Feb 6, 2010 1:54 AM
The USA Boxing National Championships, the premier amateur boxing event in the United States, will return to Colorado Springs, Colo., July 12-17, for the 2010 edition.
Over 200 of the nation's top Olympic-style boxers in both the male and female divisions will compete in the tournament, which is being presented by the Daniels Fund and co-hosted by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation.
"We are excited to have the USA Boxing National Championships back in Colorado Springs where the event has been successful," said Mike Martino, Interim Executive Director. "With the support of the Daniels Fund, the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation and the U.S. Olympic Committee, this event will once again be one of the top sports events in Colorado."
The USA Boxing National Championships, which moved north to Denver in 2009, will return to its long-time home in Colorado Springs for the 2010 edition. The Pikes Peak region has played host to the tournament in 20 of the last 22 years with the only exceptions being trips to Las Vegas in 2002 and Denver last year.
The first four days of competition will all be contested in Sportscenter I at the U.S. Olympic Training Center with preliminary round competition being contested July 12-14, and semifinal action taking place on July 15. The event will move to the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Saturday with men's consolation bouts and women's non-Olympic weight classes final round action being showcased in a matinee session on Saturday afternoon. Saturday night will feature an evening of Olympic-contested action with final round action in both the 10 men's weight divisions and the three women's Olympic weight divisions at 7 p.m.
Preliminary and semifinal action is open to the public and free of charge for all attendees. Spectators for the women's finals on Saturday afternoon are encouraged to bring a donation for the women's boxing program. Tickets for Saturday night's action will go on sale on March 1 through www.ticketswest.com and are only $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
"The Sports Corp is genuinely thrilled that the USA Boxing National Championships will return to Colorado Springs, and that we can help host and promote this tremendous event again," said Dave Palenchar, Chairman of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. "Our city has had the honor of hosting this event many times in the past, and each time, it has been a success. We look forward to showcasing the best of America's Olympic-style boxers in the city that is the home of our Olympic movement as they train and prepare for the 2012 Olympic Games in London."
The event is being presented by the Daniels Fund for the second straight year and USA Boxing appreciates the tremendous support of the outstanding philanthropic organization. "Bill Daniels wanted young people to have access to quality coaches and sports programs that teach discipline, confidence, and sportsmanship," said Linda Childears, president and CEO of the Daniels Fund. "As a representative of his legacy, the Daniels Fund is honored to be associated with the USA Boxing National Championships - a positive, inspirational sporting event for Olympic hopefuls."
Budweiser has signed on as the first gold sponsor for the 2010 USA Boxing National Championships and is returning to the amateur boxing scene following a long history with both USA Boxing and the tournament.
The women's division will enjoy a historic USA Boxing National Championships following the IOC's decision to add women's boxing to the Olympic docket at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. Three women's divisions have been added to Olympic action with the flyweight (106-112 lbs), lightweight (125-132 lbs) and (152-165 lbs) middleweight competitors all earning a shot at Olympic glory. Due to the IOC's inclusion of women's boxing, one men's division was removed and the male boxers will compete in 10 weight classes at the 2010 USA Boxing National Championships.
Several top ranked boxers and returning champions are scheduled to compete in the event, including two-time Olympian and 2007 World Champion Rau'shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) who is currently attempting to become the first U.S. boxer to compete in three Olympic Games. Local and regional qualifiers will take place across the nation to determine the final roster of competitors who will vie for a national title in Colorado Springs.
The USA Boxing National Championships have been held annually since 1888, making it the longest running amateur boxing tournament in the United States, and the event consistently showcases future Olympians and future World Champions. Former champions include Pernell Whitaker, Oscar De La Hoya, Sugar Ray Leonard, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and Muhammad Ali (as Cassius Clay).