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London 2012 Olympics: USA Boxing will be represented in 9 of 10 weight classes

Dominic Breazeale qualified in the super heavyweight class for a beefed up USA Boxing team. (Chris Carlson/Associated Press)

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

Read the full story from the Associated Press here.


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Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.



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