The most important local event in the United States of America, the National Olympic Trials, finished in Mobile on August 3.
In the first final on the last competition day teenager Eros Correa of San Jose shocked the best US light flyweight boxer AIBA Cadet World Championships bronze medalist 21-year-old Louie Byrd from Denver. Their hectic battle ended in a 25:25 tie but Correa was adjudicated the winner and claimed the gold medal, while US National Champion David Carlton exited in the quarter-final stage.
Former AIBA World Champion and two-time Olympian Rau'shee Warren from Cincinatti has the chance to qualify for his third Olympic Games after winning the flyweight division in Mobile. The best US boxer defeated newcomer Shawn Simpson by 34:20 to qualify for the upcoming AIBA World Championships.
Californian teenager Joseph Diaz, who is the defending US National Champion in the bantamweight class, advanced to the final after beating Luis Feliciano and followed that magnificent performance by beating O'Shanique Foster in the final.
Another Californian gold medal was secured by US National Champion 18-year-old lightweight Jose Ramirez, who defeated Cleveland-based WSB boxer and Beijing Olympian Raynell Williams in another extremely close contest where the final verdict was 18:17 to the young Ramirez.
In the light welterweight class World Military Games silver medalist 26-year-old Jamal Herring of Camp Lejeune also had a hectic final against former US National Champion Pedro Sosa from New York. Their spectacular final finished 14:13 - Herring's career best performance.
Top welterweight boxer two-time National Champion 21-year-old Errol Spence from Texas stopped his rivals and finally triumphed over Amir Imam by 19:12 to secure his ticket to Baku.
US National Champion and US National Golden Gloves winner 22-year-old Jesse Hart from Philadelphia competed in his original middleweight category in Mobile and nobody could beat him during the Trials. Hart won the middleweight final against new surprise package Antoine Douglas by 14:8, while AIBA Cadet World Championships bronze medalist Luis Arias secured only the bronze medal in Mobile.
US National PAL Champion 21-year-old Marcus Browne of Staten Island caused another surprise at the National Trials when he triumphed over US National Championships silver medalist Jerry Odom from Bowie, Maryland by 30:26 in the light heavyweight class while top favourite Jeffrey Spencer was eliminated in the semi-final.
Top heavyweight fighter Michael Hunter from Las Vegas beat former National Champion, Michigan-based 23-year-old Jordan Shimmell by 23:8. Two-time US National Champion Lenroy Thompson from Kansas beat his old rival Laron Mitchell on their re-match at the quarter-final stage of the Trials. Thompson advanced to the super heavyweight final where he defeated Andrew Shepherd by 15:9 and secured his chance to qualify for his first Olympic Games
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