LONDON -- U.S. boxers Rau'shee Warren, Marlen Esparza and Claressa Shields will all have to wait a bit longer than the rest of team to begin their Olympic experience after receiving first-round byes when the draw was conducted Friday.
However, that's not the case for bantamweight Joseph Diaz Jr. of South El Monte, who will get the Olympic tournament started Saturday when he meets Pavlo Ishchenko of the Ukraine. The U.S. has won five silver medals in the 56-kilo (124 pounds) category, more than any country at that weight. And the last nine winners in that class were 25 or younger, a good omen for the teenager Diaz.
Terrel Gausha of Cleveland will also fight Saturday, taking on Armenia'sAndranik Hakobyan in the middleweight category. The the U.S. has won five goals all-time at 165 pounds.
On Sunday lightweight Jose Ramirez (Avenal, Calif.) will faceFrance's Rachid Azzedine, and Errol Spence (DeSoto, Texas) will boxBrazil's Myke Carvalho de Ribeiro.