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So righteous and indignant? Boxing promoters have perpetually gone after amateur boxers in an attempt to get them to skip the Olympic route. For years, promoters have used everything from Muhammad Ali throwing his gold medal into the Ohio River to the image of Roy Jones Jr. standing next to a ref as he lifted the arm of Park Si-Hun in the Seoul Olympics (considered by many as one of the most corrupt moments in Olympic history) as examples of the unimportance of the Olympics in the arc of one’s career. More recently, promoters simply need to run off the names of top boxers who didn’t need an Olympic medal to succeed as a pro — Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Juan Manuel Marquez, Adrien Broner, Timothy Bradley — to prove that participating in the Olympics is as useful as an iPhone 3GS. After Athens 2004, USA Boxing had been able to say to every American who has thought about joining them: “Look at Andre Ward’s career, and we’ll show you how Ward benefited from being in the Olympics.” But when a country goes through an entire Olympics as the United States did at London 2012 and returns without a single medal, the sell gets difficult. Tyson is doing nothing different from any other promoter in the game since boxing became a free enterprise for promotion and hype. Boxing promoters from Butch Lewis to Bob Arum have always “poached” boxers they feel can make them money sooner rather than later. It’s their way of building a relationship with a boxer before anyone else has the chance. That’s kinda always been part of the (shady) business side of boxing. For USA Boxing to start bitching now is laughable. It reeks of an organization that is panicking. It’s so not a good look for them.
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At 6-foot-9 he has long arms and is really starting to fill out through his shoulders. He came up with lots of loose balls, played with physicality and tried to punish the rim whenever possible. He did it with a big smile on his face and a motor that never quit, making him a lot of fun to watch and play with. Make no mistake about it. Jayson Tatum validated his standing as a top-five player in the class of 2016. The product of St. Louis (Mo.) Chaminade looks to have grown to a legitimate 6-feet-7, and he is really filling out physically. Tatum made plays off the dribble, was all over the glass and broke out a highly effective post game while looking like one of the most well-rounded players in camp regardless of class. Another of 2016’s top players, Mustapha Heron is a solid and tough wing prospect. The lefty doesn’t force much and seems to make an impact in every aspect of the game. He defends, finishes in transition, can make some jumpers and doesn’t seem to make any mistakes.
2 position after decimating Pac-12 rival Colorado. The Ducks will finally have a true test against No. 19Washington next week. Speaking of the Huskies, they lost a heartbreaker to No. 5 Stanford, as the Cardinal hung on to win a 31-28 battle that came down to the wire. Clemson and Ohio State once again round out the top-five again this week. The No. 4 Tigers decimated Syracuse, while the No. 3 Buckeyes had to stave off a feisty Northwestern squad. The Wildcats moved down to No. 18 after that tough loss to OSU. Georgia is fortunate to remain in the Top 10 this week, as the No.7Bulldogs had to launch a last-minute strike to force overtime and eventually eek out a 34-31 win against Tennessee.
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Elite male and female boxers from across the globe will descend on the nations capital for the event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. USA Boxing is working in partnership with Events DC and Destination D.C., to host the global tournament, which will feature eight squads, including three teams from the United States. Creating opportunities for our top athletes to gain experience against quality international opposition is of the utmost importance to USA Boxing right now. This major international tournament on our home turf will not only provide 60 of our elite men and women with valuable competition experience, but also showcase the incredible boxing talent we have here in the United States, said USA Boxing Executive Director Anthony Bartkowski. Washington, DC has a rich history of hosting major boxing events and with the return of the sport to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for the 2013 U.S. Grand Prix Invitational, we hope to ignite a renewed tradition of boxing in the District, said Erik A. Moses, managing director of Events DC’s Sports and Entertainment Division. What better way to showcase our nations up and coming boxing talent than with a weeklong competition between elite international boxers who are beginning their journey to the 2016 Olympics. Each of the eight squads will include 10 male and 10 female athletes as the top Olympic-style boxers in the world journey toward the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The U.S. Grand Prix is the first major international boxing event in the United States since the 2007 World Championships in Chicago and will mark the first-time a global boxing tournament featuring both male and female athletes takes place on American soil. The current roster of United States athletes is currently being finalized, but all of the top-ranked elite male and female boxers are scheduled to compete in Washington, D.C., including the Districts own flyweight national champion, Malik Jackson. In addition to the full roster of American boxers, the list of visiting nations will be announced soon.