LONDON (AP) — Four years after USA Boxing hit a new low in Beijing, a revitalized American team is ready to punch back.
With a cool mix of veteran leadership and rising contenders of both sexes, the Americans will field the largest squad at the London Olympics. Nine men qualified in 10 weight classes, while women qualified in all three weights for their first Olympic boxing tournament.
Yet those cold numbers don't reflect the fundamental differences between the squabbling Beijing squad that managed just one bronze medal and the cohesive, supportive unit that went through a team workout Thursday at a Leyton gym on the eve of the games.
Flyweight Rau'shee Warren says, "It's all different than it was before."
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