U.S. Olympic Trials Complete

By Mike Campbell and Scott Shaffer


U.S. Olympic Trials Complete

Boxingtalk salutes the 11 winners

At the Olympicc trials in Houston, Gary Russell, Jr. made the U.S. Olympic team the hard way, losing on the first day of the trials but coming all the way through the challenger's bracket and then twice defeating the man who initially upset him, Roberto Marroquin. On Sunday, Russell defeated Marroquin by the score of 18-14 to win the bantamweight competition. Also on Sunday, Raynell Williams claimed the featherweight berth on the team by decisioning Hylon Williams, Jr., 24-22. The eleven U.S. Olympic hopefuls have now been selected HOWEVER, these eleven men still must qualify internationally to actually compete in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The first international qualifier will be the 2007 World Championships, October 23-November 3 in Chicago. The top eight finishers in the light flyweight through light heavyweight divisions and the top four boxers in the heavyweight and super heavyweight divisions at the World Championships will earn Olympic spots. Two continental qualifying events will be held following the completion of the 2007 World Championships. 

106 lbs: Luis Yanez, Duncanville, Texas 
112 lbs: Rau'shee Warren, Cincinnati, Ohio 
119 lbs: Gary Russell, Jr., Capitol Heights, Maryland 
125 lbs: Raynell Williams, Houston, Texas
132 lbs: Sadam Ali, Brooklyn, NY
141 lbs: Javier Molina, Commerce, California
152 lbs: Demetrius Andrade, Providence, Rhode Island
165 lbs: Shawn Estrada, Downey, California
178 lbs: Christopher Downs, Fort Carson, Colorado
201 lbs: Deontay Wilder, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
201+ lbs: Michael Hunter, Las Vegas, Nevada