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The Gold Medal Drought for the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team is Expected to Continue

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  • The Gold Medal Drought for the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team is Expected to Continue

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    By Arne K. Lang

    Boxers from 76 nations have converged on Tokyo. The Games open Friday and activity commences the next day with action in the women’s featherweight division kicking things off in the boxing segment. The first bout on Saturday is expected to start at 10 p.m. ET.

    The U.S. is fielding a 10-person team: five men and five women. Based on the opening odds, it doesn’t figure that the U.S. will win a gold medal. That’s no surprise. Since 1996, the only U.S. boxer on the men's side to win the gold is Andre Ward who turned the trick at the 2004 Olympiad in Greece.

    If the oddsmakers are to be believed (and odds are often a better predictor than seedings), the U.S.’s best hopes are men’s lightweight Keyshawn Davis and women’s flyweight Ginny Fuchs. Both are the second-favorite in their respective weight class. Richard Torrez Jr. clocks in at #3 among the super heavyweights. No other U.S. boxer is accorded a strong chance of medaling.

    Keyshawn Davis, who has three pro fights under his belt, may renew acquaintances with Cuban nemesis Andy Cruz. The gifted, 25-year-old Cruz is 124-8 in documented bouts which includes a 16-0 mark in the World Series of Boxing.

    Cruz is 3-0 vs. Davis. Those bouts were staged in Managua, Nicaragua, in Lima, Peru, and in Ekaterinburg, Russia and two of those fights were very close.

    The boxer with the shortest price is heavyweight Muslim Gahzhimagomedov who is minus-250. A taller version of countryman Artur Beterbiev, the Russian with the impossibly long name rides into Tokyo on 45-fight winning streak.

    Super heavyweight Bakhodir Jalolov is also a solid favorite (-200). Carrying about 250 pounds on a six-foot-seven frame, the Uzbek southpaw is a beast as Richard Torrez Jr. can attest. Jalolov scored a frightful opening-round knockout over Torrez in a 2019 match at Ekaterinburg. Torrez was unconscious before he hit the mat and left the ring on a stretcher.

    Jalolov has been a busy bee this year, winning 10 amateur fights and ducking in a professional engagement. As a pro, he’s 8-0 with 8 knockouts.

    Listed below are the favorites in each weight class.


    Super Heavyweight

    Bakhodir Jalolov – Uzbekistan


    Muslim Gadzhimagomedov – Russia

    Light Heavyweight

    Arlen Lopez – Cuba


    Oleksandr Khyzhniak – Ukraine


    Pat McCormack – Great Britain


    Andy Cruz – Cuba


    Mirazizbek Mirzakhaliov – Uzbekistan


    Shakhobidin Zairov - Uzbekistan



    Lauren Price – Great Britain


    Busenaz Surmeneli – Turkey


    Beatrix Ferreira – Brazil


    Lin Yu-Ting – Chinese Taipei


    Buz Naz Cakiroglo - Turkey

  • #2
    It’s sobering to know that America is no longer a fit and fighting nation capable of corralling gold medal in Olympic boxing. I’d suggest that our impotence as a people is accurately reflected by our pitiful pugilistic standing in comparison to say, more motivated, hungrier people. Perhaps the Olympic committee could add some new sports for medal starved Americans. I’d suggest rioting and amateur grievance mongering.


    • #3
      You are spot on KO now watch how the media manufactuers some stories, I would guess stories of how we got cheated, some types of it is not fair type of situations is my guess. not our fault junk anything but punch someone in the face to show them who they are dealing with.


      • #4
        You know they’ll make up some lie and sell it to the losers!


        • #5
          The Olympics should not be played in Tokyo. IMHO. Cancel/postpone them


          • #6
            Boycott Beijing.

            Tokyo is a go!


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