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Golden Boy eyes British Olympians

ESPN staff
December 18, 2012
Olympic champion Anthony Joshua and his Olympic team-mates have turned heads at Golden Boy © PA Photos

The heroics of Britain's Olympic boxers at the London 2012 Olympics have prompted Golden Boy to pursue a licence to promote fights in the UK.

Team GB topped the boxing medal table at the Olympics with three golds, one silver and a bronze as Nicola Adams' pioneering achievement as the first female Olympic boxing champion was followed by victories for super-heavyweight Anthony Joshua and bantamweight Luke Campbell.

The buzz generated by the British boxers within the ExCeL has impressed Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer, whose clients include former Olympic silver-medallist Amir Khan.

And Schaefer is convinced the likes of Joshua and Campbell, as well as welterweight silver medallist Freddie Evans and middleweight bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo, would benefit from his personal input should Golden Boy begin staging fights in the UK.

"We want to sign up some of those fighters who represented Britain at the Olympics," Schaefer told the Times. "It would not necessarily be those who won medals and we want those fighters with the right talent and charisma.

"I will be spending a lot of time in the UK and I would personally take these fighters under my wing and nurture them, which is something I have not done before.

"The idea will be to showcase them here in the US as well and we would put on four fights a year in the UK with them and four in the US. We would hope to stage our first show in the UK in the second quarter of 2013."

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