USA Olympic Boxing Squad MULTI SIGNED 2016 Rio De Janeiro team issued official tee shirt including silver medal standout Shakur Stevenson and 2x gold medallist Claressa Shields.
All team USA boxing Olympians have added there fighting weight category alongside there signatures whilst training at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center.
*Billy Walsh - Coach
*Mikaela Mayer - 132lbs
*Claressa Shields - T-Rex 165 #1
*Nico Hernandez - 49kg
*Antonio Vargas - 114lbs
*Shakur Stevenson - 56kg
*Carlos Balderas - 60kg
*Gary Russell - 141lbs
*Charles Conwell - 75lbs
Condition excellent - size L/XL
Mikaela Joslin Mayer (born July 4, 1990) is a professional boxer from Los Angeles, California. After participating in international tournaments as a member of Team USA for several years, on July 14, 2017, Top Rank announced she would be making her pro debut on the August 5 undercard of the Lomachenko vs Marriaga WBO super featherweight title fight.
Mayer represented the United States as part of Team USA in the women's 60 kg category at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She was eliminated in the quarterfinal by Russian Anastasia Belyakova, who took a majority decision.
*2016 AIBA Americas Qualifier: Gold Medallist, Lightweight 60 kg (132 lbs)
*2016 Olympic Trials Champion
*2015 USA Boxing National Champion 60 kg (132 lbs)
*2014 USA Boxing National Champion 60 kg (132 lbs)
*2012 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships: Bronze Medallist, Light welterweight 64 kg (141 lbs)
*2012 AMBC Continental Championships: Gold Medallist 64 kg (141 lbs)
*2012 USA Boxing National Champion 64 kg (141 lbs)
*2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials: Runner-Up 60 kg (132 lbs)
*2011 National Golden Gloves: Champion 60 kg (132 lbs)
After signing with Top Rank, Mayer made her debut on August 2017. She defeated Widnelly Figueroa by knockout in one round.
Claressa Maria Shields (born March 17, 1995), an American professional boxer who has held the unified WBC and IBF female super middleweight titles since August 2017.
As an amateur she won a gold medal in the women's middleweight division at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, making her the first American boxer, female or male, to win consecutive Olympic medals. Shields was the youngest boxer at the February 2012 U.S. Olympic trials, winning the event in the 165 lb (75 kg) middleweight division. In May, she qualified for the 2012 Olympics, the first year in which women's boxing was an Olympic event, and went to become the first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing.
Shields was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, where she was a high school junior in May 2012. She was introduced to boxing by her father, Bo Shields, who had boxed in underground leagues. Bo was in prison from the time Shields was two years old, and released when she was nine. After his release he talked to her about boxer Laila Ali, piquing her interest in the sport, although Bo nevertheless believed that boxing was a men's sport and refused to allow Shields to pursue it until she was eleven. At that time she began boxing at Berston Field House in Flint, where she met her coach and trainer, Jason Crutchfield.
Shields credits her grandmother with encouraging her to not accept restrictions based on her gender.
After winning two Junior Olympic championships Shields competed in her first open-division tournament, the National Police Athletic League Championships 2011; she won the middleweight title and was named top overall fighter as well as qualifying for the U.S. Olympic trials. At the trials in she defeated the reigning national champion, Franchon Crews, the 2010 World champion, Andrecia Wasson, and Pittsburgh's Tika Hemingway to win the middleweight class. In April 2011, she won her weight class at the Women's Elite Continental Championships in Cornwall, Ontario against three-time defending World champion Mary Spencer of Canada; she held an undefeated record of 25 wins and 0 losses at that point.
Following Shields' victory at the U.S. Olympic trials, it was initially reported that she would need only a top 8 finish at the 2012 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships in Qinhuangdao, China, in order to qualify for the 2012 Olympics.
On May 10, the day after the contest began but before Shields' first bout, a change to the rules was announced that meant Shields would need to place in the top two from the (North, Central, and South) American Boxing Confederation region of AIBA (AMBC). Shields won her first round, but suffered an upset loss in the second round on May 13 to Savannah Marshall of England, bringing Shields' record to 26-1. Her chances for qualification thus depended on Marshall's subsequent performance; after Marshall advanced to the middleweight finals on May 18, it was announced that Shields had earned an Olympic berth. She won a gold medal in the end, after beating Russian boxer Nadezda Torlopova 19–12.
In 2014, Shields won the World Championships and the following year, she became the first American to win titles in women's boxing at the Olympics and Pan American games. Shields won gold at the 2016 AMBC Olympic Qualifying tournament in Argentina. Later that year, she won the gold at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics by defeating Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands, the only American gold medallist in the team, and awarded the inaugural women's division of the Val Barker Trophy at the competition.
Her amateur boxing record was 78 wins (19 by knockout) and 1 loss.
In November 2016, Shields officially went pro. She won her first match, against Franchon Crews, by unanimous decision.
On March 10, 2017 she faced Szilvia Szabados for the North American Boxing Federation middleweight title, and won. This was the main event on ShoBox, with a regional title fight between Antonio Nieves and Nikolai Potapov serving as the co-main event. It was the first time a women's boxing bout was the main event on a United States premium network card.
On June 16, 2017, Shields headlined the "Detroit Brawl," facing Sydney LeBlanc in her first scheduled eight-round bout. LeBlanc signed on with three days notice, after Mery Rancier dropped out due to visa issues. Shields won the bout by decision after all eight rounds.
On August 4, 2017, Shields defeated defending champ Nikki Adler in Detroit for the WBC super-middleweight belt and the vacant IBF super-middleweight belt. The fight was on Showtime.
While growing up in Flint, Michigan, Shields was sexually abused by her mother's boyfriends. Shields was baptized at age 13 (two years after she began boxing) and began attending a local church. She found strength in her Christian faith and eventually left home. Now Shields prays before every fight, talks about God's plan for her life, and says, "All glory to God."
Shields attempted to adopt her cousin's daughter in 2014.
Shields is an ambassador for Up2Us Sports, a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting underserved youth by providing them with coaches trained in positive youth development.
Shields is the subject of the 2015 documentary "T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold." In 2016 Universal Pictures, a division of Comcast, which holds Olympic broadcast rights in the United States, acquired the rights to produce a film about her life story. Barry Jenkins is the screenwriter.
Shields will be acting in the Susan Seidelman-directed film Punch Me.
In 2017, Shields won the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Award for "Biggest Powerhouse."
Nico Hernández (born 4 January 1996) is an American, from Wichita, Kansas. He competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where won an Olympic Bronze Medal for the United States, in the Men's light flyweight division, the United States' first Olympic men's boxing medal since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Early Athletic Experiences
Hernandez's career was chiefly built on the relationship with two colleagues: his father, and his best friend. Hernandez was first introduced to boxing at the age of 9, by his father, Lewis, a truck driver in Wichita, Kansas, who later became his coach. The boy took a liking to boxing with his first encounter, then became an energetic young fighter, winning his first 25 fights, aggressively reaching for tougher, even older and bigger, opponents. Along with best friend Tony Losey, a troubled teen also coached (and rehabilitated) by Lewis, the two boys developed into competitive boxers, with aspirations of winning 2016 Olympic gold medals together (Losey rising to USA Boxing’s 3rd-place ranking among welterweights, and younger Hernandez winning gold at the National Junior Olympics in 2011 and 2012). They remained intensely involved with boxing, together—supporting each others' careers until 2014, when Losey died in an industrial accident.
At Wichita North High School, Hernandez also excelled in wrestling, eagerly taking on better and bigger opponents with a ferocity and endurance that shocked them, and his coach.
2016 Olympic Qualifications
Hernandez entered Boxing Qualification for the 2016 Summer Olympics. At the 2016 American Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he won the silver medal in the men's flyweight. He defeated Argentina’s Leandro Blanc in the semifinals to secure his place in the Olympic competition and advanced to the final to face Yuberjen Martinez of Colombia.
2016 Rio Olympics
Entering boxing at the 2016 summer Olympics, 20-year-old Hernandez, a virtual unknown in boxing weighed in at 108 pounds, entering the men's light flyweight division. Not expected to win, his unexpected Olympic victories created a stir in the boxing community. His USA Olympic boxing coach was Billy Walsh (though his life-long boxing coach had been his own father, Lewis Hernandez).
For the first time since 1980, protective headgear would not be worn by Olympic boxers during their matches. This would become a problem for Hernandez in his final fight.
Though not expected to beat Manuel Cappai of Italy, and starting off slowly in the first round, Hernandez found his strength in the second and third round, overwhelming Cappai, and winning.
In his second fight, Hernandez faced Russia's Vasili Egorov, silver medallist of the last World championship, and the defending European champion. Though again starting off slowly, Hernandez surprised his opponent, in the second and third rounds, with fast aggression, moving in close and overpowering Egorov, winning by unanimous decision of the judges.
In his third fight, this one for the Olympic bronze medal, he faced Carlos Quipo Pilataxi of Ecuador. Again starting slowly, he came from behind to win, again ensuring himself an Olympic medal, and startling the boxing World.
Fourth & Final Fight
In his fourth fight, the semi finals, for the Olympic silver medal he fought the Asian champion, Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan, Hernandez again started slowly, but this time could not make the come-from-behind win. One reporter suggested he had trouble figuring out Dusmatov's awkward, left-handed style. The smaller and quicker Dusmatov was the aggressor in the first round. An accidental head-butt gashed Hernadez, leading to a bloody face and briefly blurred vision; a doctor cleaned him up between rounds 2 and 3, but Hernandez did not rebound fully. And, in the third and final round, the referee interrupted the fight to have a doctor attend the cut. For the rest of the fight, Dusmatov mostly avoided Hernandez, backing away and keeping out of Hernandez's way. Hernández, by his own admission, "waited too long" for things to change.
After applauding his opponent's victory, Hernandez admitted fighting "his fight instead of my own," adding, "I let him come in and make the fight too wild and that’s how I lost." the judges unanimously credited the win to Dusmatov with scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.
Despite defeating Hernández for the Olympic Silver Medal, rival Dusmatov described the match as his own most difficult fight of the Olympics, up to that point, describing Hernández as a "champion," who is "really, really strong."
Hernandez was Wichita's first Olympic medallist since the 1984 team gold-medal wins of women's basketball star Lynette Woodard and men's volleyball athlete Marc Waldie and the first Wichitan to win an individual Olympic medal since runner Jim Ryun won silver in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.
Shortly after his Olympic victory, USA Today reported that Hernandez planned to turn to professional boxing after the 2016 Olympics. Hernandez's father, Lewis, resumed his role as Nico's head trainer and coach.
Hoping to replicate the hometown pro success of Omaha, Nebraska boxer Terrence Crawford, a unified junior welterweight champion. Hernandez initially sought to start with an undercard fight at a December 10, 2016 Crawford match in Omaha in a one-time event sponsored by promoter Top Rank. But the deal fell through.
Instead, like Crawford, Hernandez began his pro boxing career in and around his hometown starting in the Wichita area as a featured fighter for the new matches of the "Knockout Night Boxing" (KO Night Boxing, LLC) organization. His first two fights in 2017, at age 21 before thousands of fans at local arenas, and nationally televised by the CBS Sports Network, both ended in knockout victories for Hernandez.
First Pro Fight
Hernandez's first professional fight, March 25, 2017 (in front of 3,100 fans at the Kansas Star Arena of the Kansas Star Casino, near Wichita, and televised nationally by CBS Sports Network), was against Las Vegas novice pro Patrick Gutierrez, a junior bantamweight fighter who had lost his two previous pro matches, and passed up a third "easy fight" to instead challenge Olympic medallist Hernandez hoping that defeating Hernandez would gain him quick elevation to national prominence.
This was the first fight in which Hernandez had ever been scheduled for six rounds, and one of the few experiences he had ever had fighting without protective headgear (which had proven a problem for him at the 2016 Olympics).
Through four rounds, Hernandez exerted full control, attacking aggressively and rapidly. Hernandez also introduced a surprise move, which he'd never used before: body punching shots "going up the middle." He also switched briefly to left-handed blows. The fight ended in a technical knockout (TKO) of Gutierrez. Gutierrez, who had fought in heavier divisions, said he'd never before had his "bell rung like that" in any fight.
Second Pro Fight
Herndandez's second pro fight, June 17, 2017, in front of 2,000 boxing fans just outside Wichita at Hartman Arena in Park City, was initially broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network (until a storm knocked out communications).
His challenger was Mexico native Jose Rodriguez, 29. A novice flyweight boxer of Markesan, Wisconsin, with a 2-0 pro record (having knocked out his two winless previous challengers). Rodriguez was trained by Angel Manfredy, himself a successful lightweight boxer (43-8-1, 32 KOs) and four time World title challenger, who'd fought Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Diego Corrales and Stevie Johnston.
Rodriguez's pre-match public remarks, claiming Hernandez wouldn't go the distance, and promising to knock him out, reportedly infuriated Hernandez, who committed to "take him out." In the following match, Hernandez did exactly that, quickly, maintaining control of the furious fight with multiple knock downs of his opponent, ending in a third-round knockout.
Ernie Haines, Rodriguez’s trainer summarised "We ran into a hurricane tonight." Describing Hernandez as "the first person of this caliber" they'd ever encountered, Haines said, "He barbequed us."
CBS Sports Network's colour commentator for the fight, Sean Wheelock, said the bout demonstrated that Hernandez, in a fight, "is a phenomenal power puncher,” recalling Hernandez's previous fight showing "he just rips the body." Wheelock summarized the two bouts as showing "an evolution in Nico," projecting it would be "a rapid evolution,” with potential power at fighting weights up to 135 pounds.
Name: Antonio Vargas
Weight Class: Flyweight
Height: 5-5 1/2
Weight: 114 lbs
*2016 U.S. OLYMPIAN
Other Career Highlights
*WORLD OLYMPIC QUALIFYING EVENT SILVER MEDALLIST
*U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS CHAMPION
*2015 PAN AMERICAN GAMES GOLD MEDALLIST
*2015 USA BOXING NATIONAL CHAMPION
*2015 USA BOXING ELITE MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
*2013 YOUTH OPEN CHAMPION
Antonio is living the dream his father Jose had for him by competing in the Olympic Games. His girlfriend Melody is also a boxer. His teammates gave him the nickname "No Respect" for his refusal to be intimidated by any opponent he faces no matter their resume. His Christian faith is extremely important to him and is both a grounding and driving force in his life.
Antonio's Road to Rio wasn't easy as he suffered losses at both the Olympic Trials and first international qualifier but he bounced back strong from both losses to clinch his spot on the Olympic Team.
Shakur Stevenson (born June 28, 1997) is an American professional boxer who competes in the featherweight division.
As an amateur, Stevenson represented the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics, winning a silver medal in the bantamweight division.
A native of Newark, New Jersey, Stevenson is the oldest of nine siblings. He took up boxing age five under his grandfather Wali Moses and cites Andre Ward as his influence.
Stevenson had a very successful career at the Youth Level, winning the 2014 AIBA Youth World Championships and 2014 Youth Olympic Games. In 2015 he won the Senior US Olympic Trials, thus qualifying for the US boxing team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. In Rio, Stevenson won a silver medal, losing to Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba in the gold medal match. He was the highest-medalling male for the USA (Claressa Shields won gold on the women's side). Despite the loss to Ramirez, Stevenson was dubbed "the next Mayweather" by Floyd Mayweather Jr. himself.
Stevenson turned professional on February 9, 2017 signing a promotional contract with Top Rank. He signed Andre Ward as his manager.
Bob Arum told The Ringtv that Stevenson would likely make his debut on a stacked card at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on April 22, 2017. Stevenson showed of his quickness, defence and punching skills as he won his first professional fight against American boxer Edgar Brito. Stevenson won via fifth round technical decision. Brito was cut on the left eye after an accidental headbutt in round 2. In round 3, he was deducted a point for intentionally headbutting Stevenson. From his own intentional headbutts, Brito suffered a cut over his right eye. The ringside physician stopped the bout. Stevenson was ahead on all three judges scorecards and won every round.
In an official press release on May 3, it was confirmed that Stevenson would make his Madison Square Garden debut on undercard of the Crawford vs Díaz World light welterweight championship fight on May 20, 2017. His opponent was announced as Argentine boxer Carlos Suarez (6-3-2, 1 KO).
Stevenson won the bout after 2 minutes and 35 seconds of the first round. Suarez was knocked down before the stoppage. Stevenson's third bout took place at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska, again on the undercard of Terrence Crawford, this time his unification fight against Julius Indongo on August 19, 2017. Stevenson fought his second straight Argentine opponent, David Michel Paz (4-3) in a scheduled six-round fight. Stevenson easily outpointed Paz over 6 rounds winning 60-53 on all three scorecards. In round 5, Paz was knocked down following a straight left. Stevenson seemed comfortable and patient in letting the fight go the distance.
Carlos Balderas Jr. (born August 24, 1996) is an American boxer who has qualified to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Balderas was born on August 24, 1996 in Santa Maria, CA. He was the first member of his family to be born in the United States; his grandfather first came to California, leaving his wife and children behind in Oaxaca, Mexico, to work in strawberry fields, eventually earning the money to move the rest of the family to the United States. Whilst growing up in Santa Maria, California, Balderas was first taken to a boxing gym as a punishment for fighting in the streets with his friends and getting suspended from school. His older brother Jose is also a boxer.
Balderas is coached by his father Zenon and his uncle David.
At the 2015 Pan American Games held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Balderas boxed in the men's lightweight event. He received a bye to the quarterfinals where he was defeated by Lindolfo Delgado of Mexico. Balderas represented the USA Knockouts in the World Series of Boxing (WSB). In 2015 he took part in five bouts, defeating Fabio Introvaia of Italy, Dawid Michelus of Poland, Brian Nunez of Argentina and Adrian Javier Martinez Morales of Puerto Rico but losing to Azerbaijan's Albert Selimov. In 2016 he won his first two bouts against Lindolfo Delgado and Moroccan Hamza Rabii.
He qualified for the men's lightweight event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Brazil via his results in the WSB where he won the gold medal in his elite division and was named Outstanding Boxer of the event. Balderas was given his Olympic allocation by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) after two of the athletes ahead of him in the final WSB rankings instead qualified for the Olympics through the 2015 World Championships. Balderas won his first two Olympic matches but lost in the quarterfinals to Cuban finalist Lázaro Álvarez . On April 9, 2017, he won his pro debut by first round TKO.
Name: Gary Antuanne Russell
Weight: Class: Light Welterweight
Weight: 141 lbs
Hometown: Capitol Heights, Maryland
*2016 U.S. OLYMPIAN
Other Career Highlights
*2016 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS CHAMPION
*2014 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES CHAMPION
Personal: Gary is the second Olympian in his family, his brother Gary Russell, Jr., was a 2008 U.S. Olympian in boxing. He's one of four brothers in his family to box and they are they first family of four brothers to all win the National Golden Gloves. All five of his brothers are named Gary after their father Gary Russell, Sr., who trains four of his sons. He was the valedictorian of high school class.
Charles Conwell (Cleveland, Ohio), the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team, fell in his Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro. Conwell faced off with returning Olympian Krishan Vikas of India in middleweight preliminary competition.
The two boxers opened slowly as they each looked to find openings and pick their shots over the first three minutes. The pair started mixing it up more in the final 60 seconds of the round and Conwell landed a strong combination in the final 30 seconds of the bout. Conwell came out quicker in the second round of action, landing strong straight shots and connecting with an eye catching combination midway through the round.
He entered the third round down two rounds of two of the judges’ scorecards and came out firing away as the final stanza opened. Vikas moved early and often in the last round and despite Conwell’s aggression in the third, the Indian boxer took a 3-0 decision in the bout.
“I thought I pulled out the victory. He’s a good competitor, a good tough guy but I thought I did enough to pull it out. I can always do better. I’m a fighter so I’m used to going out there and trying to get the feel and go off the momentum of the fight,” Conwell said. “I wish nothing but the best to my opponent and I hope he keeps pulling out victories.”
Conwell graduated from Cleveland Heights High School and spent much of his senior year away from home for competitions and training camps. Although his Olympic run ended sooner than he hoped, Conwell looks forward to returning home to Cleveland and awaiting what’s next. “I’m going to go back and enjoy time with family and friends. I’ve been gone for so long so I want to back and enjoy time with them,” he said. “Whatever happens, happens. I’m still going to be training and still working hard, grinding to come back and come harder.”
Conwell earned his berth on the U.S. Olympic Team with gold medals at the U.S. Olympic Trials in December and Americas Qualifier in March. Despite his intense travel and training schedule, Conwell managed to graduate on time in June.
Conwell is the second American boxer Vikas has faced in the last two Olympic Games. Vikas initially won his bout over 2012 Olympian and current professional contender Errol Spence Jr. before the bout was overturned in London and Spence was reinstated.
Billy Walsh Named World Boxing Coach Of The Year
An emotional Billy Walsh paid tribute to his former coach Eddie Byrne and to his late father, Liam Walsh, as he was named AIBA Coach of the Year in Montreaux last night.
The former Ireland head coach took charge of Team USA ahead of the Rio Olympics and guided his boxers to gold, silver and bronze at the 2016 Games.
And Walsh was recognised for the remarkable job that he has done with a resurgent USA team, who secured their first male boxing medals since 2008, as Shakur Stevenson and Nico Hernandez won silver and bronze respectively, while Claressa Shields took gold in the women’s middleweight division.
Speaking at the AIBA’s 70th anniversary celebrations in Switzerland on Tuesday, Walsh said: "I'm deeply honoured, and shocked as well, to receive this award.
“Growing up as a seven-year-old, I never thought I’d be standing here today, receiving this award.
“In the working class estate where I come from, there was one man who was a boxing coach. And he brought me, from a seven-year-old to a 25-year-old, to the Olympic Games. So I'm very, very thankful for that man, Eddie Byrne.
“And I'd like to dedicate this award to a man who taught me everything, my late father Liam Walsh.”
Walsh also acknowledged his “new family”, USA boxing in his acceptance speech, while also pointing out that the caption on the tribute video should have read ‘USA’ instead of ‘IRL’.
“They have me down as 'IRL', that should probably be 'USA', actually. But it's a great tribute to the system I come from, and that's Ireland.
“We are working hard to put USA boxing back at the top of the AIBA table to dine with the best teams in the World.”