Boxer Stalker targets gold over fame

Boxer Stalker targets gold over fame
By Eurosport

19/07/2012 at 22:51Updated 19/07/2012 at 22:52

Great Britain boxer Tom Stalker has got his heart set on carving himself a slice of history with an Olympic gold medal at London 2012, but he's adamant fame and fortune will not immediately follow.

The 28-year-old - captain of the ten-strong Great Britain boxing squad - is looking to complete his major championship set in London and add an Olympic medal to those he has already gained at world, European and Commonwealth level.

If successful, Stalker, who was overlooked for the Beijing Olympics in favour of Frankie Gavin, would become the first boxer in history to do so, having collected Commonwealth Games gold in 2010, world bronze last year and two European silver medals since 2010.

However, he insists whatever happens in the coming days he will be in no rush to turn professional.

"Anthony (Joshua) and I have both agreed that after the Games we want to go to somewhere in the Third World so that when we come back to England we appreciate what we have," said Stalker.

"We've made a pact that if we both win a medal we will go to a poor country. A lot of people praise you at the Games and we want to come back down to earth and visit people less well off than us.

"The dream is to get a medal at these Games, that would just be the icing on the cake for me, I've got every other medal there is to get as an amateur so to get the full set would be great.

"I would go down as the first boxer in history to medal in every major and that would be amazing, it's a huge incentive.

"I'm happy being an amateur at the moment, representing my country is what makes me proud and I know that after the Games it's all going to get pretty crazy."

While Gavin didn't exactly do Great Britain proud in Beijing - he failed to make the required weight and could not compete - the rest of the squad certainly did, collecting one gold medal and two bronzes to reap Great Britain's most successful Olympic boxing medal haul for 52 years.

And recent history shows that Stalker and co have what it takes to top that - Andrew Selby, Luke Campbell and Anthony Joshua are all world silver medallists while all three women boxers reached the podium at May's World Championships in China.

But Stalker is refusing to make any bold predictions.

"I would be silly to stand here now and start making bold statements about what I'm going to do, I will need a lot of luck to win that gold medal," he said.

"We've got great fighters in every weight category there is no doubt about that, but there are great fighters all over the world.

"It's scary to think like that.We are all training as hard as we can, we've got no distractions and we're like a family, we all come to each other with our problems and we will be staying hungry from now until the Games."