Found August 06, 2012 on ROUND1MAG:

By Alexander Neely

No boxing event feels complete without a pinch or spoonful of controversy and, in that regard, the London 2012 Summer Olympics has yet to disappoint.

The U.S. men’s boxing team appeared done at the summer games, but all that changed this weekend when amateur boxing’s governing body decided to overturn Errol Spence’s loss to Indian-welterweight Krishan Vikas.

Hours after Vikas seemingly clutched and grabbed his way to a 13-11 victory; the International Amateur Boxing Association reviewed and overturned the fight giving Spence the opportunity to fight on.

The Dallas-native will advance into the quarterfinals to face Russia’s Andrey Zamkovoy on Tuesday.

All eyes within the boxing community will seemingly be on Spence this Tuesday, as a loss would result in the U.S. men’s boxing team leaving the Olympics with no medals for the first time ever.

In case you are not familiar with Spence – the only man who can save America from complete international boxing obscurity – allow him to introduce himself.

If the most we gain out of America’s contribution to boxing in the 2012 Olympics is a video that produces automatic chicken-skin; well, then I can live with that.

This past weekend – August 4 to be exact – was the birthday of heavyweight contender and New York-native Gerry Cooney. Born in 1956, Cooney was known for his blue-collar boxing which he demonstrated in classic bouts with Larry Holmes and Ken Norton. Happy birthday to Gentleman Gerry!

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