The American lineup for the upcoming Olympic games is set and, well, things aren’t looking too hot for the red, white, and blue. Just six men will represent the nation in Rio, which is excellent for health reasons and awful for competitive ones.
Pros in Olympic #boxing awful.Hassan N'Dam, 32,ex-world titlist,12-yr pro,04 Olympian, beat Jonathan Esquivel,21, today, at final qualifier.— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) July 6, 2016
U.S. Olympic #boxing team already disappointing. Only qualified in 6 of 10 divisions. No U.S. welter, light heavy, heavy or super heavy.— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) July 6, 2016
Although '16 US Olympic men's #boxing team has reps in just 6 of 10 divisions cant do worse than '12 when US men won 0 medals, 1st time ever— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) July 6, 2016
'16 US Olympic men's #boxing team: light fly Nico Hernandez, fly Antonio Vargas, bantam Shakur Stevenson, lightweight Carlos Balderas (more)— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) July 6, 2016
Also on 2016 U.S. Olympic men's #boxing team: light welterweight Gary Antuanne Russell & middleweight Charles Conwell.— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) July 6, 2016
Paul Kroll, Cam F. Awesome, Brandon Lynch, and the aforementioned Esquivel all failed to qualify. The women’s team has representatives in two of three divisions, Mikaela Mayer at lightweight and 2012 gold medalist Claressa Shields at middleweight.
Of course, all of this is assuming the Olympics even happen, which isn't a given considering the absolute logistical nightmare Rio is dealing with at the moment.