U.S. Olympic boxing is back.
The once proud program has been massively faltering in recent efforts. In fact, the Americans have only one gold medal in the past three Olympics. That is an outcome that would have once seemed unthinkable.
The last gold medal by the Americans was in 2004 by Andre Ward.
They will end this streak this year. The U.S. is ready to take home several medals in these games and at least one of them will be the gold.
Since their embarrassment in Bejing, they won just one medal there and that was a bronze.
The U.S. has stepped up their efforts to rebuild their program. Boxers are now getting in much more work with their own trainers, and they even brought on boxing icon Freddie Roach to help develop some of these boxers.
It is already paying off. The U.S. is sending nine fighters to the London Games. This is the second most to only Australia. The only weight class where the Americans will not be represented is light flyweight.
Here is who will represent the Stars and Stripes at these games:
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
Of this group, Rau'shee Warren has the best chance to capture the gold. He has a wealth of international experience and was the 2007 world champion.
Bantamweight Joseph Diaz also has an excellent shot. He is just 19 but is supremely gifted. He came in second at the 2011 World Championships.
Welterweight Errol Spence also has a solid chance. He is a three-time national champ.
This strong and deep crop of boxers is ready to make some noise on the international boxing scene.
These games will be the coming out party for the rejuvenated U.S. team.