The final day of the 2019 Last Chance Qualifier concluded today at the Oxnard PAL Teen Center in Oxnard, Calif, crowning 13 champions. All 26 finalists qualified to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Boxing that will take place this December in Lake Charles, La.
The day began with Jasmine Hampton (Ann Arbor, Mich.) being victorious in the female flyweight division over Stephanie Chavez (Orange, Calif.) by a 4-1 decision, while Jose Nieves (Avenel, N.J.) picked up the male flyweight title against Anthony Olascuaga (Los Angeles, Calif.) by unanimous decision.
2019 Elite Women’s World Championships bronze medalists Mikiah Kreps (Niagara Falls, N.Y.) was crowned the female featherweight champion by way of walkover against 2018 Youth World Champion Iyana Verduzco (Los Angeles, Calif.). Jonathan Mansour (La Mesa, Calif.) concluded his tournament run with a 3-2 victory over Xavian Ramirez (Reading, Pa.).
Whitney Gomez (Bend, Ore.) and Ernesto Mercado (Pomona, Calif.) picked up the lightweight titles. Gomez grabbed all five judges’ cards against Rebecca Maine (Pittsburgh, Calif.), while Mercado won his first elite national title by a 3-2 decision over Daniel Garcia (Westminster, Colo.).
2018 USA Boxing National Championship silver medalists Morelle McCane (Cleveland, Ohio) qualified in her second weight class this week following her unanimous decision over Arika Skoog (Boston, Mass.) Fellow Cleveland, Ohio native Delante Johnson had a rematch with Lavars Carter (Cincinnati, Ohio) in the welterweight final. Johnson, the 2019 Pan American Games bronze medalists, grabbed all five judges’ cards to earn the title.
2017 Youth World Champion Citlalli Ortiz (Coachella, Calif.) put on a dominating performance against Melody Popravak (Brooklyn, N.Y.), causing the ref to stop the bout in the third round. Francis Oran (Allentown, Pa.) won the light heavyweight title over Amir Ghaffari Nikou (Charlotte, N.C.) by 5-0.
Najee Lopez (Ellenwood, Ga.) defeated Darius Fulghum (Rosharon, Texas) with his 5-0 decision to secure the heavyweight crown. Dominic Okopie (Houston, Texas) and Antonio Garcia (Anaheim, Calif.) were the final champions today, winning their respective divisions by walkover over Kenyon Walker (San Antonio, Texas) and Alex Chisholm (Hialeah Gardens, Fla.).
At the conclusion of the event, Gomez was announced Best Elite Female Boxer and Best Overall Female Boxer of Tournament, Lopez was awarded the Best Elite Male Boxer and Johnson was named the Best Overall Male Boxer of the Tournament. The following officials were announced as winners of Best Officials, Ken Tate (Outstanding Referee), Carmen Beall, (Outstanding Time Keeper) and Jim Gomes (Outstanding Judge).