More than 670 boxers from across the United States have registered and weighed in for the first-ever Elite and Youth National Championships and Junior Open, Dec. 5-10 at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Athletes ranging from ages 14 to 40 will compete in the last USA Boxing national event of the calendar year. The 2016 National Championships is the first time USA Boxing will combine the Elite and Youth National Championships as one event.
With a talented mix of male and female boxers traveling to Kansas City across all age groups, the event is sure to be a week filled with action. Athletes and coaches arrived in Missouri for on-site registration and the tournament draw on Sunday, December 4 before the start of competition on December 5. An array of national junior, youth and elite champions are slated to compete.
Tournament action will begin on the evening December 5 and run through Saturday, December 10 at the KCI Expo Center with two sessions on every tournament day through December 9. The tournament will conclude with one final evening session on Saturday, December 10 as ten men and ten women will vie for the coveted elite national title. Admission for the event will be free of charge throughout the week until Saturday’s Elite finale. Starting at $15, tickets are available for purchase online and at the venue for a can’t miss conclusion to the event. A full schedule of session times will be available at the start of the tournament. The full event will be available to watch on live stream, click here to learn more.
The Elite and Youth National Championships have produced some of boxing’s most notable athletes including Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward, two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields and 2016 Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson who all got their start making their way through the ranks of USA Boxing national tournaments. Olympian Mikaela Mayer, newly crowned Youth World Champion Delante Johnson and multi-national champion Cam F. Awesome will be looking to add another national title to their list of accolades. After a successful showing at this year’s Rio Olympic Games, USA Boxing’s High Performance team will be in attendance to begin scouting talent for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
CLICK HERE FOR YOUTH TOURNAMENT BRACKETS.
CLICK HERE FOR JUNIOR TOURNAMENT BRACKETS.
Monday, December 5