A New Class of National Champions is Crowned at the 2010 USA Boxing National Championships

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – A full week of boxing culminated in the coronation of 20 new national champions at the 2010 USA Boxing National Championships in Colorado Springs on Saturday. The roster of 2010 National Champions includes several veterans and returning champions as well as first time winners of the event. Two-time Olympian and 2007 World Champion Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) regained his national champion status at his new 114 pound weight class after a disappointing third place finish at the 2009 event. Warren defeated reigning light flyweight champion Miguel Cartagena (Philadelphia, Pa.) by second round retirement in their championship round face-off on Saturday..

Two-time national champion Louie Byrd (Denver, Colo.) claimed his third straight title by defeating 2004 Olympic alternate Diego Hurtado (Sparks, Nev.) by a 31-15 margin in the new 108-pound weight class championship bout.

On the women’s side, four-time light flyweight national champion Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) carried her success into the flyweight division, defeating Tyriesha Douglas (Baltimore, Md.), 15-7, in the championship bout. Esparza is the first flyweight champion in the event following the IOC decision to allow women’s boxing into the 2012 Olympics. In addition to the flyweight division, the lightweight and middleweight classes will be contested in London.

A second veteran claimed the lightweight title as three-time light welterweight champion Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) moved down a division to win her fourth straight national title. Underwood defeated reigning lightweight champion Patricia Manuel (Gardena, Calif.) to win her fourth straight national championship.

Former light heavyweight national champion Tiffanie Hearn (Louisville, Ky.) won the final women’s Olympic weight class championship, taking a 9-2 victory over Lisbet Vargas (Hillsboro, Ore.) in the middleweight final round bout.

Two reigning welterweight champions defended their crowns on Saturday. Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas) was the third male defending champion to reclaim his crown in 2010, defeating former junior star Alex Martin (Joilet, Ill.) by a 4-1 margin on paper scoring to retain the welterweight title. Women’s welterweight champion Andrecia Wasson (Centerline, Mich.) defeated Latarisha Fountain (Lindenhurst, N.Y.), 8-6 to win her second straight title.

2008 National Champions Luis Arias (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Lenroy Thompson (Lenexa, Kan.) each returned to the top of the medal stand in 2010, winning the middleweight and super heavyweight crowns respectively. Arias defeated 2009 USA Boxing National Championships silver medalist Jesse Hart (Philadelphia, Pa./NMU) by the slimmest of margins, winning a 9-8 total punch count tiebreaker after the bout ended in a 4-4- tie. Thompson won his second national championship with an 8-5 victory over Danny Kelly (Washinton DC).

The U.S. Army’s Jeffrey Spencer (Fort Carson, Colo.) won his first USA Boxing National Championship with a 10-9 upset win over defending national champion Robert Brant (Oakdale, Minn.). Heavyweight Steve Geffrard (Boca Raton, Fla.) followed suit, winning a 15-6 victory over former light heavyweight national champion Siju Shabazz (Las Cruces, N.M.) for his first national championship.

Tyler Lord-Wilder (Lansing, Mich.) won the battle of former champions in women’s light heavyweight action, defeating Tika Hemingway (Bethel, Pa.), by a 9-2 margin.

Featherweight Joseph Diaz, Jr. (Elmonte, Calif.), lightweight Jose Ramirez (Avenal, Calif.), and light welterweight Pedro Sosa (Bronx, N.Y.) all won their first USA Boxing National Championships with final round victories in Colorado Springs as well.

In women’s action, light flyweight Jessica Ponce (Napa, Calif.), bantamweight Lauren Fisher (Indiana, Pa.), featherweight Jody Ann Weller (Pomona, N.Y.), light welterweight Cashmere Jackson (Cleveland, Ohio), and heavyweight Denise Rico (Los Angeles, Calif.) all earned 2010 USA Boxing National Championships.

2010 USA Boxing National Champions

108 lbs: Louie Byrd, Denver, Colo.
114 lbs: Rau’shee Warren, Cincinnati, Ohio
123 lbs: Joseph Diaz Jr., Elmonte, Calif.
132 lbs: Jose Ramirez, Avenal, Calif.
141 lbs: Pedro Sosa, Bronx, N.Y.
152 lbs: Errol Spence, Desoto, Texas
165 lbs: Luis Arias, Milwaukee, Wis.
178 lbs: Jeffrey Spencer, Fort Carson, Colo.
201 lbs: Steve Geffard, Boca Raton, Fla.
201+ lbs: Lenroy Thompson, Lenexa, Kansas

106 lbs: Jessica Ponce, Napa, Calif.
112 lbs: Marlen Esparza, Houston, Texas
119 lbs: Lauren Fisher, Indiana, Pa.
125 lbs: Jody Ann-Weller, Pomona, N.Y.
132 lbs: Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash.
141 lbs: Cashmere Jackson, Cleveland, Ohio
152 lbs: Andrecia Wasson, Centerline, Mich.
165 lbs: Tiffanie Hearn, Louisville, Ky.
178 lbs: Tyler Lord-Wilder, Lansing, Mich.
178 + lbs: Denise Rico, Los Angeles, Calif.

Consolation Bout Action is Contested at the USA Boxing Nationals in Colorado Springs

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – While the USA Boxing National Championships finalists enjoying a rest day in Colorado Springs, their semifinal round opponents faced off in third place consolation bouts on Friday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.

Yet the spotlight will return to the championship round contenders on Saturday as they face off in final round action at the Crowne Plaza hotel. The seven women’s non-Olympic weight classes will kick off at 4 p.m., and the night of Olympic weight divisions, featuring the 10 men’s bout and women’s flyweight, lightweight and middleweight classes will begin at 7 p.m.

Full bout sheets for Saturday’s action are attached.

Friday, July 16 – Consolation Bout Results

106 lbs/Female: Corina Ishikawa, Ewa Beach, Hawaii, won on walk over Natalie Martinez, Las Cruces, N.M., W/O
108 lbs: Santos Vasquez, Sparks, Nev., dec. Erros Correa, San Jose, Calif., 24-23
112 lbs/Female: Cynthia Moreno, Phoenix, Ariz., dec. Alex Love, Monroe, Wash., 12-8
114 lbs: John Franklin, Fort Carson, Colo., stopped Adam Lopez, San Antonio, Texas, RSC-3 (2:35)
119 lbs/Female: Karla Herrera, Los Angeles, Calif., dec. Rosa Rodriguez, Miami, Fla., 18-13
123 lbs: Roman Morales, San Ando, Calif., dec. Toka Kahn Clary, Providence, R.I., 10-9
125 lbs/Female: Shanne’ Ruelas, Fresno, Calif., won on walkover over, Alexandria Cardenas, San Antonio, Texas, W/O
132 lbs: Duran Caferro, Helena, Mont., won on walkover over Tommy Roques, Camp Lejeune, N.C., W/O
132 lbs/Female: Caroline Barry, Fort Carson, Colo., won on walkover over Stephanie Han, San Antonio, Texas, W/O
141 lbs: Abel Ramos, Eloy, Ariz., won on walkover over Adam Castillo, Lubbock, Texas, W/O
141 lbs/Female: Stephanie Taylor, West Hills, Calif., dec. Brittany Inkrote, Red Lion, Pa., 5-3
152 lbs/Female: Tiffanie Ward, Hacienda Heights, Calif., dec. Jennifer Duea, Bend, Ore., 24-9
152 lbs: Luis Olivares, Jr., Glendale, Ariz., dec. Shakor Jackson, Newark, N.J., 13-11
165 lbs: Daquan Arnett, Orlando, Fla., dec. D’Mitrius Ballard, Temple Hills, Md., 11-7
165 lbs/Female: Alyssa DeFazio, Peoria, Ariz., won on walkover over Tara Wood, Dania, Fla., W/O
178 lbs: Marquice Weston, Tacoma, Wash., dec. Caleb Plant, Ashland City, Texas, 29-20
201 lbs: Joshua Temple, St. Louis, Mo., won on walkover over Pernell Mitchell, Melbourne, Fla., W/O
201+ lbs: Juan Goode, Canton, Mich., dec. O’Jayland Brown, Sacramento, Calif., 19-7

USA Boxing Elects a New Board of Directors

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – In addition to crowning 20 new national champions, USA Boxing’s membership selected seven new Board of Directors members at the recent USA Boxing National Championships in Colorado Springs.

Long-time member and former Board of Directors representative Hal Adonis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was elected as the President and Chairman of the Board. Adonis previously served in the at-large position on the USA Boxing Board of Directors from 1995-1998. A former Finance Committee member, Adonis has served on the boards of both the Hawaii and Colorado Local Boxing Committees. A long-time fundraiser, Adonis recently helped to create grant-writing initiatives for USA Boxing and the LBCs. Adonis will serve a four-year term through 2014.

Long-time women’s boxing advocate Jeaneene Hildebrandt (Evansville, Ind.) will serve as the Women’s Director on the Board. Hildebrandt has been involved with the sport of boxing for over 30 years, working in various roles within the organization, and has been involved in her Indiana LBC leadership since 1987. She has served on the women’s committee in numerous capacities since its creation in 1999 as well as working as the Team Leader for the United States at the first-ever Women’s World Championships in 2001. Hildebrandt will serve as two-year term through 2012.

Gary Pliner (Janesville, Wis.) will serve as the Coach Director on USA Boxing’s Board of Directors. Pliner has been involved with the sport of boxing since 1963 when he was an amateur boxer in the military prior to becoming a coach and official in 1965. Pliner has served on the Wisconsin LBC Board of Directors since 1999, working his way up to the current position of President. A strong advocate for the Wisconsin Junior Olympic program, Pliner has served as Chairman of the Wisconsin Coaches Committee since 2000. Pliner will serve a four-year term through 2014.

Gary Richards (Saginaw, Mich.) will join the USA Boxing Board as the Grassroots Director. Richards became involved with amateur boxing in 1973, working in numerous capacities. The Director of the Michigan Silver Gloves, Richards is a former Chairman of the LBC Services’ Committee. Highly involved at the local level, Richards previously served as the treasurer and registration chairman for the Michigan LBC and was elected president in 2008. He launched a newsletter for Michigan boxing in 1994 and it’s currently in its 16th year of publication. Richards will serve a four-year term through 2014.

The Officials Director role will be filled by long-time official Spence Carpenter (West Branch, Mich.). A former Chief of Officials at the national level, Carpenter has represented the United States at over 25 international duals and events as an AIBA official. He previously served as the Chairman of the Rules and Regulations Committee and has worked as the Chief of Officials for numerous national events, including the U.S. Championships, Olympic Trials and Junior Olympic National Championships. Carpenter will serve a two-year term through 2012.

The athletes have elected Mikaela Mayer (West Hills, Calif.) and Kymmberli Stowe (Millersville, Pa.) as the athlete representatives to the Board of Directors. Mayer will serve as the athlete representative on the USA Boxing Foundation while Stowe will be the Vice President of the Athlete Advisory Council. They will join current athlete representative Angel Bovee (Tully, NY) who is in the middle of her four-year term

Also completing the Board is Affiliate Member Representative Jim Beasley (Hutchinson, Kansas). The Affiliate members (Police Athletic League, Armed Services, Golden Gloves and Silver Gloves) will be meeting within 30 days to determine which organization will represent them in the next term, which begins January 1, 2011.

Dr. Charles Butler (Kalamazoo, Mich.) is working as the AIBA Medical Issues Advisor and his term will run concurrent with his AIBA Executive Committee position.

The first order of business for the new Board will be to work with the Credentials & Election Committee to recruit, interview and appoint two Independent Directors.

Article posted on 18.07.2010

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