boxing action
in fine style after classy fighters from Cuba and Ukraine delivered more
With Cuban teenager Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana impressing on his way
to the flyweight title and Ukraine's Vasyl Lomachenko strolling to the
lightweight gold, it was over to the big men of the boxing ring for the
final act of the tournament.
Poor defence left the Briton three points behind after two rounds of
his bout with Italian policeman Roberto Cammarelle, but Joshua finally
delivered some thumping shots of his own to bring the passionate crowd
to their feet as the noise hit fever pitch.
After a pause, the judges gave the Briton the victory on countback,
much to the displeasure of the Italians who protested the result to
governing body AIBA, leaving the crowd waiting nervously for 10 minutes
before Joshua was confirmed the winner.
"I gave it my all in the third round, I never panicked and I will
keep on pushing until that last bell," Joshua told reporters. "My legs
and everything were killing me, sometimes I wanted to stop but my mind
was working and my arms were just flying around."
Joshua was joined for photos by former professional heavyweight
champion Lennox Lewis and Britain's last Olympic super-heavyweight
champion Audley Harrison, who has endured a tough career since leaving
the amateur ranks.