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First six U.S. boxers qualify for Olympics

Ginny Fuchs

US Virginia Fuchs (L) and Colombia’s Ingrit Valencia compete during the Women’s Fly (48-51kg) Finals Bout of the Boxing competition of the Lima 2019 Pan-American Games at the Miguel Grau Coliseum in Callao on August 2, 2019. (Photo by CRIS BOURONCLE / AFP) (Photo credit should read CRIS BOURONCLE/AFP via Getty Images)

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Six U.S. boxers qualified for the Tokyo Olympics via world rankings after a North and South American selection tournament in Argentina was canceled.

Rashida Ellis, Ginny Fuchs, Naomi Graham, Oshae Jones, Delante Johnson and Richard Torrez Jr. were among 49 total boxers from North and South America awarded Olympic spots.

More U.S. boxers could be added to the Olympics after a European qualifier in early June. The U.S. has never had fewer than eight boxers at an Olympics to which it sent a team, according to

More U.S. boxers could have made it based on world rankings, including 2019 World silver medalist Keyshawn Davis, but turned professional during the pandemic.

This entire U.S. boxing team will be Olympic rookies.

Ellis, Fuchs and Graham all won world championships bronze medals in 2018 or 2019 and will look to follow Claressa Shields in winning Olympic gold. Shields turned professional after repeating in Rio.

Andre Ward was the last U.S. man to win an Olympic boxing title in 2004.

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