Keyshawn Davis, Troy Isley and Duke Ragan join US Olympic boxing team
The United States team had previously only announced six fighters – male and female – for its Tokyo 2020 (2021) boxing team, but bolstered it with three young professional prospects, all of whom were originally due be part of the team if the Olympics were last. year as expected.
Lightweight Keyshawn Davis, middleweight Troy Isle and featherweight Duke Ragan are now fully confirmed to join the team, according to USA Boxing.
Davis, 22, was considered by many to be Team USA’s best prospect for a men’s gold since Andre Ward in 2004, and could still be. He’s 3-0 (2 KOs) since turning pro in February, fighting on the Canelo-Yildirim, Herring-Frampton and Canelo-Saunders charts.
“This opportunity started out nonexistent,” Davis said. “So, to see myself here again, I learned that fate is not determined by any man, it has only one goal that time will reveal. I am proud to be an Olympian.
Isley, 22, turned pro on February 13, fighting on Top Rank’s Commey-Marinez card in Las Vegas, and Ragan, 23, (4-0, 1 KO) turned pro last August. Isley and Ragan are both signed with Top Rank.
“I feel like my eight-year-old dream has finally come true,” Isley said. “Two years ago I thought it was over, but I still prayed and hoped for the best and hoped for another opportunity and God gave it to me.”
“This is something that I have always dreamed of since I was little and when I got the call I was stunned, and to this day I have not found the words to explain what I feel, ”Ragan said. “I am very grateful for this opportunity, and I wanted to thank God and especially thank my dad, because he was my 2017-2019 coach and it might never have been possible without him making the sacrifices that he did for me, as well as a thank you to USA Boxing. It is a pleasure to represent USA Boxing at the 2020 Olympics. ”
“We are delighted to have these three back on the team and to travel with us to Tokyo,” said USA Boxing high performance director Matt Johnson. “Each has been a vital part of our program for the past four years, and their performances during that time have given them this opportunity to represent the United States at the Games. We look forward to them taking the opportunity and doing their part to put Team USA back on top of the podium this summer. ”
The full team of Team USA:
- Richard Torrez Jr, super heavyweight
- Troy Isley, middleweight
- Delante Johnson, welterweight
- Keyshawn Davis, lightweight
- Duke Ragan, featherweight
- Naomi Graham, middleweight (team captain)
- Oshae Jones, welterweight
- Rashida Ellis, lightweight
- Ginny Fuchs, flyweight