But as an amateur, the highest level you can box at is the Olympics. I did that at 18 and felt it was time to move on to other challenges as a professional.
People still call me the eternal amateur. After all, professionals are supposed to be able to conduct everything. But I can't unless I feel some connection inside. Conducting is not an end in itself for me.
My dad was a geologist and my mum was a nurse who directed amateur theatrics.
I've got a soft spot for Theatr Colwyn because my granddad used to run the Colwyn amateur dramatic society in the 1930s.
Even now I want to keep my amateur spirit, to spend my time, to be in the sport with all my heart.
The amateur is very rare in French literature - as rare as he is common in our own.
I was always scared in the amateurs, but the minute I got in the ring it was like another person took over. I become more vicious. In there I love to hurt people. Outside I can't hurt a bug.
As a child, I always thought about big screen and even played in a amateur theatrical studio.
I think for a lot of amateurs, their alignment is always out.
There are great amateur bodies that have good programs right from the grassroots level to professionals.
So I have the classic amateur's technique; I know some very tricky bits and I have large gaping holes.
I can go any style - hook up, lock up, take you down - and do all kinds of amateur moves.
My father was an amateur filmmaker who shot 8mm color documentaries.
I love mixing amateurs and professionals.
I felt I could play in maybe a dozen tournaments a year as an amateur.
I almost didn't turn pro at all. I was tempted to be a career amateur. I worked as an investment banker for nine months after I got out of school, and the money was fantastic and promised to get even more lucrative.
I'm helpless in post-round, hole-by-hole interviews. I can't take you through most of the holes of winning the Players Championship, the U.S. Amateur or Ryder Cup matches. It's like golf amnesia.
I think the greatest photographers are the amateur photographers who do it because they love it. Arnold Newman is a good example; he is a consummate professional, but he's also an 'amateur' in the pure sense of the word.
I do small cameos here and there but nothing that requires more than a paragraph of talking, because I'm just an amateur. The movie is a whole different reality.
I felt like, by the end of the week in the U.S. Amateur, I was never aiming at a flag; I was just hitting it at slopes and just letting the natural contours take over.