Over 300 Boxers Compete on First Day of 2018 Western Elite Qualifier and Regional Open

March 07, 2018, 12:22 a.m. (ET)

The first day of boxing at the 2018 Western Elite Qualifier and Regional Open in Albuquerque, N.M. saw over 300 boxers step into the ring at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

The prep and youth divisions kicked off the tournament in exciting fashion, with numerous winners from Salt Lake City starting their year off with a bang. The second session featured the junior and elite boxers, with both divisions not disappointing the crowd. 

Prior to the start of the second session 12 unopposed champions were recognized. A full list of unopposed champions is listed below.

This marks the second year USA Boxing has held the Western Elite Qualifier and Regional Open, which serves as the first qualification opportunity for the elite boxers to this year’s National Championship in December. The younger divisions will earn valuable ranking points, as well as experience of boxing at the national level.

Action will continue tomorrow with two more sessions starting at noon. Follow all the action on the free live stream here, as well as find bout sheets, results and more! 


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Unopposed Champions

Pee Wee 8/80 lbs.: Norman Simmons, Willow Springs, N.C.

Pee Wee Female 9-10/70 lbs.: Maria Lopez, San Antonio, Texas

Pee Wee 9-10/110 lbs.: Francisco Jesus Aleman III, Fresno, Calif.

Bantam Female/60 lbs.: Taylor Henry, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Bantam Female/85 lbs.: Starr Henry, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Bantam Female/95 lbs.: Emily Garrison, Rock Springs, Wyo.

Intermediate/65 lbs.: Jason Esparza, Wichita Falls, Texas

Intermediate/85 lbs.: Mariah Bahe, Chinle, Ariz.

Intermediate/176+ lbs.: Jose Picaz, Salinas, Calif.

Youth Female/141 lbs.: Aidyl Cardenas, Calexico, Calif.

Youth Female/152 lbs,: Marle Wendland, Spearfish, S.D.

Elite Female/178 lbs.: Kristen Leija, San Antonio, Texas