Four years after a disappointing showing in Beijing, the United States boxing team heads to London with a sky-high hopes and nine chances to bring home gold.
Six more Americans qualified for the games with strong showings at the AIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Event in Rio de Janeiro, giving the U.S. the second-largest crop of fighters of any country. The U.S. will send boxers in nine of the 10 weight classes, second to only Australia, which qualified one fighter in every class.
“This performance from the team as a whole should be a message to the world that USA Boxing is still alive and kicking,” said team captain Jamel Herring who qualified over the weekend. “If anything, I say we’re getting stronger and have something to prove.”
Criticized for a dearth of medals in recent years, the Americans hope their deeper talent pool produces big results. The U.S. has only one gold medal in the last three Olympics and Deontay Wildner’s lone bronze in Beijing was the worst-ever showing for a country that still leads the all-time boxing medal count.
Here’s the list of American men heading to London:
Flyweight: Rau’shee Warren
Bantamweight: Joseph Diaz
Lightweight: Jose Ramirez
Light welterweight: Jamel Herring
Welterweight: Errol Spence
Middleweight: Terrell Gausha
Light heavyweight: Marcus Browne
Heavyweight: Michael Hunter
Super heavyweight: Dominic Breazeale
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