(SPOKANE, WASH.) – Just one week after USA Boxing’s future stars showcased their skills at the 2014 Junior and Youth Open, it will be the elite athletes’ turn to steal the spotlight at the 2014 USA Boxing National Championships, January 20-25 in Spokane, Wash. Thirteen reigning champions, three Olympians, including two medalists, and a World Champion will all compete in the premier Olympic-style boxing national tournament.
With the tournament just days away, elite athletes across the country are finalizing their preparations for the major national event. 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) will step in to the ring for the first time in USA Boxing National Championships in Spokane next week following an unopposed title in the youth division in 2013. Shields won’t be the only Olympic gold medalist traveling to Spokane. 2004 Olympic gold medalist and WBA and Ring Magazine Super Middleweight World Champion Andre Ward (Oakland, Calif.) will be in attendance for the opening two days of the event to support the United States’ up-and-coming boxers.
Spokane is a familiar locale for Shields and her 2012 Olympic teammates Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.), who all won the first-ever U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing in 2012. All three historic boxers have several rising stars looking to take their spots at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and the women’s division promises outstanding action throughout the week in Spokane.
In the men’s division, six reigning champions are back in 2014 to reclaim their USA Boxing National Championships. U.S. Team Captains Leroy Davila (New Brunswick, N.J.) and Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) each hope to reclaim their spots on Team USA with gold medal wins in Spokane. The flyweight division could see a rematch of last year’s championship bout thriller between Malik Jackson (Washington DC) and Shawn Simpson (Chicago, Ill.), which Jackson pulled out en route to his Outstanding Boxer win. 2013 light welterweight champion Jose Alday (Odessa, Texas) has moved up to the welterweight class for the 2014 edition and he and fellow 2013 titlists Eduardo Martinez (Aurora, Ill.) and LeShawn Rodriquez (Shirley N.Y.) all hope to earn another national championship in Spokane.
With 2014 being a world championships year for the elite women, the stakes are even higher for the deeply talented female division rosters. In addition to Esparza and Underwood, bantamweight Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.), featherweight Jennifer Hamann (Seattle, Wash.), light welterweight Bertha Aracil (Yonkers, N.Y.), welterweight Danyelle Wolf (San Diego, Calif.), middleweight Franchon Crews (Baltimore, Md.), and heavyweight Denise Rico (E. Los Angeles, Calif.) are all returning with another gold medal on their mind in 2014. 2012 World Champion Tiara Brown (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) and 2012 World Championships bronze medalist Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) will compete for 2014 USA Boxing National Championship title as well.
Preliminary action will take place at the HUB Sports Center Monday through Wednesday with a 5 p.m. session on Monday and 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.
Tickets for the exciting Olympic-style boxing action start at only $5 and can be purchased via this link -http://northernquest.com/experience/entertainment#package-5664. Don’t miss the chance to see the future Olympians and World Champions battle it out for gold in Spokane.
The 2014 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.
Athlete registration will continue through Sunday, but the current list of 2014 USA Boxing National Championships athletes can be found below.
Sarah Dawson, Spring, Texas
Natalie Gonzalez, New Rochelle, N.Y.
Maureeca Lambert, Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Alexandra Love, Fountain, Colo. (2012 USA Boxing National Champion)
Ivette Delgado, Yonkers, N.Y.
Katie Durgin, Boston, Mass.
Marlen Esparza, Houston, Texas (2012 Olympic bronze medalist and seven-time national champion)
Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas
Ayesha Green, Trenton, N.J.
Brianna Sanchez, Tucson, Ariz.
Melanie Costa, Norton, Mass.
Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y. (Three-time national champion & 2012 World Championships bronze medalist)
Leesa Daniel, Austin, Texas
Elizabeth Leddy, Portland, Maine
Kathy McPherson, Mesa, Ariz.
Jamie Mitchell, Pacific Grove, Calif.
Amanda Pavone, Burlington, Mass.
Samantha Salazar, Dallas, Texas
Rory Santos, Jber, Alaska
Tiara Brown, Hyattsville, Md. (2012 World Champion)
Kristin Carlson, Carol Stream, Ill.
Felisha Estrada Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Jennifer Hamann, Seattle Wash. (2013 USA Boxing National Champion)
Jenelle Leal, Corpus Christi, Texas
Ashleigh Moore, Buzzards Bay, Mass.
Lisa Porter, Valley Village, Calif.
Carmen Vargas, Houston, Texas
Christella Cepeda, Yonkers, N.Y.
Franci Davila, Kapaa, Hawaii
Rashida Ellis, Lynn, Mass. (2013 USA Boxing Youth National Champion)
Mikaela Mayer, Los Angeles, Calif. (2012 World Championships bronze medalist & national champion)
Melissa Parker, Fort Carson, Colo. (Three-time national champion)
Queen Underwood, Colorado Springs, Colo. (2012 Olympian and six-time national champion)
Bertha Aracil, Yonkers, N.Y. (2013 USA Boxing National Champion)
Desinty Chearino, Warwick, R.I.
Aleah Dillard, Dallas, Texas
Faith Franco, Duarte, Calif.
Catarina Lentini, Whitehall, Pa.
Griselda Madrigal Santana, East Wenatchee, Wash.
Jessica Radtke, Bloomington, Minn.
Nargis Shaghasi, San Lorenso, Calif.
Jasmine Singh, Anaheim, Calif.
Sherry Whetten, Tucson, Ariz.
Fallon Farrar, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Jobette Nabarro, Keaau, Hawaii
Stacey Parker, Aurora, Ill.
Danyelle Wolf, San Diego, Calif. (2013 USA Boxing National Champion)
Krystal Correa, Yonkers, N.Y.
Franchon Crews, Baltimore, Md. (Five-time USA Boxing National Champion)
Raquel Miller, San Francisco, Calif. (Olympic training partner)
Dara Shen, Alexandria, Va.
Claressa Shields, Flint, Mich. (2012 Olympic gold medalist)
Krystal Dixon, New Rochelle, N.Y.
Denise Rico, Los Angeles, Calif. (2013 USA Boxing National Champion)
Cassius Chaney, Charlestown, R.I.
Leroy Davila, Somerset, N.J. (2013 USA Boxing National Champion)
Melik Elliston, Denver, Colo.
Joshua Franco, San Antonio, Texas
Thomas Huitt-Johnson, St. Joseph, Mo.
Adam Paolino, Warwick, R.I.
Anthony Ramirez, Fontana, Calif.
Dominique Sosa, Humble, Texas
Malik Jackson, Washington DC (2013 USA Boxing National Champion)
Aurel Love, Cleveland, Ohio
Jordan Rodriguez, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Marshall Sanchez, Houston, Texas
Shawn Simpson, Chicago, Ill. (Olympic training partner)
Jerrell Barbour, Tacoma, Wash.
Ramon Cardenas, San Antonio, Texas
Sharone Carter, St. Louis, Mo.
Jaime Estrada, New Windsor, Ky.
Kevin Ford, St. Louis, Mo.
Stephen Fulton, Philadelphia, Pa.
Joshua Gonzalez, Bronx, N.Y.
Xavier Griffin, Minneapolis, Minn.
Joshua McShane, Waianae, Hawaii
Israel Mercado, Montclair, Calif.
Maximiliano Moreno, Apple Valley, Calif.
JaRico O’Quinn, Detroit, Mich.
Ryan Riddell, Apache Junction, Ariz.
David Sandoval, Tacoma, Wash.
Sean Scott, Cincinnati, Ohio
Nichatxu Vang, St. Paul, Minn.
Eduardo Vasquez, Sheridan, Colo. (2013 USA Boxing National Champion)
Jesus Vasquez, Englewood, Colo.
Cristian Williams, Crete, Ill.
Tracy Alexander, Compton, Calif.
Cirilo Avellaneda, Baytown, Texas
Deshon Baker, Cleveland, Ohio
Eder Carrillo, Woodland, Calif.
Genaro Gamez, San Diego, Calif.
Jousce Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif.
Joshua Jones, Philadephia, Pa.
Thomas Mattice, Cleveland, Ohio
Abel Mendoza, El Paso, Texas
Canton Miller, St. Louis, Mo.
Maliek Montgomery, Macon, Ga.
Emmanuel Nieves, Phoenix, Ariz.
Elijah Peixoto, East Providence, R.I.
Alfonso Ponce, Anaheim, Calif.
Cresencio Ramos, San Antonio, Texas (2013 USA Boxing National Championships silver medalist)
Hector Rendon, Tacoma, Wash.
Titus Williams, Elmont, N.Y.
Cassius Foster, Cleveland, Ohio
Joel Ibarra, Wahiawa, Hawaii
Nicholas Jefferson, Tacoma, Wash. (2013 USA Boxign National Championships silver medalist)
Evander Lamourt, New Port Richey, Fla.
Anthony Marsella, Smithfield, R.I.
David Mijares, Pasadena, Calif.
Abraham Nova, Albany, N.Y.
Robert O’Quinn, Detroit, Mich.
Alfonso Olvera, Tucson, Ariz.
Vassiliy Zherebnenko, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jose Alday, Odessa, Texas (2013 USA Boxing National Champion)
Chordelle Booker, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Brian Ceballo, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jose Delarosa, Richmond Hill, N.Y.
Adrian Gutierrez, Chula Vista, Calif.
Javaune James, Miramar, Fla.
Travis Jerig, Zanesville, Ohio
Jimmy Kay, Riverside, Calif.
Timothy Lee, Las Vegas, Nev.
Jeremiah Millett, St. Louis, Mo.
Michael Montgomery, Macon, Ga.
Jacob Operskalski, Oakland, Calif.
VeShawn Owens, St. Louis Park, Minn.
Jose Pena, Tucson, Ariz.
Antonio Tessitore, Spokane, Wash.
Kenneth Thomas, Indianapolis, Ind.
Samuel Valentin, Land O Lakes, Fla.
DeVonte Williams, Houston, Texas
Gregory Young, Hoover, Ala.
Keoki Anaya, Port Hueneme, Calif.
Clinso Brumfield, Alexandria, Va.
Chase Calloway, Saint Joseph, Mo.
Jonathan Esquivel, Anaheim, Calif.
Bryan Flores, Playa Vista, Calif.
Khiary Gray, Worcester, Mass.
Kalvin Henderson, Fayetteville, Ark.
Louis Holloway, St. Louis, Mo.
Roger Ibarra, Houston, Texas
Dillon Kasprzak, Philadelphia, Pa.
Carlos Monroe, Stone Mountain, Ga.
LeShawn Rodriquez, Shirley, N.Y. (2013 USA Boxing National Championships)
Daniel Thomas, Concord, Calif.
John Zabala, Arvada, Colo.
Mark Joseph Antalan, Los Angeles, Calif.
Vincent Baccus, Lawrence, Kansas
Jerrod Bowling, Washington DC
Julius Butler, St. Louis, Mo.
Xavier Hayden, Minneapolis, Minn.
Dugan Lawton, Tacoma, Wash.
Jasper McCargo, Oakland, Calif.
Niko Valdes, Miami, Fla.
Octavius Webb, Maple Heights, Ohio
Albert Alvarez, Sells, Ariz.
Smbat Bagdassarian, Burbank Calif.
Alejandro Bermudez, Gatesville, Texas
Aaron Chavers, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Vardan Khachatrian, N. Hollywood, Calif.
Joseph Martinez, Duarte, Calif.
Earl Newman, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Joshua Temple, St. Louis, Mo. (2013 USA Boxing National Championships silver medalist)
Cam F. Awesome, Lenexa, Kansas (Three-time USA Boxing National Champion)
Elvis Garcia, Tacoma, Wash.
Marcellus Williams, Las Vegas, Nev.
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).