2014 Junior Olympic National Championships Info

May 07, 2014, 2:15 p.m. (ET)


USA Boxing’s Junior Olympic National Championships will enjoy a new venue for the 2014-2016 editions of the tournament. The United States’ best 15 and 16-year-old boxers will travel to Charleston, W. Va., in the hopes of winning a highly coveted Junior Olympic National Championship title. The 2014 tournament will mark the first edition of a three-year stay in Charleston for the premier junior national championship event.

“The Junior Olympic National Championship tournament is consistently one of the highlights of USA Boxing’s national event calendar and we know that the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau is going to help us put on a fantastic event for our young athletes,” said USA Boxing Interim Executive Director Lynette Smith. “So many great names have come through the Junior Olympic program and I know that we will see some future stars emerge from this year’s event as well.

Young athletes from USA Boxing’s 14 geographical regions and the 2014 Junior Open champions will join the age-eligible titlists from the 2013 event at the Charleston Civic Center, June 11-14, for 2014 Junior Olympic National Championships action.

Local and regional qualifiers are currently taking place throughout the United States to determine the athletes who will compete in the 13 junior weight divisions in Charleston.  Athletes must have been born in 1998 and 1999 to be eligible for the national tournament and action will take place in both the male and female divisions.

The first round of athlete rosters will be released in early June following the completion of regional qualifying action.


USA Boxing’s Junior Olympic program is a critical developmental pipeline for the organization and has consistently produced future Olympians and professional world champions. 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) won the 2011 event in Mobile prior to claiming the first-ever middleweight gold in women’s Olympic boxing action.  The 2013 tournament will be the 42nd Junior National Championships in the program’s storied history. Full weight class rosters will be released prior to the event.