The Road to London will begin in less than a month at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Men’s Boxing, July 31-August 6 in Mobile, Ala. Olympic hopefuls from across the country will convene in Mobile for the double elimination tournament at the Mobile Civic Center. Press accreditation is now open and media members interested in covering the event must complete the attached form and return it by Friday, July 29.
The competitors in each of the 10 men’s weight divisions were determined by five qualifying tournaments with the champions from the 2010 National PAL Championships, 2011 Armed Forces Championships, 2011 National Golden Gloves Championships and the Last Chance Qualifier joining the top four finishers from the 2011 USA Boxing National Championships.
Two-time Olympian Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) leads a talented group of boxers into the career defining event. Warren, a 2007 World Champion, can become the first U.S. boxer in history to compete in three Olympic Games should he win his flyweight division in Mobile and qualify internationally for London. Fellow U.S. Olympic Team Trials champion Michael Hunter (Las Vegas, Nev.) will look to finish what he started in 2008 in a new weight class with a second run at the Olympic Games. Yet Hunter could face 2010 USA Boxing Athlete of the Year Steve Geffrard (Boca Raton, Fla.) as the two both vie for the heavyweight berth in London.
Three-time National Champion Louie Byrd (Denver, Colo.) was just four days too young to compete in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials leading into the Beijing Olympics, but he heads into the upcoming Olympic Trials as the favorite in the light flyweight division. The welterweight division boasts a three-time national champion as well with Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas) taking gold at the past three USA Boxing National Championships.
2008 Olympian Raynell Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) earned a berth in his second straight U.S. Olympic Team Trials just last week at the Last Chance Qualifier tournament in Cincinnati, and will vie for another Olympic berth at the lightweight division. Williams qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in his last opportunity leading into the 2008 Olympics as well.
The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Men’s Boxing is a double elimination tournament with the champion from the winners’ bracket meeting the victor from the challengers’ bracket in the finals. The challengers bracket representative must beat the champions bracket winner twice in order to win the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Men’s Boxing action will commence on Sunday, July 31 with quarterfinal action in all 10 weight divisions. Challengers bracket boxing will begin on August 1 and the event will culminate with the final round contests between the champions bracket winner and the challengers bracket titlist on Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6 if necessary.
The 10 winners at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Men’s Boxing will represent the United States at the first international Olympic qualifier, 2011 AIBA Men’s World Boxing Championships, September 22-October 10, in Baku, Azerbaijan.