2019 was another busy year for USA Boxing from the grassroots level to our high performance teams! We wanted to look back at some events and moments that were the top moments for 2019.
Oshae Jones Makes History at Pan American Games
Oshae Jones (Toledo, Ohio) made history at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru with her gold medal performance in the Women’s 69 kg weight class. This was the first Pan American Games this weight class was contested in women’s boxing and will be the first time it is contested next year at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Jones name will go down in the record books for her golden performance and will look to make history again in Japan in just a few months. Click here to see highlights of Oshae’s historic performance.
Danielle Perkins Golden Performance at World Championships
After winning bronze at the 2018 Elite Women’s World Championships, Danielle Perkins (Houston, Texas) was hungry to improve that performance at this year’s championships in Russia. Perkins not only improved her performance but put on a dominating performance against three-time World Champion Yang Xiaoli of China. Click here to watch Danielle’s golden performance.
Keyshawn Davis Silver at World Championships
Team USA had high hopes for Keyshawn Davis (Norfolk, Va.) in his World Championship debut, and he did not disappoint. Davis put on multiple impressive performances through the preliminary and quarterfinal rounds, before advancing to the medal bouts. Davis stepped into the ring in the finals against a familiar rival in Andy Cruz of Cuba. While Davis fell short of a world title, his performance and silver medal performance was the first medal in 26 years in the lightweight division for USA Boxing, and was well deserved! Click here to watch his final bout!
USA Boxing National Tournaments
USA Boxing had another record number of boxers participating at our national tournaments throughout the year. This year also saw USA Boxing team up with National PAL for the Last Chance Qualifier and National PAL Championships to close out the qualifying stage to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Boxing. This year also saw the introduction of our coaches’ corner, which provided a workout space for boxers, as well as a study hall sponsored by the USA Boxing Alumni Association. Our members turned out in record numbers for our events, with 7,545 total registered participants (boxers, coaches and officials), a 22% increase from 2018. With larger numbers, we saw 2,950 bouts contested at national events, an 18% increase over 2018 and an 80% increase over 2017.
2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Boxing
Every four years USA Boxing and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) team up to bring the best of the best amateur Olympic-style boxers in the United States to box it out at the Olympic Trials. After 4 years in the making, this year’s trials closed out a successful year in Lake Charles, La. 26 boxers advanced to the second stage of the selection process that will begin in January in Colorado Springs, Colo. Click here to watch clips of the finals of #BoxingTrials20!
Every four years USA Boxing holds elections for the Local Boxing Committee’s (LBC) Board of Director positions. To close out 2019, we held the elections to determine who will serve as leaders for the LBCs, beginning 2020. To see who is on your Board, click here.
2019 Pan American Games and World Championships
In addition to the three previously mentioned boxers’ performances, Team USA picked up an additional 11 medals at these two major international tournaments. 9 medals were won in Lima, 4 silver and 5 bronze, while Rashida Ellis and Mikiah Kreps won bronze at their first World Championships in October to close out a successful year and give the team confidence heading into the all-important 2020 year.
Junior and Youth High Performance Teams Dominate on International Stage
Coach Augie Sanchez, who is in his second year as head coach for our junior and youth teams, helped lead our four teams to dominate performances on the international stage. In four international tournaments, the teams won 21 gold, 2 silver and 8 bronze. Following an impressive National Championships in Lake Charles that saw a mix of team veterans and newcomers join Team USA for 2020, it is looking to be another impressive year, as well as future for USA Boxing!
Team USA Shares Their Stories
2019 gave the opportunity for numerous members of Team USA Boxing to share their stories to the rest of the world, whether it be on USA Boxing’s platforms or major news platforms. A few that highlighted the year were Naomi Graham feature on Bleacher Report and Ginny Fuchs on the Today Show and New York Times. With Tokyo just around the corner, be on the lookout for more of our boxers having the opportunity to share more about their lives inside and outside the ring.
New Coaching Education Program
2019 saw the launch of our new Coaching Education Program that was introduced during our Coaching Education Week. USA Boxing launched our new green level certification, which is an online test for coaches, as well as our in-person bronze level clinic at our national tournaments! Coaching Education Week also introduced USA Boxing on the Team USA Mobile Coach App that provides numerous resources from coaching to nutrition for boxers and coaches.
These are just a few of our many favorite moments throughout the successful year! Be on the lookout for our upcoming list of things we are looking forward to in 2020.