Boxing history is full of Olympic success stories, but there are also plenty of amateur superstars who peaked with their Olympic success.
Here's a look at five boxers who went from Olympic glory to professional fizzle.
Audley Harrison (UK)
The UK's super heavyweight gold medalist in the 2000 games, Harrison was in the perfect spot to be the face of a rejuvenating British boxing scene. Instead, the 6' 5" southpaw lumbered through a suspect list of journeymen, growing increasingly lazy until suffering back to back defeats against Danny Williams and Dominick Guinn. Since then, Harrison has been a peripheral figure on the UK scene, good enough to get by limited opposition, but not even close to overcoming the region's better fighters.
Odlanier Solis (Cuba)
Cuba's 2004 heavyweight gold medalist was expected to make waves upon his defection from Cuba. But since his pro debut in 2007, the talented fighter is best known for a well-reported weight problem and for a first round knockout at the hands of Vitali Klitschko in 2011.
Andrew Maynard (USA)
A decorated amateur, Maynard was a 1988 light heavyweight gold medalist for the United States drafted by Sugar Ray Leonard's management team and expected to do big things as a professional. Instead, the amateur pressure fighter wound up becoming a tentative pro with a brittle chin. After going 2-7-1 in a ten bout stretch, Maynard retired in October of 2000.
Rocky Juarez (USA)
Houston's Ricardo "Rocky" Juarez won a featherweight silver medal in the 2000 Olympics and was eventually picked up by a growing Golden Boy Promotions. However, despite being given plenty of chances to become the company's Mexican-American featured star, he could never quite establish himself as a main stage fighter. After an eleven year professional career, Juarez posted an anemic 0-5-1 record in world title bouts.
Tyrell Biggs (USA)
The United States' 1984 Olympic gold medalist in the super heavyweight division seemed to be on a path to professional glory. Tall, strong, and skilled, he seemed to have all the tools necessary for a successful professional career. Unfortunately, Biggs came around at the wrong time and ran into a prime Mike Tyson, who promptly ended his run at the top with a TKO 7 drubbing in 1987. After the Tyson loss, Biggs would lose his next two bouts and never get back on track, retiring in 1998 with a 30-10 record.
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