Thousands of miles away from Joe Calzaghe at the Millennium Stadium, Frankie Gavin made his own bit of British boxing history when he was crowned the nation's first ever World Amateur champion.
The Birmingham 22-year-old beat Domenico Valentino 18-10 to win the lightweight title and immediately install himself as favourite to win the gold medal at next year's Beijing Olympic Games.
Gavin's victory capped a remarkable run of success for the England amateur squad, with four fighters clinching the quarter-final places which guaranteed their tickets to China. In addition, Gavin's gold and bronze medals for youngsters Joe Murray and Bradley Saunders ensured that England matched their combined total of medals from all previous world amateur tournaments.
The unassuming Gavin, of Small Heath, whose momentous victory was the 100th of his stellar amateur career, admitted he may struggle to come to terms with the hype which is about to accompany his every move.
He said: "It hasn't sunk in yet that I'm world champion. I never even thought about it for a moment. All I wanted to do at the start was reach the last eight and qualify for the Olympics. Then, in my semi-final, I was concentrating on fighting the Russian world No 1. It was only after I beat him that I began to think that, if I won one more fight, I could do it."
The fast and elusive Gavin has been held up as Britain's brightest amateur ever since his friend and former room-mate, Amir Khan, moved up to join the professional ranks.
Having proved his potential by winning the Commonwealth Games gold medal in Melbourne last year, Gavin has matured into a fighter who stands head and shoulders above all his rivals.
Gavin added: "I was still just a boy in Australia. I've turned into a man now and with the help of my funding and full-time training, I'm really beginning to box well. It's brilliant that so many of us have qualified for the Olympics and it's a great credit to my coaches. We're moving on to the next level now and we've got a great team spirit.
"I don't see any reason why we can't have our most successful Olympics. You see what Amir achieved in Athens and it just makes you all the more hungry to go on and build on that."
Head coach Terry Edwards said the system was now in place for the new generation of amateur talent to reap rewards in a way in which previous eras of fighters had struggled.
"The extra funding and consistent training programmes have put us on a level playing field with all the other big nations," said Edwards. "Frankie's got extraordinary natural talent and a boxing brain. He's going to be a big hope going into the Olympics."