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    Wow! 78-0 with 55 KO's!

    Back in 1976, the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team picked up a slew of gold medals in Montreal. In 1984, at the Games in Los Angeles came another truckload. Then, like the economy, came the decline. Change that. It wasn't a decline. It was a crash. The last Olympic boxing medal won by a U.S. male was in 2008, when Deontay Wilder won a bronze medal in Beijing.

    Then came 2012. London. That's when the U.S. males bottomed out. I had to clarify it was the males who bottomed out. That's because the women's boxing team actually won a gold medal, that by Claressa Shields. Other than that...nada!

    So, after the closing ceremonies, the young U.S. squad headed home. To Staten Island. To Long Island. To California. To Nevada.

    Then they signed contracts with a man named Al Haymon and went into heavy training. Then they turned professional.

    I can't change the numbers quick enough. Like a tote board, they keep going up. At last count, the nine male members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team were 78-0 with 55 knockouts. Almost a foregone conclusion are three more victories by 2012 squad members in the next two weeks, pushing their collective total to 81-0.

    Lett's take a look at the breakdown:

    RAU'SHEE WARREN, bantamweight: The smallest member of the squad, who fought as a flyweight in the Olympics, is now 10-0 as a pro and is coming off back-to-back unanimous decision wins over eight rounds against two veteran fighters. From Cincinnati, Ohio, Warren is the cosummate boxer, using fast combinations to pile up points. He has three knockouts to his record.

    JOSEPH DIAZ, bantamweight: The 21-year-old bantamweight out of South El Monte, California, is a fast-handed southpaw with power. In his 9-0 record are seven wins by stoppage. He will be going for win #10 next week at the Stub Hub Center.

    JOSE RAMIREZ, jr. welterweight: The 21-year-old out of Avenal, California, fought as a lightweight in the 2012 Olympics, winning his opening bout by decision, then losing by decision in his second outing. At 5'10", he moved to jr. welterweight when he turned pro. He made his debut in December 2012 with a first-round KO, then continued his barrage in 2013, winning all six of his fights, four by knockout. His last fight was on March 29, when he stopped Boyd Henley in the second round in Las Vegas. He is currently 9-0 with seven knockouts. Six of them have come in the first round.

    JAMEL HERRING, Jr. welterweight: An ex-Marine from Coram, Long Island, Herring represented the U.S. in the Olympics as a jr. welterweight and continues at that weight today. He turned pro In December 2012 with a four-round decision win, picked up five more victories in 2013 and has added another one this year. At 7-0 (4), he seeks his eighth victory in a few more weeks.

    ERROL SPENCE, welterweight: The 24-year-old from Texas is fast-handed southpaw with bombs in both hands. He picked up two victories in the 2012 Olympics before dropping a decision to the Russian representative. He turned pro in November 2012 with a third-round KO, then had another third-round stoppage a month later. Had a big year in 2013, going 8-0 with six stoppaqes. Has added two more victories (both via stoppage) in 2014. bringing his totals to 12-0 (10). Seven of the endings have come in the first round. His last outing was on April 18...a TKO 1.

    TERRELL GAUSHA, middleweight: The 26-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio, represented the U.S. as a middleweight in London, and continues to campaign as a 160-pounder. He is 8-0 (5), coming off an eight-round unanimous decision win over George Sosa in February. His next fight is scheduledto take place on April 26 at the Stub Hub Center, in Carson, California. His opponent is scheduled to be 56-fight vet Charles Whitaker.

    MARCUS BROWNE, light heavyweight: Marcus represented the U.S. as a light heavyweight in the 2012 Olympics and lost a tight decision to the Australian representative. It may be the last fight he ever loses. As a pro he is 10-0 (7). A southpaw who stands just over 6'0", Browne works the body better than most fighters. His body shots have led him to all of his 10 victories and have accounted for most of his seven knockouts. Nicknamed "The Liver Killer," the Staten Island, NY resident is coming off an impressive beatdown and unanimous decision win in eight against 41-fight vet Oris Griffin. By this time next year, he will be knocking on the door of one of the alphabet titles.

    MICHAEL HUNTER, JR., Heavyweight: The 25-year-old Las Vegas, Nevada resident is the son of former heavyweight contender Mike "The Bounty" Hunter. He turned pro in 2013, winning by KO in both fights. This year he has added two more victories to his record, the last one on Apr. 3 in California. He hastwo more fights lined up. The first of the two is on April 26 in Phoenix, Arizona. The one after that is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on May 10. He stands 6'2" and has the power and boxing skills to become a factor in the heavyweight division in a few more years.

    DOMINIC BREAZEALE, Super Heavyweight: The former collegiate quarterback now throws knockout punches instead of passes. A one-sided eight-round decision win on April 3 against veteran Nagy Aguilera brought Breazeale's record to 10-0 and marked the first time as a pro his opponent made it to the final bell.
    At slightly over 6'7 and 255 pounds, he has the size to mix it up with any of today's upcoming heavyweight giants.

    By the end of 2014, that 78-0 record will be close to 100-0. Someone has to lose eventually. Which guy will it be?

    -Randy G.

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    Some are moving faster than others. I would say Errol has the best future out of the 9. He has faced the best opposition so far and is moving up very well. Added up, The 9 boxers opponents have a combined record of 467-290. Errols opposition has a combined w/l of 104-40.

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    Re: Wow! 78-0 with 55 KO's!

    Nice stuff, Deep!

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    Thanks for the fresh-face update... None of these guys are losing in 2014. The managerial induction process for new contenders will prevent that.
    12 -18 months from now will be an entirely different story.
    Eroll Spence is going all the way to the top.

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    This is definitely a very talented group of prospects. I agree with brownsugar and do not see any of these guys losing in 2014. They are all managed well and won't be thrown in over thier heads.

    I think the best two are Spence and Browne. Spence just has all the tools. And Browne is a physically imposing Light Heavyweight and has a huge upside.

    If tough to say who loses first as that will depend on a lot of factors including competition. I really do like them all as prospects and think they will all have solid pro careers and we get a few stars from the bunch.

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    This was a very informative article by The Commish.

    I'm reminded that Bob Arum signed several members of the 1988 Olympic team in one fell swoop, forming an investment group to limit his risk. Ray Mercer, Kennedy McKinney, Todd Foster, and Kenya's ill-fated Robert Wangila were in that group. (I don't believe that Michael Carbajal was part of the original package.)

    UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian was one of Arum's investors in this scheme. I've been reliably informed that he and the other backers never made a profit on the deal.

    Dominic Breazeale is the most intriguing member of Al Hayman's Olympic stable. Breazeale is no stranger to losing. In his two years as the starting quarterback at Northern Colorado, his teams were a combined 2-21.

    If history is any guide, Breazeale's exploits on the gridiron will get more puffed-up as his career gains more steam. Tom McNeeley (Hurricane Peter's father) was packaged as a former football star at Michigan State. The elder McNeeley never played a down for the Spartans.

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    Breazeale and Hunter are the two most raw fighters of the group. Breazeale, in particular, is very athletic but still relatively new so to say to boxing. He looked pretty good in his last night against Nagy Aguilera and is developing the right way as a pro (showing vast improvement as he steps up his competition). He is someone who intrigues me a lot but needs polishing.

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    Floyd Mayweather has STRONGLY endorsed Errol Spence about a month ago and has consistently done so privately for the past year.

    Spence reportedly buzzed -- some say floored -- Adrien Broner during a sparring session. While helping the Money Man prepare for Guerrero, Spence hit Mayweather so hard he blew a gasket, sent Spence home, showed up to media day with a black eye, and then proceeded to invite him back.

    You don't go through that range of emotions unless the cat touched you somewhere -- no pun or innuendo intended.
    Last edited by The Shadow; 04-25-2014 at 06:53 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Shadow View Post
    Floyd Mayweather has STRONGLY endorsed Errol Spence about a month ago and has consistently done so privately for the past year.

    Spence reportedly buzzed -- some say floored -- Adrien Broner during a sparring session. While helping the Money Man prepare for Guerrero, Spence hit Mayweather so hard he blew a gasket, sent Spence home, showed up to media day with a black eye, and then proceeded to invite him back.

    You don't go through that range of emotions unless the cat touched you somewhere -- no pun or innuendo intended.
    Yeah I read this a while ago, Spence hurt Floyd's pride I guess but Floyd realized he was wrong; good man.

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    Re: Wow! 78-0 with 55 KO's!

    Great article Commish, it was very nice meeting you yesterday!

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