After earning just one bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the U.S. Olympic men's boxing team will look for redemption this summer, while the women's boxing team look to earn the first gold medals in their sport's history history at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.
The biggest challenger for a gold medal this year on the men's side is flyweight (114 lb/52 kg) Rau'shee Warren. The three-time Olympian is in the best shape of his life, narrowly losing in the semifinals of the 2011 World Championships to Misha Aloyan before earning the bronze. Warren will have some stiff competition in Great Britian's Andrew Selby and Aloyan, but Warren looks like an almost sure shot to medal at this point.
Some other fighters looking to make run towards the medals include welterweight (152 lbs/69 kg) Errol Spence, bantamweight (123 lb/56 kg) Joseph Diaz, and lightweight (132 lb/60 kg) Jose Ramirez. While they are all outside shots to win the gold medal, they all have a really good shot at the bronze medal.
On the women's side, middleweight Cleressa Shields looks to be the heavy favorite in the middleweight (165 lb/75 kg) division. Shields' main competition will be Canada's Mary Spencer and Britian's Savannah Marshall.
The men's boxing will last from July 29-Aug 12, with the gold medal matches running from Aug 11-12. The women's boxing event will run from Aug 5-9, with the gold medal matches on Aug 9.