The 2011 USA Nationals Boxing Tournament begins next Monday June 20, 2011, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with superb amateur boxing action that will go a long way in selecting our 2012 Olympic Boxing Team members.
|(l-r) Lenroy ‘Cam’ Thompson, ‘King Louie’ Byrd,
Coach Stephen Blea, and Robert Brant will be in
Colorado Springs next week
Denver Police Brotherhood/S. Blea
With the added signifigance for this year’s tournament being the top four finalists in each weight class receiving an invitaion to the 2012 Olympic Boxing Team Trials, you can expect nothing short of phenomenal boxing action.
More than 330 of the best Olympic-style boxers in the country will begin competition in the opening day of action at the 2011 USA Boxing National Championships. In the men’s division, eight returning champions, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, and numerous former titlists will compete for a prestigious national championship in Colorado Springs.
Light flyweight Louie Byrd (Denver, Colo.), bantamweight Joseph Diaz Jr. (El Monte, Calif.), lightweight Jose Ramirez (Avenal, Calif.), light welterweight Pedro Sosa (Bronx, N.Y.), welterweight Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas), middleweight Luis Arias (Milwaukee, Wis.), light heavyweight Jeffery Spencer (Fountain, Colo.), and super heavyweight Lenroy “Cam” Thompson (Lenexa, Kansas) will all look to defend their 2010 crowns at the 2011 edition of the USA National Tournament.
2008 U.S. Featherweight Olympian Raynell Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) and 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials super heavyweight champion Michael Hunter (Las Vegas, Nev.) will both look to add a 2011 USA Boxing National Championship in a new weight class to their already impressive resumes. Williams has moved up to the lightweight division for his second run at Olympic gold while Hunter has slimmed down to the heavyweight division.
With the top four finishers in each of the 10 men’s weight divisions qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, all of the participants are looking to make a statement and stake their claim as the favorite in their weight division. The middleweight division promises excitement from start to finish with three current or former national champions and a young rising star all chasing USA Boxing National Championships gold. 2011 National Golden Gloves champion Jesse Hart (Philadelphia, Pa./NMU) hopes to avenge his tiebreaker loss to reigning champion Arias last year in the 2011 tournament. Eighteen-year-old Daquan Arnett (Orlando, Fla.) pulled out a victory over Arias at the recent Golden Gloves but lost to eventual champion Hart in the event final. 2009 National Champion Terrell Gausha (Cleveland, Ohio) has been honing his skills in the World Series of Boxing over the last six months and is looking for another national title in the stacked weight class.