"As a whole, they have to do a better job of getting things lined up. These other countries are getting their team together and preparing 2 years out. We are more like 2 months out, and as you see, that's not cutting it," stated world-class trainer Naazim Richardson, who elaborated on his opinion why the U.S. Men's Olympic Boxing team performed so poorly this year at the 2012 Olympic Games. According to Richardson, the entire system deserves the brunt of the blame as opposed to the actual athletes and coaches.
That being said, Richardson is also of the opinion that the mindset of the fighters is not the same as it used to be in the past. "I hear these guys are on Twitter and Facebook talking pro this and pro that and they have bouts the next morning. See, we are in this microwave era and these kids want it now. But if they look at a guy like Andre Ward and see the dedication that Andre Ward put in to get that Gold medal, it will make them a better pro," Richardson continued. "Andre Ward is a great pro because he learned what it took to win Gold and that carried over. These guys today don't want to wait out the process to win Gold. They want everything that comes along with being a pro right now."
It was definitely a disappointing year for the Men's U.s. Olympic Boxing Team. A lot more will have to be done between now and 2016 to rectify the situation, and adding a Hall of Fame trainer to simply "assist" during a short period of time is not going to solve the problem.