Elite Men's Field Set for 2018 National Championships

Nov. 29, 2018, 11:16 a.m. (ET)

Nine weight classes will be contested at this year’s USA Boxing Elite National Championships, including two new weight classes, 57 kg and 63 kg. This year’s field consists of numerous returning champions, World Championship medalists, and youth boxers making their elite debuts.


Here is a closer look, including the seeding, for this year’s Elite National Championships Men’s field.


**Boxers and seedings are subject to change**


49 kg


This year’s 49 kg field will consist of two boxers hoping to win a national title in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ephraim Bui (Sugarland, Texas), who won the 2018 Western Qualifier, will have the number one seed, while John Atiles (Cypress, Texas) will be the number two.



  1. Ephraim Bui
  2. John Atiles


52 kg


Two-time Elite National Champion Fernando Martinez (Phoenix, Ariz.) leads the 10-man field as the number one seed and will be looking for his third consecutive flyweight title. 2017 National Championships runner-up Michael Angeletti (Spring, Texas) will hold the second spot. Four boxers previously in the 56 kg weight class will move down to 52 kg: Salaam Gonzalez (Denver, Colo.), Saleto Henderson (Indianapolis, Ind.), Timothy Jarman (St. Louis, Mo.) and Efrain Sanchez (Garden City, Kan.).


  1. Fernando Martinez
  2. Michael Angeletti
  3. Roscoe Hill
  4. Saul Gomez
  5. Abraham Perez
  6. Salaam Gonzales
  7. Guilermo Gutierrez
  8. Timothy Jarman
  9. Efrain Sanchez
  10. Saleto Henderson


57 kg


2017 World Championship silver medalist Duke Ragan (Cincinnati, Ohio) leads the eight man field in this new weight class, with 2017 National Championship silver medalist (54 kg) Raymond Ford (Sicklerville, N.J.) will take the number number two slot. Japhethlee Llamido (Norwalk, Calif.), winner of this year’s Western Qualifier sits third. The second wild card in this weight class, Rajon Chance (East Orange, N.J.), will be making his Elite National Championships debut. Two boxers previously qualified at 60 kg will move down, James Browning (Tempe, Ariz.) and Kevin Montano (Concord, Calif.). Daniel Bailey (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and David Navarro (Los Angeles, Calif.) round out the field.


  1. Duke Ragan
  2. Raymond Ford
  3. Japhethlee Llamido
  4. Daniel Bailey
  5. David Navarro
  6. Kevin Montano
  7. James Browning
  8. Rajon Chance


63 kg


With the new Olympic weight classes, 63 kg will see a mixture of boxers from the previous 60 kg and 64 kg weight classes in contention for this year’s title. 2015 Junior World Champion Harley Mederos (New York, N.Y.) sits at the top of the seeding, followed by Keyshawn Davis (Norfolk, Va.), the 2017 Elite National Champion at 60 kg and winner of numerous international medals in 2018. 2017 light welterweight national silver medalist Charlie Sheehy (Brisbane, Calif.) will drop down to 63 kg and enters these championships in the third slot. A full list of the 11-man field can be seen below.


  1. Harley Mederos
  2. Keyshawn Davis
  3. Charlie Sheehy
  4. Dalis Kaleiopu
  5. John Vallejo
  6. Joseph Macedo
  7. Bruce Carrington
  8. Dorrel Fore
  9. Marcell Davidson
  10. Enmanuel Rojas
  11. Bryson Nuckles


69 kg


One of the most highly anticipated weight classes of this year’s championships will be the welterweight division. Quinton Randall (Katy, Texas) currently ranks in the top 20 in the world and enters these championships in the top seed, with 2017 Elite World Championships bronze medalist Freudis Rojas Jr. (Las Vegas, Nev.) in the number two spot. 2016 Youth World Champion and 2017 Elite light welterweight champion rounds out the top three. However, the field also features boxers that have competed at numerous USA Boxing National tournaments with success, hoping to knock out the favorites.



  1. Quinton Randall
  2. Freudis Rojas Jr.
  3. Delante Johnson
  4. Marcus Davidson
  5. Victor Aranda Jr.
  6. Lavars Carter
  7. Saleem Kelly
  8. Marques Valle
  9. Jaquan McElroy


75 kg


2017 World Championships bronze medalist Troy Isley (Alexandria, Va.) will be looking for his third straight Elite National title as the top seed in the middleweight division, while last year’s runner-up, Javier Martinez (Milwaukee, Wisc.), hopes to knockoff Isley from the top spot in the number two seed.  2018 Western and Eastern Qualifier Champions Austin Williams (Houston, Texas) and Joseph Hicks (Grand Rapids, Mich.) will look for a strong finish in the third and fourth seeds, while the runner-ups of those tournaments, Jorge Tovar (El Paso, Texas) and Sixto Suazo (Smyrna, Ga.) landed in the fifth and six spots. Wild card selections Kah-Shad Elliot (Plainfield, N.J.) and Miguel Teo (Marlboro, Mass.) complete the bracket.



  1. Troy Isley
  2. Javier Martinez
  3. Austin Williams
  4. Joseph Hicks
  5. Jorge Tovar
  6. Sixto Suazo
  7. Miguel Teo
  8. Kah-Shad Elliot


81 kg


2017 Light Heavyweight Elite National Champion Khalil Coe (Jersey City, N.J) had a breakout year on the international stage in 2018, dethroning Cuba’s multiple world champion and Olympic  champion Julio Cesar La Cruz earlier this year in Germany, will be looking to repeat as National Champion in the top spot. Two familiar names that have been a part of Team USA for many years, Sean Hemphill (New Orleans, La.) and Rahim Gonzales (Las Vegas, Nev.) round out the top three spots in the bracket. Atif Oberlton (Philadelphia, Pa.) will enter these championships coming off two wins at his first international event against the Netherlands this month as the fourth seed. The complete bracket is shown below.


  1. Khalil Coe
  2. Sean Hemphill
  3. Rahim Gonzalez
  4. Atif Oberlton
  5. Mario Hernandez.
  6. Francis Oran
  7. Burley Brooks
  8. Amir Ghafari Nikou


91 kg


Multiple national champion and Pan American Games bronze medalist Cam F. Awesome (Shawnee, Kan.) enters the heavyweight division as the number one seed, and will be looking to  gain his national title back after falling to this year’s number two seed Jared Anderson (Toledo, Ohio) at last year’s championships. 2016 Light Heavyweight National Champion Cymone Kearney (Beaumont, Texas) is returning to the national stage and will be looking to regain his spot on Team USA, while another familiar face Adrian Tillman (Colorado Springs, Colo.) hopes to take the top spot. Gaspard Pierre (Miami, Fla.), Jamar Talley (Camden, N.J.), Miguel Tovar (El Paso, Texas) and Jarvis Winn (Houston, Texas) complete the bracket.


  1. Cam F. Awesone
  2. Jared Anderson
  3. Jamar Talley
  4. Adrian Tillman
  5. Cymone Kearney
  6. Jarvis Winn
  7. Gaspard Pierre
  8. Miguel Tovar



91+ kg


Tulare, Calif. native Richard Torrez Jr. tops the super heavyweight bracket. The 2017 National Champion and 2018 Chemistry Cup Champion will look to win back-to-back national crowns, while 2018 Western and Eastern Qualifier Champions Leonid Grachev (Boulder, Colo.) and Amisael Jimenez (Oakland, Calif.) will look to take the title. Timothy Hatfield (Providence, R.I.) and Luis Alvarado (Pasco, Wash.), runner-ups at the qualifiers this year, enter the championships in the fourth and fifth seeds. Sonny Conton (Philadelphia, Pa.), Jeremiah Milton (Tulsa, Okla.) and DeAndre Savage (Las Vegas, Nev.) round out the field.


  1. Richard Torrez Jr.
  2. Leonid Grachev
  3. Amisael Jimenez
  4. Timothy Hatfield
  5. Luis Alvarado
  6. DeAndre Savage
  7. Jeremiah Milton
  8. Sonny Conto