In the world of professional sports, most athletes make their case for inclusion to the big leagues by showcasing their skills at the college level.
Playing in front of massive crowds and representing their school through thick and thin, they learn the hard way the difference between playing not to lose and playing to win, and they learn that nothing is more expensive than regret.
For those athletes who would see themselves fighting in front of millions for millions, their dream showcase is the Olympic Games.
Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya and countless other professional boxers—now legends—all saw their careers really begin when they stepped foot into the Olympic ring.
So, who among this new crop of Olympians will follow in their footsteps? Here are some fighters who could step off the podiums in London and soon be stepping into the professional ring for the start of a great career.