The CNBC video logger is the only one around who's seen all the fights.
When the Games began, he needed a guide to ID all the boxers' faces in the B roll, so I gave him a Ring magazine spread on team USA. I went down the other day and the pages were taped to the wall.
This was the worst Olympics in history for American amateur boxing. The big guys exited early, all first-round losses.
Super heavy Breazeale got spanked by a big Russian, and heavyweight Hunter faded and lost on a tiebreak. Marcus Browne, of Atlas Cops and Kids, lost the battle of wills with a thuggish Australian.
Middleweight Terrel Gausha stopped an Armenian in his first match and got robbed in the round of sixteen.
Welterweight Errol Spence was still alive when I took this picture. That night he would get outworked by a Russian with a good amateur pedigree. He was the only American to make it to the quarters.
Light welterweight Jamel Herring was out of his depth.
Jose Ramirez was a slow starter. He squeaked by a Frenchman, then lost to an Uzbek. Rau'shee Warren choked. Only bantamweight Joseph Diaz left it all in the ring. Jo Jo had bad luck and drew a Cuban for his second fight, a slick lefty who liked to move. He could have had bronze or silver with a different draw.
It would suck to be an American boxing fan if it weren't for the ladies. Flyweight Marlen Esparza (L) went out fighting, snagging bronze, and middleweight Claressa Shields (R) was splendid winning USA Boxing's only gold. Just seventeen, she's the youngest Olymic champion in boxing history since sixteen-year-old featherweight Jackie Fields won gold in 1924 Paris.
Here's hoping 2016 will be better, with more financial support, more Olympic weights for the women, consistent coaching, and scandal-free leadership. The US grows brave, classy boxers. We need to take better care of them.