First Champions Crowned on Second Day of 2018 National Championships

Dec. 05, 2018, 10:44 p.m. (ET)

The second day of the 2018 USA Boxing Elite and Youth National Championships & Junior and Prep Open in Salt Lake City, Utah saw the first set of champions crowned in the pee wee and bantam divisions, while the other divisions got one step closer to their championship bouts.

The first session of the day once again featured the junior and prep boxers looking to close out 2018 with a national title. Five champions were crowned at the end of the session, along with the recognition of the 15 unopposed champions prior to the start of the evening session. A list of all unopposed champions can be found below.

The evening session saw the highly anticipated elite debut of two-time World Champion and 2018 Youth Olympic Games bronze medalist Heaven Garcia (El Monte, Calif.) step into the ring. Garcia’s victory lands her in Friday’s semifinals, where she will face longtime Team USA member and two-time Elite World Championships bronze medalist Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.) in what is expected to be one of the highlights of these championships.

Two of Cruz’s 2018 Elite Women’s World Championships teammates made their tournament debuts, Oshae Jones (Toledo, Ohio) and Rianna Rios (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and picked up victories to advance to their respective semifinal bouts.

Rios will face another talented youth boxer making their  anticipated elite debut, Isamary Aquino (Universal City, Texas), the two-time Youth World Championships bronze medalists, in Friday’s semifinal bout.

The elite and youth male divisions closed out the evening session with some impressive bouts that got the crowds attention as they boxed to advance one step closer to Saturday’s championship bouts.

Another day of two sessions of boxing action will continue tomorrow from the Salt Palace Convention Center. Click here to follow all the action from these championships, including live stream, results and photos.

Unopposed Champions


29 kg/Pee Wee 9-10 - Marley McNealy, San Francisco, Calif.

34 kg/Bantam - Laila Zakirova, Staten Island, N.Y.

50 kg/Bantam - Yasmin Rosales, Milwaukee, Wisc.

50 kg/Intermediate - Leslie Chavez, Fairburn, Ga.

57 kg/Intermediate - Jada Inglese, Mt. Vernon, N.Y.

70 kg/Intermediate - Casiphia Arnold, Hillsboro, Oregon

80 kg/Junior - Destin Cameron, McLaughlin, S.D.


23 kg/Pee Wee 9-10 - Arsen Khanimov, Brooklyn, N.Y.

39 kg/Pee Wee 9-10 - Timothy Guyton, Waimanalo, Hawaii

54 kg/Bantam - Francisco Jesus Aleman, Fresno, Calif.

70 kg/Bantam - Jerome Padilla, Rock Springs, Wyo.

63 kg/Intermediate - Lino Ponce, Victor, Montana