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Boxers from Alhambra and S El Monte out of Olympics

It was a sad day for the San Gabriel Valley's Olympic contingent.

Dominic Breazeale, a former Alhambra quarterback who represented Team USA in heavyweight boxing, fell behind early in a brutal match to Russia's Magomed Omarov which he lost 19-8.

"Playing the catch-up game is tough at this level," Breazeale, 27, said, according to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. The Northern Colorado graduate only began training 3 1/2 years ago, after not making it to the NFL draft. Instead, he was recruited to box at a Carson gym called "The Rock" and quickly climbed the ranks as a super heavyweight. "I'm learning, definitely, from this experience," Breazeale said. "The trainers did a great job. Every time I came back to the corner, they said, `Stick to the game plan.' It's my fault, not sticking to the game plan. In the middle of a bout, you can't second-guess yourself."

Bantamweight Joseph Diaz, Jr., of South El Monte, fell to Cuban World Champion Lazaro Alvarez Estrada 21 – 15. The third US heavyweight boxer, Michael Hunter of Las Vegas, also lost.

The Los Angeles Times sports writer Bill Plaschke, in a column "US Boxing Heavyweights Come Away Battered," blamed poor coaching and that American heavyweight athletes are more attracted to the NBA or NFL where they earn millions — and do not get punched.

Breazeale, Diaz, and Hunter will likely turn pro in the fall, according to the Bulletin.

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1 thought on “Boxers from Alhambra and S El Monte out of Olympics”

  1. Congratulations to these young men on their outstanding accomplishment. To have participated in the Olympics representing the USA is a dream of many, achieved by a select few.

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