USA Men's Boxing Reaches the Bottom of the Barrel

August 8, 2012 12:00 AM

USA Men's Boxing Reaches the Bottom of the Barrel

" There would be no second chances for Errol Spence Jr. this time.

Spence advanced to the quarterfinals of the welterweight boxing tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London after an official review overturned the results of his previous match. The decision was justified, but there was no way to salvage Spence's Olympic dream after the bout with Andrey Zamkovoy on Tuesday.

And that means there's no way to salvage the Olympic dreams of the United States men's boxing team either. Spence was the last boxer standing and his loss means that the U.S. will not win a men's boxing medal for the first time in history.

After years of producing fighters with household names like Ali, Foreman, Frazier, De La Hoya and Leonard, the team couldn't even match the measly one bronze medal they took home in Beijing. To say that this is the program's lowest point is akin to saying that water is wet.

Everything goes through cycles and you'll likely hear that there are ways for the U.S. to restore some luster to its boxing program "

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