(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – USA Boxing will enjoy a busy national event schedule in 2015 and the action will begin early in the New Year with the third annual Junior Open and Youth National Championships, January 5-9 in Reno, Nev. More than 300 of the United States’ best junior and youth athletes will travel to Nevada for the national tournament at the Grand Sierra Resort.
With significant international competitive opportunities on the line, the top male and female boxers in both age divisions with spend their holidays preparing to win gold in Reno. The list of registered athletes includes not only returning champions in multiple division but also international medalists from the past two years.
Athletes and coaches will begin arriving in Reno on Saturday, January 3 prior to the event draw on Sunday, January 4 and the start of competition Monday, January 5. The junior division athletes will compete daily at noon at the Grand Sierra Resort with the youth boxers taking the ring in evening action at 6 p.m. Preliminary competition will take place through Wednesday, January 7 prior to semifinal round bouts on Thursday, January 8 and final round competition in all of the age and weight divisions on Friday, January 9.
The male and female junior champions and victors in the youth female division will all earn the opportunity compete in World Championships action in 2015 with the youth male gold medalists slated to compete in continental competition.
Two Youth Olympic champions will return to Reno for third straight year to defend their titles. Male bantamweight Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.) and female lightweight Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) each made history with gold medals at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in China this past summer and the duo will step back in to the ring in Reno.
In addition to Stevenson and Gonzalez, several champions from the inaugural event in 2013 will compete in Reno for the third straight year. Male middleweight Javier Estrada (Palmdale, Calif.) and female middleweight Iesha Kenney (Alexandria, Va.) both claimed junior titles in 2013 before adding a youth championship in 2014 and they will each compete in their final year in Reno in 2015.
Four two-time Junior Open champions will compete for their first time in the youth division in 2015. Female flyweight Ashley Perez (Sparks, Nev.), male bantamweight Daniel Gonzalez (Moreno Valley, Calif.), male featherweight Devin Haney (Las Vegas, Nev.), and light heavyweight Suray Mahmutovic (Sacramento, Calif.) will all look to make a successful transition to the youth division in their third year in Reno.
Several defending titlists are back for a second championship in Nevada as well, including 2014 tournament outstanding boxers Victor Morales (Vancouver, Ore.) and Diana Estrada (Hillsboro, Ore.).
Two-time Junior Olympic national champion and Outstanding Boxer Jayda Thomas (Detroit, Mich.) will compete for the first time in Reno in the 2015 event and the heavy-hitting bantamweight expects to continue her success in her tournament debut. Three more outstanding boxers from the 2014 Junior Olympic National Championships will vie for gold in Reno as well. Ruth Diaz (Houston, Texas) will compete in the jam-packed youth female flyweight division with Peyton Childers (Huntington, W. Va.) boxing in the youth women’s heavyweight class. Defending Junior Open and Junior Olympic national champion Troy Isley will make his youth debut in Reno as well.
Overall, 38 former Junior and Youth Open and Junior Olympic champions will compete for a second straight gold medal at the 2015 event in Reno.
A full list of the athletes registered to compete in the 2015 Junior Open and Youth National Championships can be found below. The tournament brackets will be released following the official draw on Sunday, January 4.
2015 Junior Open and Youth National Championships Registered Athletes
Amy Salinas, Mesquite, N.M.
Light flyweight/106 lbs
Heaven Garcia, El Monte, Calif.
Savannah Talbert, Augusta, Ga.
Pauline Viesca, Commerce, Calif. (2014 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Light bantamweight/114 lbs
Jessica Juarez, San Diego, Calif. (2014 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Romalin Martinez, Houston, Texas
Mariana Gonzalez, Sunnyvale, Calif.
Yarisel Ramirez, Las Vegas, Nev.
Lesly Soria, Los Angeles, Calif. (2014 Junior Open Champion)
Gisselle Villarreal, Houston, Texas
Zhane Crockett, Toledo, Ohio
Diana Estrada, Hillsboro, Ore.
Destiny Jasso, Dallas, Texas}
Andrea Medina, Bonita, Calif. (2014 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Vanessa Pericon, Las Vegas, Nev.
Diamond Tello, Willmar, Minn.
Aidyl Cardenas, Calexico, Calif.
Amberly Gutirrez, San Antonio, Texas
Lupe Gutierrez, Sacramento, Calif. (2014 Junior Open and Junior Olympic National Champion)
Jasmine Hernandez, National City, Calif.
Cheyenne Lewellen, Summerville, S.C.
Aylissa Rivera, Houston, Texas
Kylie Hall, Clovis, Calif.
Sharahya Moreu, Albuquerque, N.M.
Light middleweight/154 lbs
Amanda Bermudez, Gatesville, Texas (2014 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Gabriela Gallegos, Los Angeles, Calif. (2014 Junior Open Champion)
Destiny Navarro, El Centro, Calif.
Alyssa Mancha, Dallas, Texas
Dashun Banks, Columbus, Ohio
Jaime Barriga, Las Vegas, Nev.
Roberto Cosio, Madera, Calif.
Sean Garcia, Adelanto, Calif.
Salaam Gonzales, Denver, Colo.
Elian Lua, Fresno, Calif.
Isaac Martinez, Spring, Texas
Julian Newell, Oswego, Ill.
Abraham Perez, Albuquerque, N.M.
Jonas Persaud, Concord, Calif.
Kavon Robertson, Staunton, Va.
Jesse Rodriguez, San Antonio, Texas
Light flyweight/106 lbs
Javier Arellano, Dallas, Texas
Adrian Benton, Cincinnati, Ohio
Rudlfo Cuazitl, Tampa, Fla.
Angle Martinez, Rockford, Ill
Gage Mendoza, Denver, Colo.
Derry Noble, Vacaville, Calif.
Jorge Ramos, Jr., Laredo, Texas
Roberto Rodriguez, San Antonio, Texas
Smathy Silva, Sparks, Nev.
Cruz Solano, Beaverton, Ore.
Edwin Tula, Houston, Texas
Angel Cordon, Martinez, Calif.
Rey Diaz, N. Las Vegas, Nev.
Juniel Garcia, St. Cloud, Fla.
Tariq Gordon, Cincinnati, Ohio
Mauro Guerrero, Chicago, Ill.
Alexis Herrera, Reno, Nev.
Jose Perez, Arlington, Texas
Erick Pizarro, Denver, Colo.
Ruben Robles, Los Angeles, Calif.
Daniel Ybarra, Tolleson, Ariz.
Light bantamweight/114 lbs
Angel Alejandro, Grand Prairie, Texas
Emanuel Contreras, San Diego, Calif.
Keyshawn Davis, Norfolk, Va. (2014 Junior Open and Junior Olympic Champion)
Treston Domingo, Aiea, Hawaii
Ronnell Johnson, Westerville, Ohio
David Marfil, Sun Valley, Nev.
Rogelio Ortega, Pasadena, Texas
Jones Otha, Toledo, Ohio
Jaycob Ramos, Dallas, Texas
Anthony Reyes, Coachella, Calif.
Aaron Rivera, Manor, Texas
Jesse Rosales, Las Vegas, Nev.
Cody Sullivan, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
James Browning, Phoenix, Ariz.
Noah Castillo, South Houston, Texas
Marc Castro, Fresno, Calif. (2014 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Karim Cuevas, Tolleson, Ariz.
Dimas Deleon, Mission, Texas
T Jason Garcia, Dallas, Texas
Jonjairo Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif.
Destyn Hopkins, Grand Island, N.Y.
Shavale Johnson, Westerville, Ohio
Tyler Morales, Vancouver, Ore.
David Navarro, Los Angeles, Calif.
Brian O’Shea, Yonkers, N.Y.
Sebastian Ortega, Phoenix, Ariz.
Damian Rainbow, Sparks, Nev.
Marquez Rhodes, Holbrook, N.Y.
Cedric Salcedo, Sacramento, Calif.
Rodolfo Silva, Galena Park, Texas
Jose Vasquez, Stockton, Calif.
Salvador Vasquez, Stockton, Calif.
Joseph Adorno, Allentown, Pa.
Ameer Brown, Upper Marlboro, Md.
Rommel Caballero, Coachella, Calif.
Isaac Chapa, Jr., Mesquite, Texas
Gabriel Flores, Stockton, Calif.
Nathan Gonzalez, Palmdale, Calif.
Brndon Huesias, Commerce, Calif.
Allen Medina, Fresno, Calif.
Frank Prado, Hampton, Va.
Jose Rodriguez, McKinney, Texas
Emmanuel Rojas, Fallon, Nev.
Carlos Velasquez, Phoenix, Ariz.
Thomas Wu, Arcadia, Calif.
Dillon Burrell, Cleveland, OHio
Wesley Diana, Las Vegas, Nev.
Jesus Hernandez, Los Angeles, Calif.
Alex Hughitt, Beaverton, Ore.
Leon Lawson, Flint, Mich.
Harley Maderos, New York, N.Y.
Branden Pizarro, Philadelphia
Eric Puente, Carlsbad, Calif.
Cristian Roman, Mercedes, Texas
Wilson Savedra, Jr., Honolulu, Hawaii
Light welterweight/138 lbs
Andres Borrego, Arvada, Colo. (2014 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Jojit Butay-Fillon, Las Vegas, Nev.
Alexis Chaparro, Ridgewood, N.Y.
Joaquin Garcia, Dallas, Texas
Victor Rodriguez, Stanton, Calif.
Christian Torres, Denver, Colo.
Brandun Lee, Coachella, Calif.
Joseph Sanchez, Melissa, Texas
Joey Spencer, Linden, Mich.
Jaydon Vigil, Lakewood, Colo.
Light middleweight/154 lbs
Jose Gomez, Arlington, Texas
Jared Anderson, Toledo, Ohio
Light heavyweight/176 lbs
Cristian Robles, Houston, Texas
Elijah Green, Maryville, Mo.
Roland Lemus, Los Angeles, Calif.
Richard Torrez, Tulare, Calif.
Light flyweight/106 lbs
Lina Licona, Westminster, Calif.
Hillary Perez, Arlington, Texas
Mia Valadez, Los Angeles, Calif. (2014 Junior Open and Junior Olympic Champion)
Jazzelle Bobadilla, Ewa Beach, Hawaii
Odalys Camacho, Bakersfield, Calif.
Ruth Diaz, Houston, Texas (2014 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Mikaila Gutierrez, Kemp, Texas
Olivia Hendrickson, Waterford, Wis. (2014 Junior Open Champion)
Kristyn Juarez, Los Angeles, Calif. (2014 Junior Open Champion)
Jessenia Murillo, Rockford, Ill.
Caitlin Orosco, Anaheim, Calif. (Two-time Junior and Youth Open and 2013 Junior World Champion)
Ashley Perez, Sparks, Nev. (Two-time Junior Open champion)
Melody Montes, Kissimmee, Fla.
Julieanne Munoz, El Centro, Calif.
Katrina Nahe, Antioch, Calif.
Esmeralda Navarro, Mission, Texas
Angie Ornelas, Beaverton, Ore.
Brenda Roman, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jayda Thomas, Detroit, Mich. (Two-time Junior Olympic champion)
Brenda Breceda, El Monte, Calif.
Jessica Galvez, Sparks, Nev.
Melanie Gonzlaez, Houston, Texas
Destiny Jones, Austin, Texas
Michelle Morales, Chicago, Ill.
Makayla Saiz, Denver, Colo.
Ariel Arismendez, Tolleson, Ariz.
Jajaira Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif. (Two-time World Champion and Youth Olympic gold medalist)
Audrey Morris, McKinney, Texas
Avigail Narro, Grafton, N.D.
Crystal Navarro, Mission, Texas
Adriana Ramirez, Stockton, Calif.
Light welterweight/141 lbs
Gabriela Favela, Houston, Texas (2014 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Tatyana McCool, Chicago, Ill.
April Vega, Orange, Calif.
Alexis Arteaga, Greenfield, Wis.
Annalicia Sustaita, Garland, Texas
Chayanne Carroll, Thorp, Wis.
Iesha Kenney, Alexandria, Va. (Two-time Junior and Youth Open champion and Junior World Championships bronze medalist)
Payton Childers, Huntington, W. Va. (2014 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Light flyweight/108 lbs
Jose Acosta, Houston, Texas
Ulises Aguilar, Houston, Texas
Jordon Aguilar-Sanchez, Las Vegas, Nev.
Kawelo Alcos, Waipahu, Hawaii
Rahseen Brown, Philadelphia, Pa.
Jovany Carrillo, Dallas, Texas
Slade Corvin, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Rodney De Baca, Hayward, Calif.
Alejandro Dominguez, Las Vegas, Nev.
Jessie Mandapat, Anaheim, Calif.
Christian Palos, Omaha, Neb.
Dylan Price, Sicklerville, N.J. (2013 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Geovany Santiago, Los Angeles, Calif.
Adrian Servin, Phoenix, Ariz.
Jeffrey Thomas, Toledo, Ohio
Fernando Venegas, Stockton, Calif.
Tayden Beltran, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Jamal Bland, Asbury Park, N.J.
Thomas Blumenfeld, Albany, N.Y.
Fabian Camerena, Las Vegas, Nev.
Miguel Ceballos, Peoria, Ariz.
Ferdinand Domingo, Honolulu, Hawaii
Robert Greenwood, Frankfort, Ind.
Guillermo Gutierrez, San Antonio, Texas
Zachariah Jacquez, Bloomfield, N.M.
Desmond Jarmon, Cincinnati, Ohio
Andrew Litteral, Huntington, W. Va.
Timothy Longoria, Palacios, Texas
Fernando Martinez, Phoenix, Ariz. (2014 Junior Open and Junior Olympic Champion)
Omar Martinez, Irving, Texas
Shon Mondragon, Commerce City, Colo.
Angel Moreno, Los Angeles, Calif.
Caleb Munoz, Shafter, Calif.
Derek Ochoa, Sanger, Calif.
Aaron Perez, Albuquerque, N.M.
Mathias Radcliffe, Reseda, Calif.
Angel Ruiz, Yonkers, N.Y.
Nicholas Sullivan, Norfolk, Va. (2014 Junior Open Champion)
Pete Tavares, Gilroy, Calif.
Jordan White, Landover, Md. (2013 Junior Open champion)
Jonathan Zavala, Greeley, Colo.
Fabian Canales, Houston, Texas
Edward Ceballos, Youngstown, Ariz.
Cory Conner, Las Vegas, Nev.
Joseph Cuellar, Tulare, Calif.
Joseph Diaz, Houston, Texas
David Fuentes, Madera, Calif.
Juan Gonzales, San Antonio, Texas
Daniel Gonzalez, Moreno Valley, Calif. (Two-time Junior Open & Junior Olympic champion and 2013 Junior World Championships silver medalist)
Roberto Lopez, Hawthorne, Calif.
Desmond Lyons, Augusta, Ga.
Luis Melendez Escobar, Miami, Fla.
Kevin Montano, Concord, Calif.
Jose Montoya, Henderson, Nev.
Victor Morales, Vancouver, Ore. (2014 Junior Open Champion and Outstanding Boxer)
Adan Ochoa, Downey, Calif.
Max Ornelas, Las Vegas, Nev.
Edgar Osorio, Beaverton, Ore.
Jordan Pace, Irving, Texas
Gabriel Quijada, Phoenix, Ariz.
Duke Ragan, Cincinnati, Ohio
Edward Rojas, Lakewood, Wash.
Shakur Stevenson, Newark, N.J. (Two-time World Champion and Youth Olympic gold medalist)
Ruben Villa, Salinas, Calif.
Erik West, Indio, Calif.
Logan Yoon, Honolulu, Hawaii
Adolfo Alanis, Edinburg, Texas
Paul Allen, Cincinnati, Ohio
Zachery Bartrum, Huntington, W. Va.
Daiyaan Butt, Havertown, Pa.
Alejandro Campa, Phoenix, Ariz.
Gabriel Chairez, Salt Lake City, Utah
Andres Cortes, Henderson, Nev.
Pedro Cruz, San Jose, Calif.
Michael Dutchover, Midland, Texas
Diego Elizondo, Carson City, Nev.
Alfredo Escarcega, Avondale, Ariz.
Kelvin Garcia, Bethlehem, Pa.
Ryan Garcia, Victorville, Calif.
Alejandro Guerrero, Irving, Texas
Devin Haney, Henderson, Nev. (Two-time Junior Open Champion)
Teofimo Lopez, Davie, Fla.
Bryan Lua, Madero, Calif. (2014 Junior Open Champion)
Dezmond Lucas, Bronx, N.Y.
Reshat Mati, Staten Island, N.Y.
Carlos Nava, Pasadena, Texas (2014 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Vergil Ortiz, Grand Prairie, Texas
Jacob Ponce, Phoenix, Ariz.
Freudis Rojas, Fallon, Nev.
Samuel Salas, Stockton, Calif.
Evan Sanchez, Parlier, Calif.
Victor Santiago, Los Angeles, Calif.
Daniel Silva Ayala, Sparks, Nev.
Jose Tirado, Roxbury, Mass.
Antonio Williams, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Light welterweight/141 lbs
Keoni Adric, Haleiwa, Hawaii
Aadam Ali, Teaneck, N.J.
Samuel Castaneda, Mercedes, Texas
Raymond Darrough, Reno, Nev.
Jacob Ennis, Philadelphia, Pa.
Ivan Franco, Tampa, Fla.
Steven Galeano, Bronx, N.Y.
Humberto Guillen, Reno, Nev.
Brandon Haddad, Lancaster, Pa.
Julio Herrera, Las Vegas, Nev.
Richardson Hitchins, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jonathan Jarabek, Brighton, Colo.
Aaron Lopez, Commerce City, Calif.
Isaac Lujan, Las Vegas, Nev.
Hunter-Gabriel Manaba, Kaunakakai, Hawaii
Alexis Martinez, Dallas, Texas
Xavier Martinez, Sacramento, Calif.
Braulio Meraz, Milwaukee, Wis.
Jonathan Rodriguez, McKinney, Texas
Charlie Sheehy, Brisbane, Calif.
Noel Temores, Gilroy, Calif.
Hector Trinidad, Liberal, Kansas
Eben Vargas, Mesa, Ariz.
Josue Vargas, Bronx, N.Y.
Brandon Vega, Cleveland, Ohio
Nikita Ababiy, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Alias Aguilar, Orange, Calif.
Nathan Barragan, Dallas, Texas
Mark Dawson, Philadelphia, Pa.
Sergio Gonzalez, Waller, Texas
Troy Isley, Alexandria, Va.
Arlen Janis, Rapid City, S.D.
Saleem Kelly, Red Bank, N.J.
Ferdinando Kerobyan, N. Hollywood, Calif.
James Martin, Philadelphia, Pa.
Joe Martinez, San Antonio, Texas
Francis Oran, Allentown, Pa.
Elmer Pedraza, Houston, Texas
Sebastian Perea, Adkins, Texas
Money Powell, Ft. Mitchell, Ala. (2014 Junior Open champion)
Angel Rios, Sacramento, Calif.
David Rodriguez, Miami Gardens, Fla.
Takiem Smalls, Jacksonville, Fla.
Rumhan Stapleton, Lancaster, N.H.
Kevin Torres, Bellingham, Wash.
Jorge Trevino, San Antonio, Texas
Cody Woslager, Helena, Mont.
Edgar Berlanga, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jose Campos, S. Houston, Texas
Charles Conwell, Cleveland, Ohio (2014 Youth Open Champion)
Cristian Escobedo, Denver, Colo.
John Escobedo, Dallas, Texas
Javier Estrada, Palmdale, Calif. (Two-time Junior and Youth Open champion)
Amisael Jimenez, Sacramento, Calif. (2014 Junior Open Champion)
Anthony Lerma-Ruelas, Janesville, Wis.
Jeremiah Nguyen, Belleville, Ill.
Atif Oberlton, Philadelphia, Pa. (2014 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Raul Salomon, Long Beach, Calif.
Michaiah Soares, Kaunakakai, Hawaii
Chris Thomas, Beachwood, N.J.
Light heavyweight/178 lbs
Austin Dulworth, Red Oak, Texas
Abel Gonzalez, Hialeah Gardens, Fla.
Enrique Gonzalez, Laredo, Texas
Mario Hernandez, Sparks, Nev.
Matthew Hernandez, San Antonio, Texas
Richard Hernandez, Port Arthur, Texas
Manjaro Hills, Baker, La.
Suray Mahmutovic, Sacramento, Calif. (Two-time Junior Open champion)
Miguel Teo, Marlboro, Mass.
Jacob Waltemate, Neillsville, Wis.
Cross Beaulieu, Barnum, Minn.
Rafael Gaitan, Forrest Hill, Texas
Joshua Juarez, Laredo, Texas
Matthew Mollet, Port Orchard, Wash.
Devon Young, Graniteville, S.C. (2014 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Super heavyweight/201+ lbs
Ozziel Cardenas, Laredo, Texas
Hunter Matthews, Fairchance, Pa.
Benjamin Sinakin, Philadelphia, Pa.
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