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Contrasting the way Olympic gold medalists made their debuts

Graham Houston looks at five fighters who used their Olympic pedigree to help launch their professional careers.

Originally Published: August 22, 2008
By Graham Houston | Special to ESPN.com

Sugar Ray Leonard's gold medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympics launched a professional career that was high-profile from the outset.

Here's a look at how some other future champs won their gold medals and the contrasting ways in which they made their pro starts.

Floyd Patterson -- Middleweight gold medalist, Helsinki Games, 1952 Patterson was just 17 years old when he breezed through four opponents in the Olympics, knocking out Romanian Vasile Tita in 74 seconds in the middleweight ...

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