For the fifth year in a row, USA Boxing has teamed up with sponsor Under Armour to recognize the top male and female boxers from the United States in the elite, youth and junior divisions. Based on their accomplishments and strong performances in 2019, the following boxers were awarded this year’s Boxer of the Year by USA Boxing.
Rashida Ellis – Elite Female Boxer of the Year
Ellis (Lynn, Mass.) had an impressive first year competing on the international level, winning three international medals, as well as the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Boxing. The lightweights first international medal was gold at the 2019 Pan American Games Qualifier, followed by a bronze at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. Ellis also picked up a bronze medal at the 2019 Elite Women’s World Championships in October. She closed out her impressive year with four unanimous decision victories to win the trials in Lake Charles to add to her 2018 Elite National title.
Keyshawn Davis – Elite Male Boxer of the Year
Davis had an impressive 2019, winning multiple international medals, as well as a convincing win at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Boxing. The Norfolk, Va. native started his year with a silver medal performance at the Pan American Qualifiers and picked up his second silver medal of the year at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. The lightweight continued to make a name for himself in the sport with his third silver medal of the year, this time at his World Championships debut in Russia. Davis closed out the year with five wins in Lake Charles at the trials.
Shera Mae Patricio – Youth Female Boxer of the Year
Patricio, the 2018 Youth National Champion, began the year by winning the 2019 Western Regional Open in Reno, Nev. before representing Team USA in her first international tournament, the Silesian Women’s Championships. The flyweight not only won gold in Poland, but also was awarded the Best Youth Female Boxer of the Tournament after her dominating wins. The Waianae, Hawaii native completed the year by winning her second Youth National title in Lake Charles, where she faced two tough and experienced opponents to take the crown.
Jahmal Harvey – Youth Male Boxer of the Year
Harvey (Oxon Hill, Md.) was one of the most dominating youth boxers in 2019. Having competed in two different weight classes throughout the year, the 2018 Youth National Champion went 3-0 at both the Eastern Regional Open and National Youth Open to earn both those national titles before picking up his second Youth National Title in Lake Charles, where he went 4-0 to finish 10-0 at national tournaments in 2019. Harvey also had the opportunity to represent Team USA on the international stage, where he picked up an impressive gold medal in his international debut at the Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament.
Sierra Martinez – Junior Female Boxer of the Year
Martinez (North Providence, R.I.) had an impressive first year on USA Boxing’s high performance team, winning three national tournaments and gold in her international debut. Martinez began the year winning the Western Regional Open in Reno, Nev., before taking the crown at the 2019 National Junior Olympics. She continued her winning ways at the Silesian Women Championships in Poland, going 2-0, to take her first international title. Her year was closed out by moving into the youth division, taking both victories in Lake Charles to win her first Youth National Championships and earn a spot on the Youth High Performance Team for 2020.
Richard Fernandez Jr. – Junior Male Boxer of the Year
In his final year in the junior division, Richard Fernandez Jr. (San Antonio, Texas), showed why he will be a force to reckon with for years to come. Fernandez went 6-0 to win the Western Regional Open and National Junior Olympics, which he also earned the Best Junior Male Boxer of the Tournament award for his performances. In his first international tournament, the pineweight proved to be too much for his opponents, going 4-0 to take the gold medal, as well as the Best Boxer of the Tournament, at the 2019 Bornemissza Tournament in Hungary. The year concluded with him making the transition to the youth division, where he competed in the light flyweight class at the Youth National Championships, and once again went 4-0 to take the title.