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Twenty Three Boxers Head Home with National Titles as the 2016 USA Boxing National Championships End on Saturday Evening

Dec. 11, 2016, 12:59 a.m. (ET)

The 2016 USA Boxing Elite and Youth National Championships and Junior Open came to a close on Saturday night with 23 champions crowned after an exciting week of competition. What began as 677 boxers looking for a shot at national titles ended with a rambunctious crowd of spectators cheering on the final two rings’ bouts at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The final four youth divisions took center stage to begin the evening session before the elite men and women stepped into the ring for their final bouts. 

Local favorite Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) continued his reign of dominance taking home his fifth national title in front of screaming fans in the heavyweight division against Florida native Blake Davis. 2016 Olympian Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) and teammate Christiana Cruz (New York, N.Y.) each grabbed back-to-back titles after wins in the same weight divisions in 2015. Cruz was later named the Outstanding Female Elite Boxer of the Tournament. 

Fresh off a three-week stint in St. Petersburg, Russia, three youth world championship members made a fierce start to their careers in the elite category with title wins. Fernando Martinez (Phoenix, Ariz.) was the first to take the championship win in the 114 weight class. 2016 Youth World Champion Delante Johnson (Cleveland, Ohio) became the nation’s first ranked elite 132-pound boxer less than two weeks after becoming the first in the world in the same youth category. The last member of the St. Petersburg squad to take to the ring was Freudis Rojas (Las Vegas, Nev.) as he added a national and Outstanding Elite Boxer of the Tournament titles to his resume. Fernando Diaz (N. Las Vegas, Nevada) and Na’Shay Bradford (Toledo, Ohio) were named Outstanding Junior Boxers of the Tournament as Diana Estrada (Hillsboro, Oregon) and Lorenzo Simpson (Baltimore, Maryland) took the honors in the youth category. The tournament closed a successful year for USA Boxing as these athletes will look to continue the prosperity of Team USA into the 2017 year at home and abroad. 

Saturday’s Championship Results 

Youth/114 lbs: Derry Noblen, Vacaville, Calif., dec. Malik Nelson, Avenel, N.J., 5-0

Youth/123 lbs: James Browning, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Rogelio Ortega, South Houston, Texas, 5-0 

Youth/132 lbs: Eric Puente, Vista, Calif., dec. Mario Ramos, San Diego, Calif., 5-0

Youth/141 lbs: Wesley DiAna, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Christian Roman, Mercedes, Texas, 4-1

Elite Female/106 lbs: Jacquelyn Cuddleback, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, dec. Hillary Perez, Arlington, Texas, 3-2

Elite/108 lbs: Nicholas Scaturchio, Hartsdale, N.Y., dec. Efrain Sanchez, Garden City, Kans., 4-1

Elite Female/112 lbs: Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas, dec. Marlen Esparza, New York, N.Y., 5-0

Elite /114 lbs: Fernando Martinez, Phoenix, Ariz., dec. Guillermo Gutierrez, San Antonio, Texas, 5-0

Elite Female/119 lbs: Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y., dec. Rianna Rios, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3-2

Elite/123 lbs: Duke Ragan, Cincinnati, Ohio, dec. Shon Mondragon, Commerce City, Colo., 5-0

Elite Female/125 lbs: Wendy Casey, Buffalo, N.Y., won by TKO over Trudy Li, Brooklyn, N.Y., TKO-3

Elite/132 lbs: Delante Johnson, Cleveland, Ohio, dec. Aaron Perez, Albuquerque, N.M., 5-0

Elite Female/132 lbs: Mikaela Mayer, Colorado Springs, Colo., dec. Rashida Ellis, Lynn, Mass., 5-0

Elite/141 lbs: Freudis Rojas, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Frank Martin, Indianapolis, Ind., 3-2

Elite Female/141 lbs: Stacia Suttles, Bronx, N.Y., dec. Amelia Moore, Greenbelt, Md., 4-1

Elite/152 lbs: Quinton Randall, Katy, Texas, dec. Brian Ceballo, New York, N.Y., 3-2

Elite Female/152 lbs: Stephanie Malone, Louisville, KY., dec. Nisa Rodriguez, Bronx, N.Y., 3-2

Elite/165 lbs: Troy Isley, Alexandria, Va., dec. Javier Martinez, Milwaukee, Wisc., 5-0

Elite Female/165 lbs: Oshe Jones, Toledo, Ohio, dec. Naomi Graham, Colorado Springs, Colo., 4-1

Elite/178 lbs: Krystal Dixon, New Rochelle, N.Y., won by TKO over Ariana Borrero, South San Francisco, Calif., TKO-1

Elite/178 lbs: Cymone Kearney, Beaumont, Texas, dec. Sean Hemphill, New Orleans, Louis., 4-1

Elite/201 lbs: Cam Awesome, Lenexa, Kans., dec. Blake Davis, Davie, Fla., 5-0

Elite/201+ lbs: Nkosi Solomon, Brooklyn, N.Y., dec. Daniel Bean, Old Bridge, N.J., 5-0