Top 17 Moments of 2017

Dec. 26, 2017, 12:15 p.m. (ET)

2017 was one of the most successful years for USA Boxing, and we would like to take a look back at the top 17 moments of 2017!

17. Western and Eastern Elite Qualifiers


In 2017 USA Boxing added two new national tournaments, the Western and Eastern Elite Qualifiers and Regional Open Championships. Both Albuquerque and Chattanooga served as qualification pathways for our National Championships for our elite division. Both cities will serve as host once more for the 2018 Qualifiers.

16.   Multi-Nation Camps

USA Boxing Elite High Performance members participated in numerous camps in Colorado Springs, as well as around the world. This year also saw many multi-nation camps take place. Teams from Australia, Finland and Great Britain all participated in camps at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, while Team USA’s elite men traveled to Kazakhstan for a multi-nation camp.

15.   International Success

Team USA participated in eight international tournaments this year and brought home a total of 35 medals, including 11 gold, 9 silver and 15 bronze medals! One of the top performances include the Youth Men’s team at the Bradenburg Cup in Germany, where they brought home three golds and two silvers, as well as Jarrad Anderson winning Boxer of the Tournament.

14.   LBC Workshops

USA Boxing headquarters opened their doors this year to over 100 LBC leaders for two weekends of workshops that included topics such as policies and procedures manual, financial reports, internal controls, budgets, officials and coaches certifications, as well as high performance.

13.  Success Outside the Ring

Before Marc Castro and Richard Torrez won their first Elite National Championships, they were awarded the honor of being their respective high school’s valedictorians. They are just two of the many examples of what USA Boxing is about, helping our youth be successful both inside and outside the ring.

12.  USA Boxing Alumni in the Pro’s

Our USA Boxing Alumni shined this year in the professional ranks. Some of the highlights for our alumni include  2016 Olympic Champion Claressa Shields defeating Nikki Adler to take the WBC super-middleweight belt and the vacant IBF super-middleweight belt, 2004 Olympic Champion Andre Ward ending his career with a victory over Sergey Kovalev, as well as the impressive debuts of 2016 Olympian Mikaela Mayer and 2016 Olympic silver medalist Shakur Stevenson, just to name a few!

11.  Launch of the USA Boxing Alumni Association


A plan that has been in the making for many years, 2017 saw the green light for the USA Boxing Alumni Association! The association hosted their first annual Hall of Fame reception in early December, which included the induction of Muhammad Ali, Tom Coulter, Evander Holyfield and Roosevelt Sanders. To join the Alumni Association, click here.

10.  Youth Women’s World Championships


Eight of Team USA’s youth female boxers traveled to Guwahati, India for the 2017 Women’s Youth World Championships. The all-Latina team finished an impressive fourth place finish for a team that only had one member having previous international experience. The members of the team included Isamary Aquino, Aidyl Cardenas, Diana Estrada, Heaven Garcia, Romalin Martinez, Sharahya Moreu, Citlalli Ortiz and Amy Salinas.

9.   Elite Men’s World Championships



Team USA left Hamburg, Germany with a total of three medals, the most since 1999, which resulted in a fourth place team finish for a team of only five boxers. Duke Ragan led the way with his silver medal, while teammates Troy Isley and Freddy Rojas left Germany with bronze medals. The two remaining members of the team were Delante Johnson and team captain Quinton Randall.

8.  Billy Walsh

Since taking the role as USA Boxing’s Head Coach, Billy Walsh has helped change the culture and put Team USA back on the boxing map. His accomplishments this year did not go unnoticed, as Coach Walsh took the Coach of the Tournament at the Elite Men’s World Championships and was named one of three finalist for the USOC’s Coach of the Year award!


7.  Isamary Aquino: Bronze at Women’s Youth World Championships


The Universal City, Texas native made a name for herself in her international debut at the 2017 Women’s Youth World Championships, walking away with a bronze medal. Just a week after returning from India, Aquino was back in the ring to win the Youth National Championship title in the 125 lbs. weight class.

6.   Troy Isley: Bronze at Men’s Elite World Championships


Isley was one of the last members of Team USA to qualify to the Men’s Elite World Championships after having to win his box off at the Continental Championships. Having gained international experience throughout the year, these World Championships marked the biggest tournament for the first year elite. Alexandria, Va.’s Isley walked away from Germany with his first world championship medal, a bronze.

5.   Freudis Rojas Jr.: Bronze at Men’s Elite World Championships


After what he described as a disappointing international debut at last year’s Youth World Championships, Rojas of Las Vegas would not let that happen again. Having an impressive run leading up to the World Championships, he did not disappoint in Hamburg, facing some of the biggest names in his weight class, including Olympians and former World Champions. Rojas redeemed himself from his previous World Championship experience with a bronze medal.

4.   13 Medals at Continental Championships

The 2017 Continental Championships in Honduras was one of the most impressive performances for USA Boxing. The team of 20 boxers left the Championships with 13 medals, including 2 golds, 3 silvers and 8 bronzes. Virginia Fuchs and Danielle Perkins gold medals showed they would be gold medal threats at next year’s Women’s Elite World Championships. These championships also qualified the five boxers who went on to represent Team USA at the Elite Men’s World Championships

3.   Citlalli Ortiz: Gold at Women's Youth World Championships



Ortiz, who many saw as the underdog of the championships, had one of the most impressive international debuts. Having faced opponents from top countries like Ireland, Kazakhstan and Russia, Ortiz dominated throughout the tournament to take her first international title. Like her World Championship teammate, she was back in the ring just a few days after returning to India to defend her national title!

2.   Duke Ragan: Silver at Elite Men's World Championships


2017 was a year Ragan will not forget. After having successfully won a gold medal at the Chemistry Cup and a bronze at the Continental Championships, the Cincinnati, Ohio native was ready to take on the world in Hamburg, Germany. Ragan made his way to the championship bout, where he would face a familiar opponent from the Chemistry Cup. However, Ragan fell short but left the World Championships with a silver medal, letting the world know he has a bright future leading up to Tokyo.


1.  Virginia Fuchs: 4 International golds and 18-0 record

Virginia “Ginny” Fuchs was one of the most, if not the most, dominate boxers of 2017. Entering 2017 as one of the veterans for Team USA, Fuchs completed a clean sweep in international competitions this year, taking home four gold medals with a 16-0 record. She also won her bouts in international tournaments with unanimous decisions, except for two split decision victories. Fuchs closed out her impressive year taking two unanimous decision victories in Salt Lake City, Utah at the 2017 USA Boxing Elite National Championships. She now looks ahead to a very important year in 2018 with the Elite Women’s World Championships taking place in India.