Yafai vs Muranaka: James DeGale, David Price and Tony Jeffries all won medals at the 2008 Olympics
By Neel Khagram
Last Updated: 11/05/17 12:30pm
Eight years after representing Great Britain at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Kal Yafai became Birmingham's first world champion in December 2016.
On Saturday night, he will make the first defence of the WBA super-flyweight title against Suguru Muranaka at Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena, live on Sky Sports. Here we look at Great Britain's Olympians from 2008 and how their careers have fared...
Kal Yafai (flyweight)
The fighting pride of Birmingham represented his country at flyweight in Beijing, receiving a bye in the round of 32 before losing to Cuba's Andry Laffita in his first fight of the tournament.
Yafai remained amateur after the Olympics but failed to make Great Britain's squad for London 2012 after defeat to Andrew Selby in a best-of-three box-off.
He turned professional straight after and notched up twenty straight victories before excelling in his defining night last December to outclass Luis Concepcion and become WBA super-flyweight world champion.
Joe Murray (bantamweight)
Murray won bronze at the 2007 World Championships but was eliminated at the round-of-32 stage in Beijing after suffering a points defeat to home favourite Gu Yu.
The Mancunian turned professional a year later but has failed to live up to his amateur pedigree thus far, losing twice to Liam Walsh for the British super-featherweight title in a 220-fight career.
Frankie Gavin (lightweight)
Gavin became the first British fighter to win World Championship gold in 2007 but withdrew from competing at the 2008 Olympics after failing to make the lightweight limit once in China.
The talented southpaw then ditched the vest and headguard and won the British welterweight title in his 14th fight when he outpointed former world champion Junior Witter.
Commonwealth success followed but a crushing first defeat to Leonard Bundu stalled his progress and a period of rebuilding, 'Funtime' fought Kell Brook for the IBF title but was soundly beaten and lost to Sam Eggington in an enthralling domestic battle last year.
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Bradley Saunders (light-welterweight)
Despite being eliminated at the round-of-16 stage in Beijing, Saunders boasts a sound amateur career having won bronze at the 2007 World Championships, gold at the 2009 European Championships and gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
As a professional, he notched up 12 straight victories before suffering his first loss to Renald Garrido in 2015 via disqualification after deliberately head-butting his opponent. Saunders has not boxed since due to crippling hand injuries.
Billy Joe Saunders (welterweight)
Saunders entered the Olympic Games as a talented 18-year-old but failed to medal after losing to Carlos Banteux from Cuba in the round of 16.
The southpaw turned professional soon after and won the British, Commonwealth and European belts in 20 fights before dethroning Andy Lee in December 2015 to become WBO world champion at middleweight. He makes the second defence of his title in July and ironically now shares a gym with Lee, having switched to Adam Booth's stable.
James DeGale (middleweight)
The boy from Harlesden lit up the Olympics with his switch-hit style to defeat Emilio Correa in the final and capture Great Britain's only boxing gold medal.
Huge expectancy was thrust on DeGale once he turned professional, but a loss to bitter rival George Groves in his 11th fight threatened to derails his career.
However, 'Chunky' regrouped to make history once again and become the first Brit to win Olympic gold and a world title after beating Andre Dirrell in 2015 to capture the vacant IBF super-middleweight crown he had now defended three times, all across the pond.
Tony Jeffries (light-heavyweight)
Sunderland's Tony Jeffries became the first man from Tyne and Wear to qualify for the Olympic Games. He successfully negotiated his way to the semi-final before losing to Ireland's Kenny Egan and walk away with a bronze medal.
His professional career was not so kind as he was forced to retire in 2012 after just 10 professional fights due to persistent hand injures. Jeffries has since relocated to LA where he runs his own boxing gym.
David Price (super-heavyweight)
Liverpool's David Price won gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games before embarking on an Olympic adventure which led him to a bronze medal in Beijing before losing to eventual winner Roberto Cammarelle.
He turned professional after 2008 and was destined for great things, capturing the British and Commonwealth titles in his 13th fight, but back-to-back knockout losses to Tony Thompson seemed to take the Merseyside's early career confidence away from him.
Price has subsequently gone on to suffer further stoppage losses to Erkan Teper and Christian Hammer last time out.
Watch Kal Yafai v Suguru Muranaka, Frankie Gavin, Sam Eggington, Gamal Yafau and Josh Kelly live, on this Saturday's Birmingham bill, from 7.30pm on Sky Sports 2.