The road to the 2012 Olympic Games held in London, England, is becoming more defined as we are now down to the Last Qualifier following the completion of last night’s USA Boxing National Championship competition in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Former Olympic medalists Nate Jones, Andre Ward, Andrew Maynard, and newly added USA Boxing savior and legendary professional coach Freddie Roach, were all in attendance showing support for both the amateur boxers competing and USA Boxing.
The final opportunity for amateur boxers to earn an invitation to the 2012 Olympics Boxing Team Trials held in Mobile, Alabama, at the Mobile Civic Center, July 31 to August 6, 2011, takes place from July 3rd to the 9th of 2011 at the Taft Masonic Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, 317 E. Fifth Street, with the 10 men’s weight class winners each qualifing for an invitation to the Team Trials.
These final days of competition lead to participation in the 2012 Olympics, boxing as a representative of the United States of America where the two semi-finalists go for Gold and Silver Medals while the losers of semi-final competition both receive Bronze at the ExCel multi-purpose events Center in the United Kingdom.
The shocking upset of Denver’s ‘King Louie’ Byrd in the 108 lbs. (light-flyweight) competition doesn’t force him to go to Cincinatti, as Byrd had already secured his invitation when earlier this year he won his Fourth consecutive National Golden Gloves title, but was anticipating his fourth straight USA Nationals Tournament Gold Medal.
All of these boxers in Colorado Springs this past week are State, Regional, and some National Champions who pride themselves in being recognized as the best in their weight class in the country.
Each boxer’s emotions are at a peak level with every battle and the idea of losing a bout being a bitter pill to swallow, especially when feeling you were victimized.
114 lbs. Gold Medalist John Franklin from Fort Carson was Colorado’s lone survivor of the past week’s competition, and now has the title 2011 USA National Champion added to his amateur resume.
112 lbs. Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas), 132 lbs. Queen Underwood (Seattle Washington), and 165 lbs. Franchon Crews (Baltimore, Maryland) gained berths to represent the USA in the first ever Women’s Olympic Boxing competition in 2012 with all three having shown superior skills in what was a week of tough women’s battles.
This past week of amateur boxing was an entertaining preview of what the 2012 Olympic Boxing Team Trials has to offer and who fans can choose as their own favorites to wear the Stars and Stripes at next year’s 2012 Olympic Games in London, England, beginning Saturday July 28 thru Sunday August 12, of 2012.
Olympic Weight Class Championship Bout Results:
- 108 lbs/male: David Carlton, Cincinnati, Ohio, dec. Louie Byrd, Denver, Colo., 28-27
- 112 lbs/female: Marlen Esparza, Houston, Texas, dec. Tyrieshia Douglas, Baltimore, Md., 27-16
- 114 lbs/male: John Franklin, Fort Carson, Colo., dec. Oscar Cantu, Kingsville, Texas, 13-10
- 123 lbs/male: Joseph Diaz Jr., El Monte Calif., dec. Joet Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif., 14-11
- 132 lbs/female: Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash., dec. Tiara Brown, Lehigh, Fla., 23-21
- 132 lbs/male: Jose Ramirez, Avenal, Calif., dec. Toka Kahn Clary, Providence, R.I., 28-20
- 141 lbs/male: Semajay Thomas, Chicago, Ill., dec. Thomas Duquette, Waltham, Mass., 23-12
- 152 lbs/male: Errol Spence, Desoto, Texas, dec. Luis Olivares, Glendale, Ariz., 13-7
- 165 lbs/female: Franchon Crews, Baltimore, Md., dec. Alyssa DeFazio, Peoria, Ariz., 15-13
- 165 lbs/male: Chris Pearson, Trotwood, Ohio, dec. Edgar Alvarado, Jr., San Bernadino, 11-10
- 178 lbs/male: Jesse Hart, won on medical disqualification over Jerry Odom, Bowie, Md., DQ
- 201 lbs/male: Jordan Shimmell, Hudsonville, Mich., dec. Andrew Tabiti, Las Vegas, Nev., 14-8
- 201+ lbs/male: Jonathan Hamm, St. Paul, Minn., won on medical disqualification over Laron Mitchell, San Francisco, Calif.
Women’s Non-Olympic Championship Bout Results:
- 106 lbs/female: Amy Sowers, Bozeman, Mont., dec. Marina Ramirez, Las Vegas, Nev., 21-14
- 119 lbs/female: Haley Pasion, Waipahu, Hawaii, dec. Amanda Pavone, Burlington, Mass., 11-11 (87-86)
- 125 lbs/female: Heather Hardy, Brooklyn, N.Y., dec. Elizabeth Leddy, Portland, Maine, 21-12
- 141 lbs/female: Cashmere Jackson, Cleveland, Ohio, dec. Luvisa Matali, Denver, Colo., 27-14
- 152 lbs/female: Stephanie Taylor, West Hills, Calif., dec. Amournix Stamp, Milwaukee, Wis., 9-1
- 178+ lbs/female: Charnita Johnson, Columbus, Ohio (unopposed champion)
Congratulations to all USA Boxing staff, coaches, and boxers for another fine job in promoting amateur boxing.
Stephen Johnson feature writes boxing for INSIDE BOXING.com, BORICUA BOXING.com, and UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.com