The interest in boxing from pre teens hasn't grown as it did in the past!!
Boxing has always relied on its "stars" to be able to enlist the young generation to compete. Theres also fewer gyms in the inner cities than ever before. If theres no companies to back the gym and the grants are minimal or non exsisting the kids have no where to go!
The best young athletes in America are involved in Junior Football now also basketball is popular in the inner cities because you need a ball and a hoop on a court, boxing has way more demands as far as a trainer, facilities and then equipment!
As far as the main facility the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. was finished in 1979 (I think) and I was a team coach in 1980-81-82. The facility was fantastic at that time, how it measures up today I wouldn't know, thats over thirty years ago!
I know that the trainers participating then were some of the best the country had lead by Mr. Pat Nappi from Alb. N.M. who knew boxing inside and out! All the winners from the national tournys were invited (Golden Gloves/Silver Mittens/P.A.L (police athletic leaques), USA/ABF, Ohio State Fair.
I do believe the talent is still here because its been like that in this country since its inception but the emphasis is off boxing for sometime now!
Its always been owned by the refuges that have embraced the States since the beginning of the past century. The different ethnic groups participated in boxing and had their own distinctive eras. Theres still many new cultures arriving here but their not looking at the sport for salvation, the sport isn't avalible as it once was! Ray