Over 350 boxers began their quest for a National Championships at the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah on the first day of competition of the 2018 USA Boxing Elite and Youth National Championships & Junior and Prep Open.
The first day of competition got started with the junior and prep bouts, which was highlighted by 2017 Junior National Champions Joel Iriarte (Bakersfield, Calif.), Faith Mendez (Reading, Pa.) and Trinidad Vargas (Grand Prairie, Texas). All three boxers picked up first round victories to advance to the next round of competition and get one step closer to win their second Junior National Championship title.
The second session of the day featured youth and elite boxers. The first night of action for the elite boxers featured two World Championship medalists from 2017, Troy Isley (Alexandria, Va.) and Duke Ragan (Cincinnati, Ohio) had impressive first round performances to advance to the next round, while 2018 Elite Women’s World Championships team member Amelia Moore (Alexandria, Va.) and Latonya Wingate (Detroit, Mich.) picked up the first wins in the women’s division.
The youth division saw a handful of 2017 Junior National Champions competing in their first Youth National Championships taking victories and advancing to the next round of competition.
Longtime USA Boxing member Angel Villarreal was honored at the start of the first session with the Pete Suazo Humanitarian Award, which was presented by Becky Suazo and Utah Speaker of the House Greg Hughes.
Boxing will continue tomorrow with two more sessions taking place at noon and 6:00 p.m. MST. All the action can be seen on our free live stream by clicking here, as well as bout sheets, news, photos and results throughout the week.