The week-long 2018 USA Boxing Elite and Youth National Championships & Junior and Prep Open concluded last night at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The evening started with the final two junior male championships before the youth finalists stepped into the ring looking to punch their ticket to Team USA’s Youth High Performance Team, which earns them a spot to attend national training camps at the United States Olympic Training Center, as well as potentially represent Team USA in international competition.
Four boxers that were Junior National Champions last year made the transition to Youth National Champions this year, including Angel Barrientes (Las Vegas, Nev.), Dante Benjamin (Toledo, Ohio), Nashay Bradford (Toledo, Ohio) and Xander Zayas (Plantation, Fla.). Zayas was announced Outstanding Youth Male Boxer of the Tournament following the conclusion of the tournament.
2018 Youth World Champion Iyana Verduzco (Los Angeles, Calif.) closed out her successful 2018 with her second Youth National Title, as well as being named Outstanding Youth Female Boxer of the Tournament.
The tournament concluded with exciting matchups in the elite finale bouts. Three boxers, Krystal Dixon (New Rochelle, N.Y.), Virginia Fuchs (Houston, Texas) and Oshae Jones (Toledo, Ohio), picked up their third elite national title in a row, while a total of five boxers became back-to-back elite national champions.
At the conclusion of the night Rashida Ellis (Lynn, Mass.) was named Outstanding Elite Female Boxer, while Rahim Gonzales (Las Vegas, Nev.) was awarded Outstanding Elite Male Boxer of the Tournament.
The first elite performance team national training camp will begin early Jan. 2019 to begin the team’s preparation for a very busy and important year.
This year’s National Championships brought over 700 boxers into the ring hoping to grab a national title to close out the year.