At last week's Olympic Box-offs in Mashantucket, Conn., 12 fighters earned spots on the U.S. team. Here's a brief tale of the tape on one of the strongest American squads in years.
LIGHT FLYWEIGHT (106 pounds)
Brian Viloria, Waipahu, Hawaii
Blindingly quick and packs a juicy Hawaiian punch
Jose Navarro, Los Angeles
1999 Pan Am Games silver medalist is brother of 21-1 pro Carlos
Clarence Vinson, Washington, D.C.
Two-time U.S. flyweight champion bulked up to 119 pounds
Ricardo Juarez, Houston
Even with pro-style body-punching attack, won 1999 world championship
Marshall Martinez, Fontana, Calif.
Good bet to emulate training partner Oscar De La Hoya with medal at 132
LIGHT WELTERWEIGHT (139)
Ricardo Williams, Cincinnati
Unrelenting southpaw was USA Boxing's 1998 Athlete of the Year
Dante Craig, Cincinnati
Made team with upset of trials champ Larry Mosley (Shane's second cousin)
LIGHT MIDDLEWEIGHT (156)
Jermain Taylor, Little Rock
Strong pro prospect has big right hand and forces the action
Jeff Lacy, St. Petersburg
At 5'11", showed heart in beating 6'5" Arthur Palac in the Box-offs