(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – USA Boxing and the Junior National Championships will return to Mobile, Ala., for the 2012-2013 editions of the prestigious event. The 2012 USA Boxing Junior National Championships will be contested, June 19-22, at the Mobile Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center with the top 15 and 16-year-old boxers from across the United States reconvening in the Port City.
Mobile played host to three of USA Boxing’s key events in 2011, holding the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Men’s Boxing in conjunction with the 2011 Junior National Championships and USA Boxing Annual Meeting in August. “The City of Mobile was an outstanding host for USA Boxing’s coaches, athletes, officials and staff for our three critical events in 2011 and we’re excited to return for the next two years,” USA Boxing Executive Director Anthony Bartkowski said. “We look forward to working with the Mobile Sports Authority and their excellent staff to put on a great event for our young boxers, their coaches and families.”
As USA Boxing has secured a two-year partnership with the Mobile Sports Authority for the Junior National Championships, the 2013 event will take place in the third week of June as well.
"The Mobile Sports Authority, in partnership with the Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors' Bureau, is very pleased to welcome back USA Boxing's Junior National Championships to the Port City," said Danny Corte, Executive Director of the Mobile Sports Authority. "Hosting a U.S. Olympic group or event has raised the stature of Mobile as a respected sports destination and we want to thank USA Boxing for their continued confidence. We look forward to again showing our boxing visitors some good Southern hospitality."
2012 Junior National Championships action will start with preliminary round competition on June 19 and move into quarterfinal boxing on June 20. The medal rounds will begin on June 21 with semifinal action and the champions will be crowned on June 22 in the championship bouts.
The Junior Olympic National Championships continually showcase the boxers that will vie for berths on the next Olympic Team in both the male and female divisions as evidenced by 2011 Junior Olympic National gold medalistClaressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) becoming an Olympic Trials champion at the first-ever U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing in February.
USA Boxing’s junior program is a critical developmental pipeline for the organization and has consistently produced future Olympians and professional world champions. The 2012 event will be the 41st Junior National Championships in the program’s storied history.