Meet Team USA: Boxing
Find out who will represent the United States in boxing at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Qualifying for men's and women's boxing is now complete. The United States successfully qualified six of 10 men's weight classes and two of three women's weight classes, meaning that eight Americans will be competing in Rio.
The only member of the team with prior Olympic experience is Claressa Shields, the 2012 gold medalist and reigning world champion. The 21-year-old will be heavily favored to repeat as Olympic champion.
The men's delegation will be the smallest at a non-boycotted Olympics since 1908 and, led by Shakur Stevenson, will be looking to return the medal podium after being shut out in 2012.
Men's light flyweight (49kg/108 lbs)
The Kansas-based pugilist first started training under his father, a former boxer who runs a local gym, when he was 9 years old. Hernandez, 20, is a two-time Junior Olympic national champion, the 2013 Golden Gloves national champion and the 2014 youth national champion.
Men's flyweight (52kg/114 lbs)
Vargas, who will turn 20 in Rio, broke through at last year's Pan American Games with a gold medal performance. He says that his biggest motivation is fulfilling his father's dream, which was for Vargas to win an Olympic gold medal.
Men's bantamweight (56kg/123 lbs)
The United States' best hope for a medal on the men's side likely rests with the 19-year-old from Newark, New Jersey. Currently undefeated (23-0) in international competition, Stevenson has already won gold medals at the 2013 Junior World Championships, 2014 Youth World Championships and 2014 Youth Olympic Games.
Men's lightweight (60kg/132 lbs)
The first-generation American was the first American to qualify for the Rio Olympics in boxing thanks to his performance in the World Series of Boxing last year. Balderas, 19, won a national championship at the 2014 Youth Open.
Men's light welterweight (64kg/141 lbs)
Russell, 20, is the younger brother of professional boxer Gary Russell Jr., a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team who went on to capture the WBC featherweight world championship after turning pro. The Maryland native won a Golden Gloves national championship in 2014, becoming the fourth brother in the family to do so.
Men's middleweight (75kg/165 lbs)
One of nine siblings, Conwell began training under his father when he was 11 years old. The 18-year-old from Ohio is a two-time youth national champion and 2015 Golden Gloves national champion.
Women's lightweight (60kg/132 lbs)
The former-model-turned-boxer is a three-time national champion and a 2012 World bronze medalist, even though she did not pick up the sport until she was 17 years old. Mayer, now 26, could contend for a medal in her Olympic debut.
Women's middleweight (75kg/165 lbs)
Four years after capturing a gold medal at the London Olympics, Shields is back as the favorite to defend her Olympic title. The 21-year-old has only lost one match in her career and won her second straight world title in May.
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