Avenal's Ramirez takes the final step toward punching his trip to London. (Team Ramirez)
A total of 38 Olympic berths will be spread across ten weight classes. Nations from North, Central, and South America will compete for them. Out of the 10 members in Team USA, three have already qualified by reaching the quarterfinals of last year’s AIBA World Championships (flyweight Rau’shee Warren, bantamweight Joseph Diaz Jr., and welterweight Errol Spence Jr.).
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Region 11's Jose Ramirez (King's Gym, Avenal) is America's lightweight representative.
“He's been working hard for this all his life, and now it's time for him to make that final step," said Ramirez' coach, Armando Mancinas. "I have no doubt that he's ready for whatever challenges arise in Brazil."
Per USA Boxing’s Julie Goldsticker, here is the current qualification status for each member of the team:
LIGHT FLYWEIGHT/108 LBS.:
Santos Vazquez (Sparks, NV) – Needs Top 3 Finish
Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, OH) – Already Qualified Through 2011 World Championships
Joseph Diaz Jr. (S. El Monte, CA) – Already Qualified Through 2011 World Championships
Jose Ramirez (Avenal, CA) – Needs Top 4 Finish
LIGHT WELTERWEIGHT/141 LBS.:
Jamel Herring (Coram, NY) – Needs Top 5 Finish
Errol Spence Jr. (DeSoto, TX) – Already Qualified Through 2011 World Championships
Terrell Gausha (Cleveland, OH) – Needs Top 5 Finish
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT/178 LBS.:
Marcus Browne (Staten Island, NY) – Needs Top 4 Finish
Michael Hunter (Las Vegas, NV) – Needs Top 3 Finish
SUPER HEAVYWEIGHT/201+ LBS.:
Dominic Breazeale (Alhambra, CA) – Needs Top 3 Finish
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