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Day Three of the U.S. Nationals in Spokane
By Michael O’Neill
April 3, 2013
     
   
   
   
   

(APR 3) Day three of the U.S Nationals in Spokane has seen the first bouts in the Women’s Elite event. Among those in early action Wednesday were Tiara Brown, Queen Underwood, and AIBA world no.1 64kg Mikaela Mayer, who has entered the Lightweight 132lbs division this year.

With those experienced Internationals together with N’yteeyah Sherman in the Championships the Lightweight division will undoubtedly prove to be one of the most competitive of all divisions in Spokane.

Here are the early results from this morning’s 11 am session:

Elite Women's Division

106 lbs: Elisha Halstead, Philadelphia, Pa., dec. Leah Mitchem, Savannah, Ga., 3-0

119 lbs: Amanda Pavone, Burlington, Mass., dec. Monica Alvarez, San Antonio, Texas, 3-0

119 lbs: Carissa Morton, San Francisco, Calif., dec. Rory Santos, Anchorage, Alaska, 3-0

132 lbs: Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash., dec. Maritza Guillen, Reno, Nev., 3-0

132 lbs: Melissa Parker, Spring, Texas, dec. Lisa Porter, Valley Village, Calif., 3-0

132 lbs: Tiara Brown, Hyattsville, Md., dec. Kristin Carlson, Chicago, 3-0

132 lbs: Mikaela Mayer, Los Angeles, Calif., dec. LaKesha Springle, Martinez, Ga., 3-0

So no real surprises at this stage but it is early in the competition and the REAL action will begin on Thursday and Friday.

New AIBA ‘Rule Changes, effective March 11th meant that Olympic Gold medallist, Claressa Shields cannot compete in this year’s U.S Nationals which got under way Monday.

The previous AIBA maximum age limit has been extended – to 40 - which is good news for those who would have had to retire at 34 but boxers must now be aged 19 or over before they can compete in the newly styled AIBA Olympic Boxing (A .O.B championships – worldwide – so Claressa Shields cannot take part in the Elite Seniors but instead had to enter the Youth championship. Alas (or should that be luckily?) for her, no one else entered that weight division, according to the final entry list published by U.S.A Boxing, so the title is hers by virtue of a ‘walk-over’ as long as she weighs-in.

It is perhaps fortunate that no one has entered the Youth Middleweight 165lbs weight division for think of the outcry that would follow had an inexperienced young boxer met the Olympic senior champion and been seriously hurt in the process? Should an exception have been made for Shields?

‘USA boxing’ explains that “ In compliance with AIBA rules for age classifications, all boxers born in 1995 and 1996 will only be able to compete in the youth division. It does not matter what division the athlete has boxed in previously, they must compete in the age division as defined by AIBA. Boxers born from 1973-1994 must compete in the elite women’s and men’s elite and senior division”. So no Claressa Shields in Spokane other than to collect her Youth title. For the record albeit the U.S Nationals, USA Boxing has no authority to grant an exception in the case of Claressa as all national associations are required to comply with AIBA regulations.

Tickets for the event start at only $5 and are currently on sale for all of the tournament sessions via the Northern Quest box office and at northernquest.com. USA Boxing will be live streaming the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships. Since the tournament action began on April 1, the live stream is available for $29.95 and single days may be purchased for $9.95. To purchase the tournament live stream, go to www.teamusa.org/USA-Boxing/Watch-Live.aspx

USA Boxing also rightly points out that the elite ladies aren’t the only talented women gearing up for the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships, the youth division will also feature some future stars and potential Olympians . The youth division, which is making its debut at the USA Boxing National Championships in Spokane, includes not only historic Olympic Champion Shields but also her fellow 2012 National PAL Champion Rashida Ellis (Lynn, Mass.).

Ellis and her brother, Rashidi Ellis (Lynn, Mass.) won the PAL Championships together in October, but Rashida will now take the ring in the youth division in Spokane. Three younger boxers will be moving up an age group after winning Junior Olympic titles in 2012. Light flyweights Marisol Lopez (Stratford, Calif.) and Monica Van Pelt (Toledo, Ohio) as well as welterweight Samantha Kinchen (Lexington, Ky.) are all hoping to add another national title to their resumes at the USA Boxing National Championships.

Registration for the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships has ended. Some 323 boxers have entered for the tournament, which features five divisions for the first time in the event history. Boxers will compete in the elite men and women, youth men and women and senior men's divisions with each of the five crowning national champions in Spokane.

The final list of registered athletes, for the Elite Women’s and Youth events:

YOUTH WOMEN:

Light flyweight/106 lbs

Marisol Lopez, Stratford, CA
Yajaira Ramirez, McKinney, TX
Monica Suazo, Tucson, AZ
Monica Van Pelt, Toledo, Ohio

Flyweight/112 lbs

Karina Sarabia, El Monte, CA

Bantamweight/119 lbs

Neesha Khan, San Francisco, CA

Featherweight/125 lbs

Dida Gonzalez, Houston, TX
Dezaree Negrete, Calument City, IL

Lightweight/132 lbs

Rashida Ellis, Lynn, MA
Marlisa Stamps, Milwaukee, WI

Light welterweight/141 lbs

No athletes currently registered in this weight division

Welterweight/152 lbs

Taylor Carroll, Monroe, MI
Samantha Kinchen, Lexington, KY

Middleweight/165 lbs

Claressa Shields, Mount Morris, MI

Light heavyweight/178 lbs

No athletes currently registered in this weight division

Heavyweight/178+ lbs

No athletes currently registered in this weight division


ELITE WOMEN:

Light flyweight/106 lbs

Jeanette Gonzalez, New York, NY
Lisa Ha, Honolulu, HI
Elisha Halstead, Philadelphia, PA
Melissa Kaye, New York, NY
Alejandra Mercado, Rockford, IL
Leah Mitchem, Savannah, GA

Flyweight/112 lbs

Cheyenne Candelaria, Albuquerque, NM
Ivette Delgado, Yonkers, NY
Marlen Esparza, Houston, TX
Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, TX
Ayesha Green, Trenton, NJ
Corina Ishikawa, Ewa Beach, HI
Maureeca Lambert, Glen Ellyn, IL
Anayeli Segura, Austin, TX
Maryguenn Vellinga, Salt Lake City, UT

Bantamweight/119 lbs

Monica Alvarez, San Antonio, TX
Christina Cruz, New York, NY
Carissa Morton, San Francisco ,CA
Haley Pasion, Aiea, HI
Amanda Pavone, Burlington, MA
Rosalinda Rodriguez, Coconut Creek, FL
Rory Santos, Anchorage, AK
LaKesha Springle, Martinez, GA
Ayanna Vasquez, Las Cruces, NM

Featherweight/125 lbs

Amorena Baca, Denver, CO
Kristin Carlson, Chicago, IL
Michelle Cook, Massena, NY
Jennifer Hamann, Seattle, WA
Karla Herrera, Los Angeles, CA
Taversha Norwood, Oxnard, CA
Monayah Patterson, Warren, MI
Rianna Rios, Alice, TX
Jasmedh Rosales, Los Angeles, CA

Lightweight/132 lbs

Tiara Brown, Hyattsville, MD
Maritza Guillen, Reno, NV
Mikaela Mayer, Los Angeles, CA
Melissa Parker, Spring, TX
Lisa Porter, Valley Village, CA
Alyssa Rivera, Lemont, IL
N’yteeyah Sherman, Fairlawn, OH
Queen Underwood, Lakewood, WA

Light welterweight/141 lbs

Bertha Aracil, Yonkers, NY
Aleah Dillard, Dallas, TX
Faith Franco, Oceano, CA
Griselda Madrigal Santana, East Wenatchee, WA
Nargis Shaghasi, San Lorenzo, CA
Jenah Smith, Seattle, WA
Amournix Stamps, Milwaukee, WI

Welterweight/152 lbs

Flequeshia Dixon, Denver, CO
Fallon Farrar, Staten Island, NY
April Moreland, Fort Huachuca, AZ
Nisa Rodriguez, Bronx, NY
Danyelle Wolf, San Diego, CA

Middleweight/165 lbs

Jasmine Acevedo, Beeville, TX
Franchon Crews, Baltimore, MD
Raquel Miller, San Francisco, CA
Alicia Napoleon, Lindenhurst, N.Y.

Light heavyweight/178 lbs

Tiffanie Hearn, Oxnard, CA
Dara Shen, Alexandra, WA

Heavyweight/178+ lbs

Clare O’Connell, Altamont, NY
Victoria Perez, Camarillo, CA
Denise Rico, Los Angeles, CA

Who are the seeded boxers in this year’s Elite Championships?

The seedings are based on the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women's Boxing in the three women's Olympic weight divisions, and the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships in the elite men and women's non-Olympic weight divisions. Athletes can only be seeded if they are competing in the same weight division that they represented in the seeding tournaments. Seeding will only occur in the elite men's and women's divisions at the 2013 Championships.

ELITE WOMEN

Light flyweight/108 lbs

#1 seed - Lisa Ha

Flyweight/112 lbs

#1 seed - Marlen Esparza
#2 seed - Virginia Fuchs

Bantamweight/119 lbs

#1 seed - Christina Cruz
#2 seed - Ayanna Vasquez
#3 seed - Carissa Morton
#4 seed - Amanda Pavone

Featherweight/125 lbs

#1 seed - Karla Herrera
#2 seed - Jennifer Hamann
#3 seed - Amorena Baca

Lightweight/132 lbs

#1 seed - Queen Underwood
#2 seed - Mikaela Mayer
#3 seed - N'yteeyah Sherman
#4 seed - Tiara Brown

Light welterweight/141 lbs

#1 seed - Bertha Aracil
#2 seed - Griselda Madrigal

Welterweight/152 lbs

#1 seed - Danyelle Wolf

Middleweight/165 lbs

#1 seed - Raquel Miller
#2 seed - Franchon Crews

Light heavyweight/178 lbs

#1 seed - Tiffanie Hearn

Heavyweight/178+ lbs

#1 seed - Victoria Perez

5 p.m. Session:



Elite Women's Division

125 lbs: Karla Herrera, Los Angeles, Calif. dec. Haley Pasion, Aiea, Hawaii, 3-0

125 lbs: Rianna Rios, Alice, Texas, dec. Michelle Cook, Massena, N.Y., 3-0

125 lbs: Monayah Patterson, Warren, Mich., dec. Amorena Baca, Denver, Colo., 3-0

125 lbs: Jennifer Hamann, Seattle, Wash., dec. Jasmedh Rosales, Los Angeles, Calif., 3-0

152 lbs: Nisa Rodriguez, Bronx, N.Y., dec. Jenah Smith, Seattle, Wash., 3-0

Highlight of Thursday in the women’s Elite division is likely to see explosive semi-final action in the 132 lbs lightweight division between AIBA World Light-Welterweight No.1 Mikaela Mayer and the 2012 AIBA World Featherweight champion Tiara Brown.

Queen Underwood will come face Melissa Parker (Spring, Texas) in the other semi-final. Another great day’s boxing in store Thursday.

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