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BOXING: 2008 U.S. Future Stars National Boxing Championship Participants are Set

March 03, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.)-Following several months of qualifying competition, the 2008 U.S. Future Stars National Championships participants have been set. Over 270 of the top male and female boxers from across the United States have earned berths in the event, which will be contested March 9-14 at the Olympic Training Complex in Colorado Springs. The men's side boasts 24 Olympic Team Trials for Boxing participants, four Junior Olympic Champions making the jump to the senior level and one returning champion from the 2007 event. Bantamweight Ronny Rios (Santa Ana, Calif.) took home two national championships in 2007, winning both the U.S. Championships and Golden Gloves and he is back in 2008, hoping for another outstanding year. Two-time Junior Olympic national champion Louie Byrd (Denver, Colo.) will compete in his first senior level tournament after tremendous success at the amateur level. He is joined by 2007 Junior Olympic national champions: flyweight Johnny Determan (Omaha, Neb.), flyweight Raul Lopez (Bronx, N.Y.); and welterweight Wesley Padilla (Rock Springs, Wyo.). On the women's side, eleven current or former national champions will take the ring at the Olympic Training Center. Record-breaking five-time national champion, Cheryl Houlihan (Santee, Calif.) will compete for her sixth straight gold medal, competing in the flyweight division. Two-time national champion and World Championships bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) will make her third straight trip to Colorado Springs, as she looks to defend her title in the light flyweight division. Three-time middleweight national champion Franchon Crews (Capitol Heights, Md.) has dropped down to the light middleweight division for the 2008 edition of the event. She could face two-time welterweight national champion Lisa Kuronya (Portland, Maine) in her new light middleweight class. The 2008 U.S. Future Stars National Championship will showcase many of the current and future stars of the sport of amateur boxing. New computer scoring systems will be utilized in the premier amateur boxing national championship. For the first time the United States will use the same equipment that will be showcased in the 2008 Olympic Games and was on display at the recent AIBA World Championships. In addition, the scoring will be shown in the arena for the fans to keep up with the action. Preliminary action will kick off on March 9 and run through March 11, semifinal competition will be contested on March 12, the women will compete in final round bouts on March 13 and the men's championship contests will take place on March 14. Tickets start at only $2 and for more information, go to 2008 U.S. Future Stars National Championship Schedule Sunday, March 9: Noon and 6 p.m. (Preliminary Bouts) Monday, March 10: Noon and 6 p.m. (Preliminary Bouts) Tuesday, March 11: Noon and 6 p.m. (Preliminary Bouts) Wednesday, March 12: Noon and 6 p.m. (Semifinal Bouts) Thursday, March 13: 7 p.m. (Women's Championship Bouts) Friday, March 14: 7 p.m. (Men's Championship Bouts) All competition will take place in Sportscenter I at the U.S. Olympic Training Complex 2008 U.S. Future Stars National Championship Rosters Men's Roster Light flyweight/106 lbs/48kg Keola McKee,Wailuku, Hawaii-Hawaii (2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant) Gino Padilla, Las Vegas, Nev. - PAL Micheal Benedosso, Ft. Huachuca, Ariz. - Army Stephon Young, St. Louis, Mo. - Heartland Fabian Cervantes, Ableta, Calif. - Great West Hector Torres, New Haven Conn. - Northeast Oscar Cantu, Kingsville, Texas - Texas Sergio Ramerez, Omaha, Neb. - North Mid-West Louie Byrd, Denver, Colo. - Four Corners (Two-time Junior Olympic National Champion) Malcom Franklin, Colorado Springs, Colo.-At-large (2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant) Flyweight/112 lbs/51 kg Michael Ruiz, Jr., Fresno, Calif. - Central Pacific Bruno Escalante Jr., Waimanalo, Hawaii-Hawaii (2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant) Louie Padilla, Las Vegas, Nev. - PAL Terail Singleton, St. Louis, Mo. - Heartland Randy Caballero, Coachella, Calif. - Great West Raul Lopez, Bronx, N.Y. - Northeast (2007 Junior Olympic National Champion) Adam Lopez, San Antonio, Texas - Texas Johnny Determan, Omaha, Neb. - North Mid-West (2007 Junior Olympic National Champion) Jorge Rosario, Chesterfield, Mich. - Great Lakes Mike Herrera, Arroyo Seco, N.M. - Four Corners Daniel Lozano, Bowling Green, Fla.-At-large (2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant) BANTAMWEIGHT/119 lbs/51 kg Roman Morales, San Ardo, Calif. - Central Pacific Isaiah Manalo, Waimanalo, Hawaii - Hawaii John Franklin, Fort Carson, Colo.-Army (2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant) Laundale Williams, Prichard, Ala. - Southeast Shawn Nichol, Lakewood, Colo. - PAL Aaron Loya, St. Louis, Mo. - Heartland Teddy Padilla, Las Vegas, Nev. - Great West Luis Rosa, East Haven, Conn. - Northeast Jerrel Barbour, Tacoma, Wash. - Pacific Northwest Jerry Guevarra, Brownsville, Texas - Texas Juan Brisenia, Kansaba, Wis. - North Mid-West Kevin Lamont Rivers, Oxon Hill, Md. - East Central Johnnie Roland, Cape Code, Fla. - Southeast Coast Antonio Nieves, Cleveland, Ohio - Great Lakes Ronny Rios, Santa Ana, Calif. - Golden Gloves (2007 National Champion and U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant) Paul Romero, Phoenix, Ariz. - Four Corners David Clark, San Diego, Calif.-At-large (Two-time U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant) FEATHERWEIGHT/125 lbs/57 kg Guy L.A. Robb Jr., Sacramento, Calif. - Central Pacific Lean Gumboc, Wailuku, Hawaii - Hawaii Alexis Ramos, Fort Carson, Colo.-Army (2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant) David Green, Monroe, La.-Southeast Derrick Murray, St. Louis, Mo. - Heartland Lesley Walker, Las Vegas, Nev. - Great West Danny Aquino, Meriden, Conn. - Northeast Jesse Carnell, Jerome, Idaho - Pacific Northwest Andre Ramirez, Camp Lejune, N.C. - USMC Mercedes Manriquez, Houston, Texas - Texas Naquan Smalls, Marrinette, Wis. - North Mid-West Rosey, Summerville, Sumter, S.C. - Air Force (2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant) Glenn T. Dezurn, Baltimore, Md. - East Central Nicholas Chin, Pt. Saint Lucie, Fla. - Southeast Coast Ryan Schmidt, Grand Rapids, Mich. - Great Lakes Vincent Montoya, Cheyenne, Wyo. - Wymondak Robert Rodriguez, Evans, Colo. - Four Corners (2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant) LIGHTWEIGHT/132 lbs/60 kg Eric Alta Mirano, Concord, Calif. - Central Pacific Isaac Arasato, Honolulu, Hawaii - Hawaii Connor Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo. - Army Shemuel Pagan, Brooklyn, N.Y.-PAL (2008 U.S. Olympic T eam Trials participant) Adam Davis, Leeds, Ala. - Southeast Jaron Singleton, St. Louis, Mo. - Heartland Jose Roman, Garden Grove, Calif. - Great West Chazz McDowell, Mt. Vernon, N.Y. - Northeast Andre Keys, Tacoma, Wash. - Pacific Northwest Edgar Ramirez, Camp Lejeune, N.C. - USMC Eric Fowler, Montgomery, Texas - Texas Adrian Martinez, Milwaukee, Wis. - North Mid-West Chance Yearwood, Charleston, S.C. - Air Force Cordaro Simpkins, Chesapeake, Va. - East Central Braden Wallace, Alpharetta, Ga. - Southeast Coast Brett Simmons, East Cleveland, Ohio - Great Lakes Duran Caferrero, Helena, Mont.-Wymondak (2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant) Fidel Alfred Maldonado, Albuquerque, N.M. - Four Corners Miguel Gonzalez, Cleveland, Ohio-At-large (2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant) Jesse Carradine, Cincinnati, Ohio/NMU-NMU LIGHT WELTERWEIGHT/141 lbs/64 kg Michael A. Morales, Bay Point, Calif. - Central Pacific Earl Fitts III, Wailuku, Hawaii - Hawaii Adrian Orrostieta, Brandenton, Fla. - Army Charles Watson, Johnson City, Tenn. - Southeast Jamal James, Minneapolis, Minn. - PAL Jeff Strum, Wichita, Kansas - Heartland Luis Mora, Los Angeles, Calif. - Great West Michael Brooks, Oceanside, N.Y. - Northeast Juan Ulloa, Bend, Ore. - Pacific Northwest Samuel Martinez, Camp Lejeune, N.C.-USMC (2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant) Jermoll Charlo, Houston, Texas - Texas Oscar Soto, St. Paul, Minn. - North Mid-West David Russell, Pope Air Force Base, N.C. - Air Force Emanuel Taylor, Edgewood, Md. - East Central Jared Robinson, Sumter, S.C. - Southeast Coast Adrian Granados, North Riverside, Ill. - Great Lakes Ryan Soft, McLaughlin, S.D. - Wymondak Ronnie Reams, Colorado Springs, Colo. - Four Corners Daniel O'Connor, Framingham, Mass.-At-large (2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant) Andre Sherard, Milwaukee, Wis.-At-large (2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant) Tremaine Woodard, Marquette, Mich. - NMU WELTERWEIGHT/152 lbs/69 kg: Jaime Valdez, Tulare, Calif. - Central Pacific Kolten Foo, Waipahu, Hawaii - Hawaii Rodrigo Garcia, Santa Ana, Calif. - PAL Nathaniel Hicks Fort Gordon, Ga. - Army Orlando Utsey, Little Rock, Ark. - Heartland Anthony Campbell, Covington, Tenn. - Southeast Jose Elizondo, Carson, Nev. - Great West Glen Tapia, Passaic, N.J. - Northeast John Peak, Jr., Seatac, Wash. - Pacific Northwest Erral Spence, Desoto, Texas - Texas Javontae Starks, Maples, Minn. - North Mid-West Joshua Gomez, El Paso, Texas - Air Force Albert King, Kingsbay, Ga. - Navy Jeremiah Wiggins, Newport News, Va. - East Central William Waters, Phenix City, Ala. - Southeast Coast Leandro White, Detroit, Mich. - Great Lakes Wesley Padilla, Rock Springs, Wyo.-Wymondak (2007 Junior Olympic National Champion) Arturo Crespin, Las Vegas, N.M, - Four Corners Greg Carter, Waterbury, Conn.-At-large MIDDLEWEIGHT/165 lbs/75 kg Richard Hargraves, San Francisco, Calif. - Central Pacific Kainoa Oca-Kauhane, Honolulu, Hawaii - Hawaii Zacchaeus Hardrick, Fort Carson, Colo.-Army (2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant) Keandrae Leatherwood, Tuscaloosa, Ala. - Southeast Denis Douglin, Morganville, N.J. - PAL Joe Strong, Midwest City, Okla. - Heartland Christopher Chapman, San Diego, Calif. - Great West Aleem Whitfield, Geneva, N.Y. - Northeast Micheal Gavronski, North Bend, Wash. - Pacific Northwest Jonathan Culbertson, Camp Lejeune, N.C. - USMC Chap Huggins, Ft. Worth, Texas - Texas Ceresso Fort, St. Paul, Minn. - North Mid-West Thomas Jacobs, Bonaire, Ga. - Air Force James Taylor, San Diego, Calif. - Navy Jesse Hart, Philadelphia, Pa. - East Central Lamar Russ, Fayetville, N.C. - Southeast Coast Ramon Valenzuela, Chicago, Ill. - Great Lakes Andre Penn, Rapids City, S.D. - Wymondak Jesus Correa, Albuquerque, N.M. - Four Corners Shawn Porter, Stow, Ohio-At-large (2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant) Luis Arias, Milwaukee, Wis.-At-large (2006 Cadet World Championships silver medalist) Dominic Wade, Largo, Md.-At-large (2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant) LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT/178 lbs/81 kg Joseph Gumina, San Mateo, Calif. - Central Pacific Nainoa Seitz, Honolulu, Hawaii - Hawaii Jeffery Spencer, Fort Carson, Colo.-Army (2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant) Dorian Anthony, Lynwood, Calif. - PAL Tyrone Davis, Monroe, La. - Southeast Jeff Page, Andover, Kansas - Heartland Framanu Pritchard, Long Beach, Calif. - Great West Lionell Thompson, Buffalo, N.Y. - Northeast Marquice Weston, Tacoma, Wash. - Pacific Northwest Kelly Buchanan, Cosicana, Texas - Texas Micheal Falk, St. Paul, Minn. - North Mid-West Rodney Ellison Jr., Cheyene, Wyo. - Air Force Jerry Martin, Norfolk, Va. - Navy Thomas Williams, Laurel, Md. - East Central Abdulah Dobey, Miami, Fla. - Southeast Coast Terrell Gausha, Cleveland, Ohio - Great Lakes Adam Axelson, Bozeman, Mont. - Wymondak Andrew Hernandez, Phoenix, Ariz. - Four Corners Siju Shabazz, Las Cruces, N.M.-At-large (2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant) DeRae Crane, Marquette, Mich. - NMU HEAVYWEIGHT/201 lbs/91 kg Melvin A. Holland, Fairfield, Calif. - Central Pacific Matt Monkewiczm, Honolulu, Hawaii - Hawaii Andrew Shepherd, Fort Carson, Colo.-Army (2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant) Michael Bissett, Smyrna, Tenn. - Southeast Joey Dawejko, Philadelphia, Pa. - PAL Jeremiah Graziano, Lenexa, Kansas - Heartland James Thomas, San Diego, Calif. - Great West David Thompson, Brooklyn, N.Y. - Northeast David Imoesiri, Seattle, Wash. - Pacific Northwest Jerome Amato, Camp Lejeune, N.C. - USMC Craig Baker, Baytown, Texas - Texas Donnovan Dennis, Davenport, Iowa - North Mid-West James Sterling Jr., APO - Air Force Paul Koon, Philadelphia, Pa. - East Central Yuwshua Zadok, Atlanta, Ga. - Southeast Coast Craig Lewis, Detroit, Mich. - Great Lakes Sifou Sua, Murray, Utah - Four Corners David Carey, Anchorage, Alaska-At-large (2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant) SUPER HEAVYWEIGHT/201+ lbs/91+ kg Rodney Hernandez, Modesto, Calif. - Central Pacific Keenyn Pahio, Honolulu, Hawaii - Hawaii Jabril Temple, St. Louis, Mo. - Heartland Andrew Deon Shepard, Ft. Carson, Colo. - Army Anthony Webster, Birmingham, Ala. - Southeast Alex Rivera, Coachella, Calif. - Great West Tor Hamer, New York, N.Y. - Northeast Lester King, Lacey, Wash. - Pacific Northwest Josue Torres, Camp Lejeune, N.C. - USMC Darlington Agha, Richmond, Texas - Texas Toby Batie, Cedar Rapids, Iowa - North Mid-West Javon Wallace, Fort Worth, Texas - Navy Tavon Sol, Baltimore, Md. - East Central Lenroy Thompson, Pt. Saint Lucie, Fla. - Southeast Coast (2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials participant) Jamey Medlock, Country Club Hills, Ill. - Great Lakes Theon Pappas, Rapids City, S.D. - Wymondak Terrance Perro, Denver, Colo. - Four Corners Women's Rosters 95 LBS Gina Ramos, Honolulu, Hawaii PINWEIGHT/101 LBS/46 KG Colleen Loo, Mililani, Hawaii - Hawaii Sadie Roberts, Hudson, Iowa - North Mid-West (2007 National Champion) Sylvia Villapondo, Houston, Texas - Texas Brittany Walker, Beach Island, S.C. - Southeast Coast Samantha Guzman, Oak Park, Ill. - Great Lakes LIGHT FLYWEIGHT/106 LBS/48 KG Amber Goodwin, San Jose, Calif. - Central Pacific Evonne Amantial-Williams - Hawaii Kathrine Rodriguez, Riverside, Calif. - PAL Marlen Esparza, Houston, Texas (two-time national champion) - Texas FLYWEIGHT/110 LBS/50 KG Courtney Ogawa, Mountain View, Calif. - Central Pacific Amaris Quintana, San Diego, Calif. - Great West Gina D'Andrea, Baltimore, Md. - East Central Cheryl Houlihan, Santee, Calif. (Five-time national champion) LIGHT BANTAMWEIGHT/114 LBS/52 KG Latonya King, Warren, Mich. Keisher McLeod, Brooklyn, N.Y. - Northeast Kristin Peterson, Chicago, Ill. - Great Lakes Amy Sowers, Bozeman, Mont. - Wymondak Nicole Pasillas, Aurora, Colo. - Four Corners BANTAMWEIGHT/119 LBS/54 KG Raelene Pineda, San Bernardino, Calif. - Great West Teresa O'Toole, North Hollywood, Calif. (two-time national champion) - PAL Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y. (2007 National Champion) - Northeast Kayla Combs, Lubbock, Texas - Texas Latonya King, Warren Mich. - Great Lakes Cynthia Moreno, Phoenix, Ariz. - Four Corners FEATHERWEIGHT/125 LBS/57 KG Patricia Manuel, Gardena, Calif. - Great West Cherrie Moyer Golden City, N.Y. - Army Jody-Ann Weller, Pomona, N.Y. - Northeast Stephanie Eggink, Bellingham, Wash. (2007 National Champion) - Pacific Northwest Alexandria Cardenas, San Angelo, Texas - Texas Victoria Munoz-Cardoza, Dallas, Texas Ashley Barnett, Cleveland, Ohio - Great Lakes (2005 National Champion) LIGHTWEIGHT/132 LBS/60 KG Katonya Fisher, Bakersfield, Calif. - PAL Liz Leddy, Portland, Maine - Northeast Jessica Chambers, Tacoma, Wash. - Pacific Northwest Sarrah Schmadle, Marinette, Wis. - North Mid-West Stephanie Han, El Paso, Texas - Texas Camille Currie, Brooklyn, N.Y. Geni Taylor, Marrero, La. - Southeast Althea Saunders, Atlantic City, N.J. - East Central Jacqueline Hernandez, Cummings, Ga. - Southeast Coast Racheal Gray, Chicago, Ill. - Great Lakes LIGHT WELTERWEIGHT/138 LBS/63 KG Kara Potter, San Jose, CA - Central Pacific Triva Pino, Honolulu, Hawaii - Hawaii Kimberly Rose, San Diego, Calif. - PAL Wendy Casey, Binghampton, N.Y. - Northeast Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash. - Pacific Northwest (2007 National Champion) Katy Klinfeter, Iowa City, Iowa - North Mid-West Crystal Wortman, Panama City, Fla. - Air Force Jessica Owens, Norfolk, Va. - Navy Ishika C. Lay, Jacksonville, Fla. - Southeast Coast Kristin Gearhart, Oak Park, Ill. - Great Lakes WELTERWEIGHT/145 LBS/66 KG Christina Swanson, Hollywood, Fla. - PAL Dariana Casado, New York, N.Y. - Northeast Jacki Peterson, Vancover, Wash. - Pacific Northwest Jennifer Fenn, Cedar Creek, Texas - Texas Suzana Rodriguez, Plymouth, Ind. Brittany Inkrote, Red Lion, Pa. Nikisha Copeland, Aiken, S.C. - Southeast Coast Vanessa Jackson, Columbus, Ohio - Great Lakes LIGHT MIDDLEWEIGHT/154 LBS/70 KG Heather Hartman, Hayward, Calif. - Central Pacific DeQuesa Martinez, Denver, Colo. - PAL Lisa Kuronya, Portland, Maine (two-time national champion) - Northeast Grace Parks, Bellingham, Wash. - Pacific Northwest Maria Torres, Norfolk, Neb. - North Mid-West Bambi Manzo, Baytown, Texas - Texas Tia Daniels, Palm Bay, Fla. - Southeast Coast Franchon Crews, Capitol Heights, Md. (three-time middleweight national champion) - East Central MIDDLEWEIGHT/165 LBS/75 KG Lindsey Taylor, Monroe, La. - Southeast Meredith A. Della Giustina, Lexington, Ky. - Great Lakes LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT/176 LBS/80 KG Meredith Hilderman, Waipahu, Hawaii - Hawaii Jaclyn Nichols, Berlin, N.J. Elizabeth Sabatier, Tombell, Texas - Texas HEAVYWEIGHT/189 LBS/86 KG Denise Rico, Los Angeles, Calif. - Great West Victoria Perez, Ventura, Calif. - PAL Anne Gibbon, Annapolis, Md. - Navy (2007 National Champion) Nikki Cane, Wendell, N.C. - Southeast Coast Tiffany Hearn, Louisville, Ky. - Great Lakes SUPER HEAVYWEIGHT/189+ LBS/86+ KG Angela Sperry, Helena, Mont. - Wymondak