(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) Ė A record breaking number of athletes
will compete in the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships,
February 26-March 3 at the Fort Carson Special Events Center in
Colorado Springs, Colo. Registration for the event concluded on
Monday and a whopping 718 athletes have signed up to compete in
The event plays a large role in the Olympic qualifying process
for the seven unqualified menís weight divisions with the 2012
USA Boxing National Champions advancing on to the final,
international Olympic qualifier in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in
May. The seven weight classes that remain open for Olympic
qualification: are light flyweight (108 lbs.), lightweight (132
lbs.), light welterweight (141 lbs.), middleweight (165 lbs.),
light heavyweight (178 lbs.), heavyweight (201 lbs), and super
heavyweight (201+ lbs.).
Due to the large number of entrants, competition will begin on
Sunday, February 26 in the lightweight (132 lbs.), light
welterweight (141 lbs.), middleweight (165 lbs.), light
heavyweight (178 lbs.), heavyweight (201 lbs.) and super
heavyweight (201+ lbs.) divisions.
The light welterweight class leads all weight divisions in size
with 115 boxers registered at the 141-pound mark. Lightweight
follows closely behind with 110 boxers and the middleweight
class boasts 96 entries.
Although the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships are not a
component of the Olympic qualifying process for the female
boxers, the Womenís World Championships team in the seven
non-Olympic weight divisions will be determined in Colorado
Springs. The champions in the light flyweight, bantamweight,
featherweight, light welterweight, middleweight, light
heavyweight and heavyweight classes will all earn berths on the
U.S. squad for the key womenís international tournament.
The first tournament draw will take place on Sunday, with the
path to gold being set for the six larger weight classes opening
action on Sunday. The draw for the remaining four menís weight
divisions and the womenís weight classes will be held on Sunday,
USA Boxing National Championships preliminary round action will
run from Sunday through Wednesday with two sessions daily at 11
a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday will feature quarterfinal action in two
sessions and the semifinal bouts will be contested on Friday
evening with championship bouts taking place on Saturday, March
Admission for the preliminaries, semifinal rounds and womenís
non-Olympic and menís qualified weight division finals will be
free of charge. Championship night general admission tickets are
only $12.50 in advance (before February 28) or for any
spectators with a valid USOC or NGB ID card or military/DoD
identification. General admission tickets will be $20 after
February 28 and can be purchased via Tempo Tickets at
As the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships will take place on
Fort Carson, which is an active U.S. Army Base, all media
interested in covering the event must be credentialed through
Fort Carson Public Affairs. Please contact Julie Goldsticker at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (720) 542-9690 if you are interested
in covering the event and want to be included on Fort Carsonís
outreach list. (men boxers are listed on USA Boxing)
2012 USA Box
Light flyweight Ė 106 lbs (Non-Olympic weight class)
Anayeli Segura, Austin, Texas
Nicole Pasillas, Aurora, Colo.
Sadie Roberts, Hudson, Iowa
Lisa Ha, Honolulu, Hawaii
Amy Sowers, Bozeman, Mont.
Brittany Delgado, Center Moriches, N.Y.
Cheyenne Candelaria, Albuquerque, N.M.
Victoria Quilantan, Houston, Texas
Marina Ramirez, Sacramento, Calif.
Flyweight - 112 lbs (Olympic weight class)
Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y.
Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas
Ayaesha Green, Trenton, N.J.
Tyrieshia Douglas, Baltimore, Md.
Cinissa Vasquez, Fort Worth, Texas
Rhonda McGee, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Marlen Esparza, Houston, Texas
Maryguenn Vellinga, Salt Lake City, Utah
Bantamweight - 119 lbs (Non-Olympic weight class)
Nephateria Miller, New Haven, Conn.
Haley Pasion, Aiea, Hawaii
Patricia Cuevas, San Antonio, Texas
Jamie Mitchell, Pacific Grove, Calif.
Maria Vizcaini, Watsonville, Calif.
Melanie Costa, Norton, Mass.
Ayanna Vasquez, Las Cruces, N.M.
Lindsay Bartels, Omaha, Neb.
Amanda Pavone, Burlington, Mass.
Brenda Hernandez, Oxnard, Calif.
Shanience, St. Louis, Mo.
Rianna Rios, Alice, Texas
Carissa Morton, San Francisco, Calif.
Featherweight - 125 lbs (Non-Olympic weight class)
Elizabeth Leddy, Portland, Maine
Shanne Ruelas, Fresno, Calif.
Kathrine Blumenfeld, Springfield, Vt.
Maira Madrigal, Wenatchee, Wash.
Jennifer Hamann, Seattle, Wash.
Karla Herrera, Los Angeles, Calif.
Heather Hardy, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Rashida Ellis, Lynn, Mass.
Jayli Fimbres, New Town, N.D.
Kirstie Simmons, Aurora, Colo.
Emily Dagnan, Jasper, Tenn.
Amorena Baca, Denver, Colo.
Nakarri Jones, Tampa Bay, Fla.
Asia Stevenson, Washington DC
Alecia Defrank, Hudson, Fla.
Monica Alvarez, San Antonio, Texas
Kymmberli Stowe, Philadelphia, Pa.
Lightweight - 132 lbs
(5) (Olympic weight class)
Katie Brunacini, Los Angeles, Calif.
Bertha Aracil, Yonkers, N.Y.
N'yteeyah Sherman, Barberton, Ohio
Felisha Estrada Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Chasity Funseth, Fort Bliss, Texas
Light welterweight - 141 (Non-Olympic weight class)
Griselda Madrigal, Wenatchee, Wash.
Cashmere Jackson, Parma, Ohio
Christella Cepeda, Yonkers, N.Y.
Lisa Porter, Valley Village, Calif.
Luvisa Matali, Denver, Colo.
Amber Smith, Ft. Worth, Texas
Earnestine Wesley, Garland, Texas
Rosa Garcia, Laveen, Ariz.
Dianeya Nodarse, Tampa Bay, Fla.
Sherry Whetton, Tucson, Ariz.
Mikaela Mayer, Los Angeles, Calif.
Ariel Beck, Helena, Mont.
Jessica McCaskill, St. Louis, Mo.
Denise Moran, Cathedral City, Calif.
Welterweight - 152 lbs(Non-Olympic weight class)
Nisa Rodriguez, Bronx, N.Y.
Kayla Brady, New Town, Md.
Jessica Francois, Washington DC
Tara Weisshaar, Burlington, Colo.
Alicia Napoleon, Lingdenhurst
Middleweight - 165 lbs
(Olympic weight class)
Dara Shen, Alexandria, Va.
Claressa Shields, Detroit, Mich.
Raquel Miller, San Francisco, Calif.
Fallon Farrar, Staten Island, N.Y.
Franchon Crews, Baltimore, Md.
Light heavyweight - 178 (Non-Olympic weight class)
Denise Rico, Los Angeles, Calif.
Tyler Lord-Wilder, Lansing, Mich.
Kendra Minnis, St. Louis, Mo.
Maricela Cornejo, Las Vegas, Nev.
Heavyweight - 178+ lbs (Non-Olympic weight class)
Victoria Perez, Ventura, Calif.
USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style
boxing, is the United Statesí member organization of the
International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of
the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).