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  • 13 May
    导出博客文章It was April 9, 2016 when, late in the evening, Anthony Joshua stood triumphant
    over the prone Charles Martin with two swift right hands securing his status as
    the new IBF heavyweight title-holder.Joshua is not an individual who sits still;
    his sporting, commercial and mental development has been done in fast-forward
    with all of his 17 professional fights ending in victorious knockouts. But, his
    is a status born on one night in London back in August 2012 when he still had
    amateur next to his name.Olympic legacies are largely subjective but away from
    the bricks and mortar of the infrastructure and stadia, athletes of the future
    are inspired to emulate gold medal-winners of Games past. For the first time
    since the 1984 Games, Team GB will have contenders in all 10 mens boxing
    categories in Rio and all will want to follow in Joshuas remarkable footsteps.He
    came to the 2012 Games billed as being a boxer with potential, but someone who
    had room to grow into. The eventual super heavyweight gold medal was an
    astonishing return for Joshua, then aged 22, as it came just three years after
    he threw his first punch in anger in a boxing ring.It was a bit overwhelming,
    Joshua tells ESPN looking back to London 2012. From the opening ceremony... it
    was funny because I remember putting on the kit and we were the only guys in
    sunglasses and when the cameras jumped on us, that was our time to show our
    friends from the estate that wed made it.People were tweeting my friends saying
    we were a disgrace to Great Britain so we were just young and having a good
    time, not really overwhelmed by the Olympics but having a good time.It was an
    experience which was easy enough to adapt to in theory but not in practice.
    Having now boxed in a sold-out O2 Arena, Joshua is comfortable on the big stage:
    the thousands of eyes staring eagerly in his direction and the strained vocal
    chords bellowing support as he darts from foot to foot before unloading his
    right arm.But back in 2012 it was all new and that experience of boxing at ExCeL
    had a profound effect on Joshuas career.When it really hit me [the magnitude of
    the event] was when I was backstage, Joshua says. It was all purpose-built; it
    [the arena] was just built for the Olympics so there was scaffolding everywhere
    with walls put in. The top of the roof was open.We were tucked away behind the
    scenes but I could hear the atmosphere going on knowing that in about half an
    hour I was going to step out into the arena. They said the boxing arena was the
    loudest arena in the whole of the Olympics.Joshua sees boxing as a pure sport
    and the individualistic nature of it as nerve-wracking. But back in 2012 as he
    saw off Erislandy Savon, Zhang Zhilei and then Ivan Dychko in the semifinals, he
    learnt to embrace the pressure and passion of the crowd rather than blocking it
    out.Then came Italys Roberto Cammarelle in the final. He was a fitting opponent.
    Just one year previous, in 2011, Joshua was due to fight Cammarelle but the
    meeting fell through and his inexperience at that stage gave his trainers second
    thoughts over whether he was ready.A year on and he was the darling of the
    ExCeL. The final was on a knife-edge. Joshua trailed by three points after the
    first two rounds and thanks to a ferocious performance in the third, he drew the
    fight level at 18-18. After a lengthy wait as the judges deliberated the
    outcome, he was eventually crowned Olympic champion virtue of countback. On such
    decisions, careers are made.Joshuas star was propelled into the stratosphere and
    now as one of Britains most popular sportsmen, he is the figure providing
    guidance and inspiration to the class of 2016. But it all started on one night
    in London, the fight that put him on the pathway to heavyweight title-holder and
    what he hopes will be a boxing legacy as the unified heavyweight champion of the
    world.Naturally as life goes on, you go through certain experiences inside and
    outside of your work career and I learnt how to deal with these, so it [London
    2012] helped me mature, Joshua says. And I think everyone as time goes on, you
    get a sense of wisdom and I apply everything Ive learnt outside the ring, in the
    ring.I continue to grow as a person and then you can see my development and I
    can project that to a lot of people through my boxing.
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    after consultation with their doctors.Novak Djokovic denied he has a temper
    problem after firing a ball into the crowd during his victory over Dominic Thiem
    at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. The world No 2 received a warning for
    hitting a ball in the direction of coaches Boris Becker and Marian Vajda, who
    were sitting in the stands, after losing the first set in a tie break 12-10.The
    ball flew past Becker and Vajda and only narrowly missed a spectator. Djokovic
    wins O2 opener Novak Djokovic battled back from a set down to beat Dominic Thiem
    It followed a similar incident at this years French Open, when he threw his
    racket and almost hit a line judge during his quarter-final win over Tomas
    Berdych.Djokovic went on to beat Thiem 6-7 (10-12) 6-0 6-2, but when questioned
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    these things? Why dont get suspended, then? Highlights from Djokovics win
    over Dominic Thiem Im close? Im still not suspended, so if Im not close, Im not
    close. It could have been [serious], yes. It could have snowed in O2 arena, as
    well, but it didnt.Im the only player that shows his frustration on the court?
    Thats what you are saying? It is not an issue for me. Its not the first time I
    did it.Sky Sports analyst Annabel Croft was courtside at the end of the first
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    beating Thiem He added: I knew after that the first opening couple games of the
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