Browne eager to claim his Olympic spot back

PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer Published:

FORT CARSON, Colo. (AP) -- As he pummels opponents inside the ring, Marcus Browne beats himself up outside of it for even being in this position.

The light heavyweight should be sitting on the sideline and taking in the bouts, not bobbing and weaving at the U.S. boxing national championships this week.

It's Browne's Olympic spot that his challengers are chasing after, the one he let slip from his grasp.

And that constant reminder only riles up Browne even more.

Browne captured his weight division at the Olympic trials last summer, putting him on the path to represent the U.S. at the 2012 London Games. All he had to do was finish high at the world championships and he was on his way.

But he didn't and surrendered his spot, leaving it up for grabs again.