Nearly 50 national champions were crowned at the 2012 National PAL Championships, October 8-13 at the Seagate Centre in Toledo, Ohio. Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) made a triumphant return to the ring, winning her second straight National PAL title in her first action since London. She led a youth revolution at the event, with two fellow 17-year-olds taking the Outstanding Boxer awards in the open division at the major national tournament. Male light welterweight Erickson Lubin (Orlando, Fla.) took his first senior national title in his open division debut just two weeks after his 17th birthday while fellow teenager Rashida Ellis (Lynn, Mass.) claimed the women’s lightweight title. Ellis’ brother, Rashidi Ellis (Lynn, Mass.), made it a family affair, taking the welterweight championship in Toledo.
Congratulations to all the 2012 National PAL Champions:
85 lbs: Desean Minor, Cincinnati, Ohio
95 lbs: Otha Jones, Toledo, Ohio
110 lbs: Lorenzo Simpson, Baltimore, Md.
114 lbs: Dillon Burrell, Cleveland, Ohio
85 lbs: Keshawn Davis, Philadelphia, Pa.
90 lbs: Nicholas Sullivan, Portsmouth, Va.
95 lbs: Jody Gauthier II, Opelousas, La.
101 lbs: Leon Lawson, Flint, Mich.
106 lbs: Reshati Mati, Staten Island, N.Y.
110 lbs: Troy Isley, Alexandria, Va.
114 lbs: Brandon Lee, Coachella, Calif.
119 lbs: Michael Dutchover, Midland, Texas
125 lbs: Michael Nelson, Mansfield, Ohio
132 lbs: Mykquan Williams, E. Hartford, Conn.
145 lbs: Janelson Figueroa, Detroit, Mich.
101 lbs/male: Geovanny Martinez, Chicago, Ill.
106 lbs/male: Bruce Cardington, Brooklyn, N.Y.
106 lbs/female: Monica Van Pelt, Toledo, Ohio
110 lbs/male: Tyrone Arzeno, Allentown, Pa.
114 lbs/male: Carlos Balderas, Santas Monica, Calif.
119 lbs/female: Jasmine Hampton, Ann Arbor, Mich.
119 lbs/male: Efren Lopez, Fresno, Calif.
125 lbs/male: Christian Bermudez, Brooklyn, N.Y.
132 lbs/male: Nasir Jones, Philadelphia, Pa.
138 lbs/male: Marc Dawson, Philadelphia, Pa.
145 lbs/male: Edgar Berlanga, New York, N.Y.
154 lbs/female: Samantha Kinchen, Lexington, Ky.
154 lbs/male: Malik Hawkins, Baltimore, Md.
165 lbs/male: Jason Bell, District Heights, Md.
178 lbs/male: Michael Barretto, Minneapolis, Minn.
201 lbs/male: Calvin Countesss, Abingdon, Md.
108 lbs/male: Leroy Davila, North Brunswick, N.J.
114 lbs/male: Shawn Simpson, Chicago, Ill.
119 lbs/female: Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y.
123 lbs/male: Gary Salazar, Fresno, Calif.
125 lbs/female: Tiara Brown, Lehigh Acres, Fla.
132 lbs/female: Rashida Ellis, Lynn, Mass.
132 lbs/male: Kenneth Sims, Jr., Chicago, Ill.
141 lbs/female: Bertha Aracil, Yonkers, N.Y.
141 lbs/male: Erickson Lubin, Orlando, Fla.
152 lbs/male: Rashidi Ellis, Lynn, Mass.
165 lbs/female: Claressa Shields, Flint, Mich.
165 lbs/male: Daniel Valdivia, Tulare, Calif.
178 lbs/male: D’Mitrius Ballard, Temple Hills, Md.
201 lbs/male: Joshua Temple, St. Louis, Mo.
201+ lbs/male: Charles Martin, Carson, Calif.