(SPOKANE, WASH.) – Nearly 200 elite boxers have traveled northwest to Spokane, Wash., to test their skills against the best in the country at the 2014 USA Boxing Elite National Championships, January 20-25. The official event draw took place on Sunday evening at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino, setting the road to gold for all of the athletes in each of the 20 weight divisions being contested in Spokane.
The elite men’s division will kick off the 2014 edition of the event in Monday evening action at the HUB Sports Center in Spokane with 21 bouts in the bantamweight, light welterweight, welterweight and middleweight classes.
2004 Olympic gold medalist and super middleweight world champion Andre Ward traveled to Washington state on Monday to take in the first two days of preliminary action and support USA Boxing’s up-and-coming athletes.
The full list of tournament brackets are available on the USA Boxing website via this link – http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Boxing/Features/2014/January/19/USA-Boxing-Elite-National-Championships-Brackets-and-Bout-Sheets and the bout sheets for tonight’s action are attached.
Preliminary action will continue through Wednesday at the HUB Sports Center with a 5 p.m. session on Tuesday and two sessions at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., on Wednesday. All of the tournament competitors will enjoy an off day on Thursday before two sessions of semifinal round boxing at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday at Northern Quest Resort & Casino’s Pend Oreille Pavilion. Saturday’s action will feature 20 championship bouts at noon and 6 p.m. at Northern Quest.
The USA Boxing National Championships began in 1888 and many of the greatest champions in the history of the sweet science got their start in the nation’s premier national championship event, including: Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali), Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar de la Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and Andre Ward.
USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).