Night of the Olympians Nov. 9

By: Brandon Stubbs

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On November 9 we will see what could be the future of boxing when five members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team make their professional debut. What is dubbed as “The Night of the Olympians” will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions and will be seen Showtime. Also featured on the card will be 2008 Olympian Gary Russell Jr. who will look to continue to build upon his 20-0 career mark.


The plan going in to the summer games was that these fighters would exit with medals and a buzz surrounding them. Sadly neither of those happened and the team gave one of the poorest showings in team history. So each fighter will pretty much be starting from scratch in their pro career.


Dominic Breazeale may have the best chance to become a star out of the group even though he did lose in the opening round of 16. What helps him is he is a true heavyweight and the Americans are dying for a U.S. born champion to be crowned so look for him to get the biggest push out of them all.


Terrell Gausha is a solid middleweight, who showed flashes of power during his amateur career. He made it to the second round of the summer games and lost a very close and question fight.


Marcus Browne is a highly polished boxer/puncher Staten Island native. He is a three time New York City Golden Gloves Champion and doing so in two different weight classes. As a pro he plans to start his career at light-heavyweight. He also was knocked out in the opening round of the tournament.


Errol Spence is currently the number one welterweight in the amateurs. He was also a winner of three straight U.S. championships prior to the Olympics. Errol was the only team member to make it deep in the tournament advancing to the quarterfinals before exiting.


Rau’shee Warren is a true veteran of U.S. Olympic Boxing. He competed in three Olympic Games, the first boxer to do so for the U.S. and came up empty handed all three times. Granted he is only 25, the question will be has he already seen to many rounds before turning pro?


And for Russell, we are all waiting for him to step it up and take on top level competition and be more active. This fight with Vyacheslav Gusev (20-2,5KO) will only be his second sighting in 2012. Part of the blame could be placed upon his handlers, Golden Boy and manager Al Haymon who seem to be protecting him a bit too much. He has also had to deal with fights falling through, fight cards getting cancelled. Last year it looked like Gary would become a brand name in boxing like Adrien Broner has become, but instead he has taken steps back and will need to gain the world attention again.

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