The 2017 Elite and Youth National Championships & Junior and Prep Open came to a close tonight at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah with the crowning of 42 National Champions.
The night began with 10 exciting “undercard” bouts consisting of junior and youth matchups, which saw Angel Martinez (Rockford, Ill.) take his second Youth National Championship, as well as Miguel Santana (Tampa, Fla.) repeat as Junior National Champion.
The main event brought youth male and female boxers to showcase their talents first, highlighted by multiple members of the 2017 Youth World Championship team looking to win another national title. 2017 Youth World Champion Citlalli Ortiz (Coachella, Calif.) and bronze medalist Isamary Aquino (Universal City, Texas) can now add 2017 National Champion to their resume. World Championship teammates Aidyl Cardenas (Calexico, Calif.) and Heaven Garcia (El Monte, Calif.) both grabbed victories in their divisions.
Seven boxers from last year’s elite championships repeated as champions, including now eight-time National Champion Christina Cruz (New York, New York), Krystal Dixon (New Rochelle, N.J.), Troy Isley (Alexandria, Va.), Delante Johnson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), Oshae Jones (Toledo, Ohio) and Danielle Perkins (Houston, Texas). The seventh repeat champion Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) concluded her very successful 2017 at a perfect 18-0 record with her unanimous decision victory in tonight’s finals.
2016 Youth National Champion Jared Anderson (Toledo, Ohio) grabbed his first elite national title in his elite championship debut following. 2016 Youth World Championship bronze medalist Richard Torrez (Tulare, Calif.) picked up his third stoppage of the tournament to win his first elite national title. Torrez’s 2016 Youth World Championship teammate, two-time World Champion Marc Castro (Fresno, Calif.) now adds Elite National Champion to his already impressive resume.
At the conclusion of the bouts four boxers were named Most Outstanding Boxers for their divisions. The four include Youth Female Sandra Tovar (Turlock, Calif.), Youth Male Angel Martinez (Rockford, Ill.), Elite Female Jajaira Gonzalez (Fountain, Colo.) and Anderson was the Elite Male winner.
This year’s National Championships closes out one of the most successful years for USA Boxing and showed the future for Team USA is bright. Tonight’s winners, along with the juniors from yesterday’s session, are all now members of the High Performance Squad, which will give them the opportunity to attend training camps at the Olympic Training Center and represent Team USA at international competitions.
For a complete look back at this week’s tournament, click here.
Junior/114 lbs.: Miguel Santana, Tampa, Fla., dec. over Charles Harris, San Bernardino, Calif., 3-2
Junior/119 lbs.: Joel Iriarte, Bakersfield, Calif., dec. over Emilio Garcia, Laredo, Texas, 4-1
Junior/125 lbs.: Xander Zayas, Plantation, Fla., dec. over Oliver Badillo, Mesquite, Texas, 4-1
Youth Female/106 lbs.: Sandra Tovar, Turlock, Calif., dec. over Natalie Dove, Philadelphia, Pa., 5-0
Youth Female/141 lbs.: Aidly Cardenas, Calexico, dec. over Calif. Maleina Gomez, Rosenburg, Texas, 5-0
Youth/141 lbs.: Otha Jones, Toledo, Ohio, dec. over Armani Almestica, Orlanda, Fla., 3-2
Youth Female/152 lbs.: Citlalli Ortiz, Coachella, Calif., dec. over Marle Wendland, Belle Fourche, S.D., 5-0
Youth/152 lbs.: Tristan Kalkreuth, Duncanville, Texas, dec. over Jonathan Montalvo, Omaha, Neb., 4-1
Youth/165 lbs.: Lorenzo Simpson, Baltimore, Md., dec. over Kahshad Elliot, Plainfield, N.J., 5-0
Youth/178 lbs.: Alexis Espino, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. over Nasheed Smith, Washington, D.C., 5-0
Youth/201+ lbs.: Drake Banks, Shawnee, Kan. dec. over Angel Young, Gilbert, Ariz., 3-2
Elite Female/152 lbs.: Oshae Jones,Toledo, Ohio, dec. over Stephanie Malone, Louisville, Ky., 4-1
Elite/152 lbs.: Brian Ceballo, New York, dec. over Quinton Randall, Humble, Texas, 5-0
Elite Female/165 lbs.: Naomi Graham, Colorado Springs, Colo., dec. over Leah Cooper,Ozone Park, N.Y. 5-0
Elite/165 lbs.: Troy Isley, Alexandra, Va., dec. over Javier Martinez, Milwaukee, Wisc., 3-2
Elite Female/178 lbs.: Krystal Dixon, New Rochelle, N.Y., dec. over Amber Montoya, Salt Lake City, Utah, 5-0
Elite/178 lbs.: Khalil Coe, Jersey City, N.J., dec. over Sean Hemphill, New Orleans, La., 4-1
Elite Female/178+ lbs.: Danielle Perkins, Houston, Texas, dec. over Shadasia Green, Paterson, N.J., 4-1
Elite/201 lbs.: Jared Anderson, Toledo, Ohio, dec. over Cam F. Awesome, Lenexa, Kan., 5-0
Elite/201+ lbs.: Richard Torrez, Tulare, Calif., won by RSC over Ramel Clasablanca, Bremerton, Wash., RSC-3
Junior/101 lbs.: Angel Barrientes, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. over Amed Medina, Maywood, Calif.,5-0
Junior/106 lbs.: Chavez Barrientes, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. over Jahmal Harvey, Oxon HIll, Md., 3-2
Junior/110 lbs.: Trinidad Vargas, Grand Prairie, Texas, dec. over Noah Timoteo, Waianae, Hawaii, 5-0
Youth/114 lbs.: Asa Stevens, Waianae, Hawaii, dec. over Braden Reed, Dyersburg, Tenn., 5-0
Youth Female/119 lbs.: Iyana Verduzco, Los Angeles, Calif., dec. over Lizbeth Reitz, Alamo, Texas, 5-0
Youth Female/112 lbs.: Heaven Garcia, El Monte, Calif., dec. over Czarina McCoy, N. Las Vegas, Nev., 3-2
Youth/123 lbs.: Jeremy Adorno, Allentown, Pa., dec. over Anthony Garnica, Oakland, Calif., 4-1
Youth Female/125 lbs.: Isamary Aquino, Universal City, Texas, dec. over Romalin Martinez, Houston, Texas, 4-1
Youth/132 lbs.: Harley Mederos, New York, N.Y., dec. over Malik Warren, Cantonsville, Md., 3-1
Youth Female/132 lbs.: Nicole Ocasio, Tampa, Fla., dec. over Victoria Gaytan, Phoenix, Ariz., 5-0
Elite Female/106 lbs.: Jazzelle Bobadilla, Ewa Beach, Hawaii, dec. over Monica Lazalde, Kearns, Utah, 4-1
Elite/108 lbs.: Salaam Gonzales, Denver, Colo., dec. over Stephen Acosta, Dallas, Texas, 5-0
Elite Female/112 lbs.: Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas, dec. over Kristyn Juarez, Los Angeles, Calif., 5-0
Elite/114 lbs.: Fernando Martinez, Phoenix, Ariz., dec. over Michael Angeletti, Spring, Texas, 5-0
Elite Female/119 lbs.: Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y., dec. over Mikiah Kreps, Niagara Falls, N.Y., 4-1
Elite/123 lbs.: Marc Castro, Fresno, Calif., dec. over Raymond Ford, Sicklerville, N.J., 3-2
Elite Female/125 lbs.: Rianna Rios, Colorado Springs, Colo., dec. over Nephateria Miller, New Haven, Conn., 5-0
Elite Female/132 lbs.: Jajaira Gonzalez - Fountain, Colo., dec. over Rashida Ellis, Lynn, Mass., 3-2
Elite/132 lbs.: Keyshawn Davis, Norfolk, Va., dec. over Kevin Montano, Concord, Calif., 5-0
Elite Female/141 lbs.: Amelia Moore, Alexandria, Va., dec. over Ravven Brown, San Antonio, Texas, 5-0
Elite/141 lbs.: Delante Johnson, Cleveland, Ohio, dec. over Charlie Sheehy, Brisbane, Calif., 5-0