With the 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Trials now complete, ten American boxers are one step closer to representing the United States in the 2012 Olympic Games. In order to qualify to compete in London, each fighter still needs a top ten showing (top six for the heavyweight and super heavyweight divisions) in the 2011 AIBA World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan (September 22 - October 10).
Here are the results of the Finals of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Trials in each weight class:
108 lbs: Erros Correa, San Jose, CA, dec. Santos Vasquez, Sparks, NV, 22-18
114 lbs: Rau'shee Warren, Cincinnati, OH, dec. Shawn Simpson, Chicago IL., 31-18
123 lbs: Joseph Diaz Jr., El Monte, CA, dec. O'Shanique Foster, Orange, TX, 17-14
132 lbs: Jose Ramirez, Avenal, CA, dec. Raynell Williams, Cleveland, OH, 21-16
141 lbs: Jamel Herring, Coram, NY, dec. Pedro Sosa, Bronx, NY, 15-10
152 lbs: Errol Spence, Desoto, TX, dec. Amir Imam, Albany, NY, 24-19
165 lbs: Jesse Hart, Philadelphia, PA, dec. Luis Arias, Milwaukee, WI, 21-6
178 lbs: Marcus Browne, Staten Island, NY, dec. Siju Shabazz, Las Cruces, NM, 14-12
201 lbs: Michael Hunter, Las Vegas, NV, dec. Joseph Williams, Queens, NY, 28-17
201+ lbs: Lenroy Thompson, Lenexa, KS, dec. Laron Mitchell, San Francisco, CA, 21-9
The U.S. has won more medals in boxing than any other country in Olympic history (108) ... but only one Gold in the past three Olympics (Andre Ward, 2004) and a single Bronze medal at the 2008 Games (Deontay Wilder).
Two of this team's best hopes for Olympic Gold are Jose Ramirez, who has won five consecutive USA boxing national titles, and Rau'shee Warren, who has now made the Olympic team three consecutive times.
Joe Zanders, the national coach for USA Boxing, will be the head coach of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team.