The USA is boxing clever, choosing Bolton as its home for its Pre-Olympic Games Boxing Training Camp.
The 12 competing boxers arrived in Bolton on Sunday, 15 July to train for nine days before jetting off to compete in the Olympics - the team is the largest at the Games and is supported by a number of sparring partners, coaches and support staff.
The boxers include three women that are competing in the first ever women’s Olympic Boxing event.
Bolton was one of several venues which the team considered for their training base and there was stiff competition from several other locations in the UK.
During their stay, they will be doing boxing training at Amir Khan’s Gloves Gym, building their strength and conditioning at David Lloyd and track running at Bolton Arena.
Councillor Christopher Peacock, Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Sport said: “We are delighted that the USA team chose to base themselves in Bolton which is a testament to the quality of facilities that are available for athletes in the borough.
“I am sure the whole of Bolton will give them a warm welcome and will wish them a very happy stay and successful Games.”
Amir Khan, commented: “It’s a big honour to have the US boxing team here at the gym. I’ve put a lot into making sure the facilities are second to none - so it should be the perfect environment to prepare for the Games. The Olympics is something that means a lot to me especially having been there and experienced what these guys are going through, so it’s nice to be able to give something back in my way.
“Obviously come the Games time I’ll be cheering on the GB boxers, but I wish the US Team the very best of luck – they have some bright prospects and you never know, a new boxing star might be born at London 2012.”
USA Boxing Executive Director Anthony Bartkowski added: "The 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team is looking forward to holding this final pre-Olympic Games training camp in Bolton and working with the outstanding staff members at all of the facilities to ensure Team USA is fully prepared for the Olympic Games.
“The squad arrived Sunday to a warm welcome, and is enjoying the first class treatment they are receiving. We greatly appreciate the tremendous efforts of Bolton Council and Premiere Consultancy in creating this fantastic atmosphere for Team USA."
Team USA has the largest delegation of boxers at the 2012 Olympic Games with nine men and three women.
The 2012 Olympic Games marks the Olympic debut of women’s boxing with three weight classes being contested. The United States has qualified all three women’s spots.