18 Things to Look Forward to in 2018

Dec. 30, 2017, 5:07 p.m. (ET)

With 2018 just around the corner, USA Boxing has these 18 things to watch out for in the new year!

Multination Camps: After being a success in 2017, USA Boxing will host multination camps again this year at the Olympic Training Center. Teams from around the world will train alongside

Team USA in Colorado Springs, Colo.

New Membership Opportunities: 2018 will bring some new exciting opportunities for boxing fans! Look for more information in the coming weeks of these opportunities.

Strandja Tournament: The first international tournament for our elite boxers will be the 69th International Boxing Strandja Tournament in Bulgaria. Our delegation will look to have a strong showing at the oldest international amateur boxing competition in Europe.

Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament: Our Youth Male High Performance Squad will get their busy year started early in February at the Pavlyukov Youth Memorial Tournament. Those boxing in Russia will get an early look at who they could potentially face later in 2018 at the Youth World Championships.

Western Elite Qualifier and Regional Open: The 2018 Western Elite Qualifier will return to Albuquerque, N.M. for a second year! This will be the first opportunity for elite boxers to clinch their ticket to the 2018 Elite National Championships. Boxing will take place March 4-10.

Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament: March will be an extremely busy month for USA Boxing, as we will send another delegation of elite boxers to Poland to box for gold at the Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament, which is named after Feliks “Papa” Stamm, a prominent Polish boxing coach who is widely regarded as the father of Polish boxing.

International Duals: This March top boxers from Team USA will face top boxers from Team Ireland in a three -city tour to showcase their talents. More information will be posted on USA Boxing closer to the start of the event! USA Boxing is also working on potentially hosting other international duals later this year.

More Alumni Association Events: After the successful launch of the USA Boxing Alumni Association, 2018 will bring more events for our alumni to attend and gather together! Be on the lookout for a list of events in the coming weeks.

Heydar Aliyev Junior Cup: 2018 will mark the international debut for many of our High Performance members, including our Junior Male team. They will travel to Azerbaijan in May for the Heyday Aliyev Junior Cup!

Youth Continental Championships: The Youth Continental Championships will be just one of numerous international tournaments for a busy year for our top youth boxers. These championships will serve as the qualifier for the Youth Men’s and Women’s World Championships. Also, USA Boxing will be serving as host of these championships in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Junior Olympics, Prep Nationals and Youth Open: At the end of June, USA Boxing members will come together in Charleston, W.Va. for the 2018 Junior Olympics, Prep Nationals and Youth Open Championships! 2017 saw over 650 boxers step into the ring, and we hope for even more this year. This tournament that has produced some of USA Boxing greats, including Andre Ward, Claressa Shields and Shakur Stevenson.

Elite Women’s Continental Championships: Our elite women will look to repeat the success of the 2017 Continental Championships during this summer’s Elite Women’s Continental Championships. These championships will serve as qualifying tournament for their World Championships.

Chemistry Cup: After a successful showing at the 2017 edition, Team USA will return to Germany for the 2018 Chemistry Cup this summer with members of our elite male team looking to improve on the five medals they won in 2017.

Youth World Championships: Both male and female youth divisions will have a World Championships this year. Those who qualify through the Youth Continental Championships will face the best of the world in the second half of the year. For the men, this is the first Youth World Championships since 2016, where Team USA walked away with four medals. The women will be looking to add more medals after bringing home two from this year’s Youth Women’s World Championships.

Youth Olympics: This year the world will come together in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the Youth Olympic Games. Team USA will have the opportunity to send up to four boxers (two male, two female) with the hopes of following in the footsteps of 2014 Youth Olympic Champions Shakur Stevenson and Jajaira Gonzalez.

2018 Eastern Elite Qualifier and Regional Open: The final opportunity for elite boxers to secure their place to the 2018 National Championships which will take place in Chattanooga, Tenn. in October.

Elite Women’s World Championships: Our top elite females will venture to India in late 2018 for their World Championships. Team USA will bring some heavy favorites, including Virginia Fuchs, who will be looking for her first World Championship title after her impressive 2017 18-0 record.

Elite and Youth National Championships & Junior and Prep Open: The final tournament of the 2018 season will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah after a successful tournament earlier this month. This will be where the High Performance teams for 2019 will be determined.