(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – USA Boxing’s National Team athletes will enjoy a busy schedule in 2013 as the organization works to prepare the United States’ top athletes for the world’s best Olympic-style boxers. The 2013 International Calendar is slated to include 18 different international events, the most for USA Boxing since 1988.
With the hiring of USA Boxing International Teaching Coach Pedro Roque last year, USA Boxing has placed an increased emphasis on international competition. Coach Roque and the High Performance staff have created a calendar of events that will provide Team USA with valuable international experience.
“Creating a strong and effective international calendar is a key component of USA Boxing’s high performance plan and we believe that the 2013 calendar that Coach Roque and our staff have developed will give our athletes the valuable experience they need to be successful against the world’s best Olympic-style boxers,” said USA Boxing Executive Director Anthony Bartkowski.
Team USA started the year with an impressive performance at the Independence Cup as the squad’s eight athletes won seven medals at the tournament, including gold medals by flyweight Shawn Simpson (Chicago, Ill.) and light welterweight Erickson Lubin (Kissimmee, Fla.). Prior to traveling to the Dominican Republic, the team joined Coach Roque at the Olympic Training Center for the first of several educational training camps planned for 2013.
The 2013 AIBA Men’s World Championships, October 4-20 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, will highlight the elite men’s international schedule in the fall. The elite male winners from the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships next month will represent Team USA in Kazakhstan. Prior to traveling to Kazakhstan, the team will take part in as many as seven training camps and four international competitions in Ukraine, Chile and Puerto Rico to prepare them for the diverse styles they will see at the World Championships.
The junior men (15 and 16-year-olds) will compete in World Championships action in 2013 as well; with their premier event taking place August 17-26 in Kiev, Ukraine. The junior males earned their berths at the inaugural Junior World Team Open in January. They will enjoy the opportunity to participate in an unprecedented five preparatory training camps prior to traveling overseas. In addition to the training opportunities with Coach Roque, the young boxers will travel to two international competitions, gaining experience against top boxers from Europe and their counterparts in south, central and north America.
Following the debut of women’s boxing at the Olympic Games, the female boxers in both the junior and elite age divisions will enjoy numerous training and competitive opportunities in 2013. For the first time, USA Boxing will host a training camp solely focused on junior females prior to a tournament in Finland in March. They will participate in a training camp later in the spring as well.
Although the Women’s World Championships only take place in even-numbered years, the elite women will still compete in international tournaments both in Europe and closer to home in central America. The U.S. team enjoyed great success at the 2012 Continental Championships and the elite women will return to the event in May in Venezuela in addition to competitions in central America later in the summer. Additional competitive opportunities are currently being finalized for late 2013 to give the elite women beneficial international experience opportunities.
The 2013 International Calendar is subject to change and the rosters for all of USA Boxing’s international events will be released shortly before each competition.