(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Nearly 300 boxers with Olympic dreams are traveling to Spokane, Wash., for the 2015 USA Boxing National Championships, January 19-24. The deep list of pugilists includes three Olympians and four reigning or former World Champions all hoping to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games. The Pathway to the Podium will once again run through Spokane with the 2015 edition of USA Boxing’s key national championship event serving as an Olympic Trials qualifier for the 10 men’s weight divisions and three women’s Olympic weight classes.
With such high stakes, the athlete entry numbers have increased significantly from last year and the talent level of the boxers matches the quantity of the tournament participants. 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) once again headlines the list of competitors and she enters the 2015 event fresh off her first elite world title win in Korea. Fellow Olympic medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) won her first world championship in November as well and she will be competing for her ninth USA Boxing title in Spokane.
2012 Olympian Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) will return to her home state for the fourth straight year to vie for her eighth USA Boxing national championship while 2012 World Champion and 2014 World Championships bronze medalist Tiara Brown (Fort Myers, Fla.) looks to defend her featherweight title.
In men’s action, multiple reigning national champions will compete for another USA Boxing national title alongside their younger counterparts making their elite division debuts in Spokane. Two-time national champions Jose Alday (Odessa, Texas) and LeShawn Rodriquez (Shirley, N.Y.) will chase the three-peat in 2015 while lightweight Genaro Gamez (San Diego, Calif.) and light welterweight Abraham Nova (Albany, N.Y.) will each look to defend their 2014 titles in Spokane. 2014 Youth World Champion and Youth Olympic Games silver medalist Darmani Rock (Philadelphia, Pa.) will make the move to the elite division next week with 2013 youth national champions Antonio Vargas (Kissimmee, Fla.), Gilbert Renteria (Houston, Texas) and John Luna (Milwaukee, Wis.) all making the transition to the older age division as well.
USA Boxing’s elite women continue to enjoy success internationally and with the top two tournament finishers in the three women’s Olympic weight divisions earning Olympic Trials berths, the flyweight (112 lbs), lightweight (132 lbs) and middleweight (165 lbs) divisions are all very deep in talent. The always-competitive lightweight division will once again feature multiple decorated athletes, including 2012 World Championships bronze medalist and 2012 national champion Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.). She will make another run at the USA Boxing National Championships gold as will 2013 Youth National champion Rashida Ellis (Lynn, Mass.). 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant N’tyeeyah Sherman (Barberton, Ohio) will also grace the ring at Spokane in the first Olympic Trials qualifier.
The flyweight division is packed as well with multiple athletes gunning for the top spot in the country. Two-time USA Boxing National Championship silver medalist Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) is hoping that the third time is the charm for her in 2015 action. While Fuchs is returning to familiar territory, two former national champions will compete for another national title in a new weight division. Two-time light flyweight titlist Alex Love (Fort Carson, Colo.) will return to the Olympic flyweight division for the 2015 event and her U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program teammate Melissa Parker (Fort Carson, Colo.) is moving down to the 112 pound weight class for a run at Rio. 2013 Youth National Champion Marisol Lopez (Stratford, Calif.) will vie for her first elite division title in Spokane as well.
The women’s middleweight division will also feature a slew of top competitors vying for the gold medal. Two U.S. Olympic Team Trials participants and USA Boxing national champions will challenge the reigning Olympic champion for the middleweight crown. 2012 National Champion and World Championships silver medalist Raquel Miller (San Francisco, Calif.) and former titlist Tika Hemingway (Breckinridge, Pa.) are each returning to the middleweight division for the 2015 tournament.
The 2015 USA Boxing National Championships participants will begin arriving in Spokane on Saturday prior to Sunday’s general weigh-in and tournament draw. Preliminary competition will begin on Monday and run through Thursday in two sessions daily at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the HUB Sports Center. Tournament action will shift to the Northern Quest Resort & Casino’s Pend Oreille Pavilion for semifinal competition on Friday at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday will feature two sessions of final round competition at noon and 6 p.m. Preliminary round tickets run only $10 and can be purchased at the HUB Sports Center. All-session passes and tickets for the semifinals and championship bouts are available online at www.northernquest.com.
The full list of registered athletes can be found below.
LIGHT FLYWEIGHT/108 LBS
Justin Dwight Dampac, Lynnwood, Wash.
Melik Elliston, Denver, Colo. (2015 USA Boxing National Championships bronze medalist)
Eric Gordon, Philadelphia, Pa.
Pablo Ramirez, Weslaco, Texas
Christian Carto, Deptford, N.J.
Luis Delgado, San Antonio, Texas
Adrian Ghisoiu, Junction City, Kansas
Thomas Huitt-Johnson, Saint Joseph, Mo.
Darrien Immel, Pueblo, Colo.
Gilbert Renteria, Houston, Texas (2013 Youth National Champion and 2012 Olympic Training Partner)
Isaac Rodriguez, San Antonio, Texas
Johnadier Santiago, Nashua, N.H.
Abel Soriano, Bellevue, Nebraska
Khalid Twaiti, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Antonio Vargas, Kissimmee, Fla. (2013 Youth Champion and 2014 Golden Gloves Champion)
Jesse Acosta, Tucson, Ariz.
Michael Angeletti, Spring, Texas
Daniel Bailey, Miami, Fla.
Javon Campbell, Powder Springs, Ga.
Anthony Chavez, San Bernardino, Calif.
Christopher Colbert, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Eric Estrada, Hillsboro, Ore.
Raul Estrada, Aloha, Oregon
Abraham Flores, Silvis, Ill.
Jose Gallegos, San Pedro, Calif.
Rudy Garcia, Los Angeles, Calif.
Frank Gonzalez, Hialeah, Fla.
Irvin Gonzalez, Worcester, Mass.
Xavier Griffin, Minneapolis, Minn.
Anteneh Kidanwold, St. Paul, Minn.
Efren Lopez, Fresno, Calif. (2014 National PAL Youth Champion)
Mikhail Montgomery, Macon, Ga.
Javier Oquendo, Philadelphia, Pa.
Yousif Saleh, Chicago, Ill.
Jose Santana, Tampa, Fla.
Luis Santiago, Nashua, N.H.
Sean Scott, Cincinnati, Ohio
Michael Stoute, Coram, N.Y.
Angelo Valencia, Albuquerque, N.M.
Nichatxu Vang, Minneapolis, Minn.
Eduardo Vasquez, Sheridan, Colo.
Cristian Williams, Chicago, Ill.
Jesus Arevalo, Sierra Vista, Ariz.
Jerrell Barbour, Tacoma, Wash.
Lorenzo Caldera, Portland, Ore.
Demarco Carter, Madison, Wis.
Gabriel Chacon, Hollywood, Fla.
Treven Coleman-Avant, Omaha, Neb.
Mariael Crumby, Compton, Calif.
Kelvin Davis, Norfolk, Va.
Herkin De La Rosa, Union City, N.J.
Nino Delgado, Anchorage, Alaska
Francisco Esparza, Las Vegas, Nev.
Jude Franklin, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Genaro Gamez, San Diego, Calif. (2014 USA Boxing National Champion
Jesse Garcia, Kingwood, Texas
Jose Gonzalez, New York, N.Y.
Jousce Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif. (2014 USA Boxing National Championships silver medalist)
Christopher Gooch, Ashburn, Va.
Rajiv Hernandez, Cleveland, Ohio
Giezwa Hobbs Jr., Burnsville, Minn.
Nasir Jones, Philadelphia, Pa.
Rosino Legan, Gilroy, Calif.
Israel Medina, Youngsville, La.
Abel Mendoza, El Paso, Texas
Roberto Meza, Escondido, Calif.
Maliek Montgomery, Macon, Ga. (2014 Golden Gloves Champion)
Rock Myrthil, Las Vegas, Nev.
Jamaine Ortiz-Rodriguez, Worcester, Mass.
Rodrigo Rubio, Waterloo, Iowa
Hector Tanajara, San Antonio, Texas (2014 National PAL Youth Champion)
Brannon Terry, Little Rock, Ark.
Jesus Vasquez, Englewood, Colo.
Charles Vazquez Vera, New Port Richey, Fla.
Thomas Walters, Cypress, Calif.
Titus Williams, Elmont, N.Y.
LIGHT WELTERWEIGHT/141 LBS
Christian Bermudez, Bronx, N.Y.
Terell Bostic, Wyandanch, N.Y.
Christian Camarena, Pasadena, Calif.
Chandler Clements, Cleveland, Ohio
David Craddock, Columbus, Ohio
Reynaldo Fajardo, Houston, texas
Luis Feliciano, Milwaukee, Wis. (2012 Olympic Trials participant)
Joshua Freeland, Humble, Texas
Eduardo Garcia, Houston, Texas
Rahim Gonzales, Sylmar, Calif.
Christopher Gonzalez, Tucson, Ariz.
Jabari Gregory, Charlotte, N.C.
Eric Hernandez, Leesburg, Va.
Michael Hughes, New York, N.Y.
Joe James, Eden Valley, Minn.
Evander Lamourt, New Port Richey, Fla.
Abraham Lopez, Rowland Heights, Calif.
Hector Madera, Stockton, Calif.
Arturo Marquez, Houston, Texas
Anthony Marsella, Smithfield, R.I.
Abram Martinez, Greeley, Colo.
Wilner Mendez-Lopez, Queens, N.Y.
David Mijares, Pasadena, Calif.
Jonathan Navarro, Los Angeles, Calif.
Douglas Northern, Philadelphia, Pa.
Abraham Nova, Albany, N.Y. (2014 USA Boxing National Champion)
Tra-Kwon Pettis, Atlanta, Ga.
Lorenzo Rosales, Milwaukee, Wis.
David Sample Jr., Las Vegas, Nev.
Kevin Serrano, Philadelphia, Pa.
Boubacar Sylla, Cincinnati, Ohio
Martin Urias, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Gilbert Vasquez, Brownfield, Texas
Deonte Wilson, Madison, Wis.
Matthew Abregu, Leesburg, Va.
Jose Alday, Odessa, Texas (Two-time USA Boxing National Champion)
Fabian Alvarado, Irving, Texas
Gabriel Ayala, Mercedes, Texas
Burim Beriqi, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Keon Burroughs, Mobile, Ala.
Jonathan Burrs, Frederick, Md.
Alemeo Carter, Kansas City, Mo.
Idemar Cordero, Philadelphia, Pa.
Jamaal Gregory, Charlotte, N.C.
Adrian Gutierrez, Chula Vista, Calif.
Jayquran Hazel, Newark, N.J.
Gabriel Hernandez, El Cajon, Calif.
Ardreal Holmes, Flint, Mich.
Kieron Hooks, Philadelphia, Pa.
Javaune James, Miramar, Fla.
Tyrone James, Bronx, N.Y.
Jordan Jones, Rowlett, Texas
Andy Kanene, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Paul Kroll, Philadelphia, Pa.
Michael Lee, Jersey City, N.J.
Damien Lopez, Newhall, Calif.
Chaz Mince, Lacombe, La.
Carlos Monroe, Snellville, Ga.
Michael Montgomery, Macon, Ga.
Jacob Operskalski, Oakland, Calif.
Veshawn Owens, St. Louis Park, Minn.
Ivan Pandzic, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Zaquan Peterkin, Las Vegas, Nev.
Quinton Randall, Katy, Texas
Andrick Robinson, Sacramento, Calif.
Anthony Rodriguez, Humble, Texas
Art Saakyan, Montebello, Calif.
William Santiago, La Grange, Ky.
Michael Stegall, House Springs, MO.
Kenneth Thomas, Indianapolis, Ind.
Devlin Thompson, Omaha, Neb.
Kevin Torres, Bellingham, Wash.
Vardges Vardanyan, Panorama City, Calif.
Nikolas Vasquez, Seattle, Wash.
Diego Vermilye, Denver, Colo.
Robert Wallace, Jacksonville, Fla.
John Williams, Baton Rouge, La.
Trent Wilson, Denmark, Tenn.
Gregory Young, Hoover, Ala.
Mark Joseph Antalan, Los Angeles, Calif.
Mentor Balidemaj, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Oleksiy Barker, Fullerton, Calif.
Lorenzo Boatman, Conway, Ark.
Chordelle Booker, Brooklyn, N.Y. (2014 USA Boxing National Championships silver medalist)
Jonathan Esquivel, Anaheim, Calif.
Randy Foster, Covington, Ga.
Emmanuel Guajardo, Tucson, Ariz.
Kalvin Henderson, Fayetteville, Ark.
Dillon Kasprzak, Philadelphia, Pa.
Lawrence King, Adelanto, Calif.
Matthew Kligerman, Rye, N.Y.
Raul Marquez, Houston, Texas
Eric Moon, Mobile, Ala.
Antonio Munoz, Chico, Calif.
Kuanysh Niyazov, Staten Island, N.Y.
Christopher Ousley, Middleton, Wis.
Leshawn Rodriquez, Medford, N.Y. (Two-time USA Boxing National Champion)
Ezekiel Scruggs, Little Rock, Ark.
Gerald Sherrell, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Christopher Thompson, Flint, Mich.
Leonel Urias, Dallas, Texas
Antonio Woods, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT/178 LBS
Vincent Baccus, Okmulgee, Okla.
Joshua Balbuena, Smyrna, Ga.
Chase Calloway, Saint Joseph, Mo.
Aaron Casper, Savannah, Ga.
Kevin Green, New Orleans, La.
Xavier Hayden, Minneapolis, Minn.
Maurice Horne, Middletown, Del.
Deantwon Jackson, Canal Winchester, Ohio
Marcell Jackson, Chicago, Ill.
Lesly Jean, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Duane Johnson, Bellevue, Neb.
Jasper McCargo, Oakland, Calif. (2014 USA Boxing National Championships silver medalist)
Joseph Merrill, Jacksonville, Fla.
Edward Ortiz, San Antonio, Texas
Adam Paolino, Warwick, R.I.
Julio Perez Campusano, Roxbury, Mass.
Ronnie Pratt, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Niko Valdes, Miami, Fla. (2014 USA Boxing National Championships bronze medalist)
Tory Williams, Mandeville, La.
Smbat Bagdassarian, Burbank, Calif.
Alejandro Bermudez, Gatesville, Texas
Oscar Bruce, Freeport, N.Y.
Manuel Contreras, St Paul, Minn.
Alvin Davie, Bal Harbour, Fla.
Benjamin Dobbs, Virginia Beach, Va.
Patrick Ferguson, Spokane, Wash.
Tristan James, Des Moines, Iowa
Vardan Khachatrian, Los Angeles, Calif.
Daniel Mejia, Hesperia, Calif.
Kato Montgomery, Garfield Heights, Ohio
Sardius Simmons, Flint, Mich. (2014 USA Boxing National Championships silver medalist)
Adrian Taylor, Mesquite, Texas (WSB and World Championships Team Trial silver medalist)
Ryan Watson, Duluth, Minn.
SUPER HEAVYWEIGHT/201+ LBS
Ignacio Camacho, Paterson, N.J.
Ramel Clasablanca, Bremerton, Wash.
Lorenzo Deloney, Little Rock, Ark.
Elvis Garcia, Tacoma, Wash.
Brandon Glanton, Ellenwood, Ga.
Leonid Grachev, Boulder, Colo.
Alante Green, Garfield, Ohio
Tyrrell Herndon, San Antonio, Texas
John Luna, Milwaukee, Wis. (2013 Youth National Champion)
Owen Minor, Worcester, Mass.
Marlo Moore, Hayward, Calif.
Darmani Rock, Philadelphia, Pa. (2014 Youth Champion and Youth Olympic Games silver medalist)
Kurtis Taylor, Las Vegas, Nev.
Edward Barr, Fresno, Calif.
LIGHT FLYWEIGHT/106 LBS
Jennifer Amato, Keene, N.H.
Sarah Dawson, Spring, Texas
Brittany Delgado, Center Moriches, N.Y.
Maureeca Lambert, Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Jennifer Morales, Houston, Texas
Felicia O’Brien, Sudbury, Mass.
Arlene Villalobos, Whittier, Calif.
Ivette Delgado, Yonkers, N.Y.
Marlen Esparza, Houston, Texas (Eight-time National Champion and 2014 World Champion)
Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas (Two-time USA Boxing National Championships silver medalist)
Dacia Jacquez, Bloomfield, N.M.
Traci Konas, Simi Valley, Calif.
Marisol Lopez, Stratford, Calif. (2013 Youth World Championships bronze medalist)
Alexandra Love, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Two-time USA Boxing light flyweight national champion)
Melissa Parker, Fort Carson, Colo. (Former USA Boxing featherweight national champion)
Amanda Pavone, Burlington, Mass.
Rianna Rios, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Karina Sarabia, El Monte, Calif.
Maryguenn Vellinga, Heber City, Utah
Jennifer Chieng, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Melanie Costa, Norton, Mass.
Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y. (Four-time USA Boxing National Champion)
Jacquelyn Cuddeback, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Leesa Daniel, Austin, Texas
Kathy McPherson, Mesa, Ariz. (2014 USA Boxing National Championships bronze medalist)
Shurretta Metcalf, Dallas, Texas
Jamie Mitchell, Pacific Grove, Calif.
Tiara Brown, Hyattsville, Fort Myers, Fla. (2012 World Champion & 2014 World Championships bronze medalist)
Kristin Carlson, Chicago, Ill.
Nataly Chavez, Splendora, Texas
Felisha Estrada Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Ashleigh Moore, Buzzards Bay, Mass.
Indeya Smith, Grand Prairie, Texas
Alycia Baumgardner, Clyde, Ohio
Caroline Carnero, Passaic, N.J.
Aleah Dillard, Dallas, Texas
Rashida Ellis, Lynn, Mass. (2014 USA Boxing National Championships bronze medalist)
Nakarri Jones, Tampa, Fla.
Stalacia Leggett, San Diego, Calif.
Chasity Martin, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Mikaela Mayer, Los Angeles, Calif. (2012 National Champion & World Championships bronze medalist)
Monayah Patterson, Warren, Mich.
Temitope Pedro, San Francisco, Calif.
Lisa Porter, Van Nuys, Calif.
Kim Putzier, St. Cloud, Minn.
Rory Santos, Jber, Alaska
N'Yteeyah Sherman, Barberton, Ohio (2012 Olympic Trials participant)
Queen Underwood, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Seven-time national champion and 2012 Olympian)
Carmen Vargas, Houston, Texas
Mioshia Wagoner, Lawrence, Kansas
Alexandria Williams, Elmont, N.Y.
LIGHT WELERWEIGHT/141 LBS
Katherine Bouldin, Live Oak, Texas
Catarina Lentini, Bethlehem, Pa.
Nisa Rodriguez, Bronx, N.Y.
Lilian Santander, Mesa, Ariz.
Jasmine Singh, Anaheim, Calif.
Melissa Kelly, Everett, Mass.
Samantha Kinchen, Lexington, Ky. (2013 Youth National Champion)
Stacey Parker, Aurora, Ill.
Danyelle Wolf, San Diego, Calif. (Two-time USA Boxing National Champion)
Abigail Castro, Kapolei, Hawaii
Naomi Clark, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Jillian Erstad, Spokane, Wash.
Chatiqua Hemingway, Brackenridge, Pa. (Former national champion and 2012 Olympic Trials participant)
Raquel Miller, San Francisco, Calif. (2012 National Champion and World Championships silver medalist)
Joy Rotstein, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Claressa Shields, Flint, Mich. (2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2014 World Champion)
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT/178 LBS
Franchon Crews, Baltimore, Md. (Five-time USA Boxing national champion)
Heidi Henriksen, St Louis Park, Minn. (2014 USA Boxing National Championships silver medalist)
Krystal Dixon, New Rochelle, N.Y. (2014 USA Boxing National Champion)
Shadasia Green, Paterson, N.J.
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