The 2022 USA Boxing National Championships will close a successful year of boxing next week in Lubbock, Texas at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center with over 1,000 boxers, aged nine to 39, anticipated to begin competing on Dec. 5.
“We are thrilled to welcome USA Boxing back to Lubbock for the 2022 USA Boxing National Championships,” said John Osborne, president and CEO of Lubbock Sports. “Lubbock’s ongoing partnership with USA Boxing has elevated our local boxing community through significant investments into our athletes that have placed us on the map as a strong boxing region. We look forward to hosting these athletes and getting back in the ring for an exciting competition!”
“Our National Championships is the pinnacle event for us every year, and this year we expect to see some of the best boxing in not only the United States, but the world,” stated Mike McAtee, USA Boxing Executive Director and CEO. “These championships will feature numerous international medalists, as well as the next generation of World Champions, and we are excited for the city of Lubbock to be able to witness the great sport of amateur Olympic-style boxing.”
Boxers from across the country will gather in Lubbock over the next week with hopes of winning a national title, with the state of Texas leading the way with over 400 boxers registered to compete, including over 25 from the West Texas region, as well as Lubbock locals, such as, Edgar Herrera and Gabriel Rubio.
Other boxers expected to attend include eight of the nine boxers who recently represented Team USA at the Youth World Championships in La Nucia, Spain, including recently crowned Youth World Champion Yoseline Perez (Houston, Texas) and bronze medalists Dedrick Crocklem (Tacoma, Wash.) and Sa’Rai Brown-El (Marietta, Ga.). Additional members who have represented Team USA at international competitions will be in attendance, including 2021 Junior Pan American Games Champions Julius Ballo (San Diego, Calif.), Kayla Gomez (El Paso, Texas) and Jewry Rodriguez (Houston, Texas), as well as 2021 Elite Men’s World Championships team members Vershaun Lee (Rock Island, Ill.) and Jonathan Mansour (San Diego, Calif.), and many more.
This year’s championships will also serve as the first qualifier for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Boxing, which is scheduled to take place in December 2023, for boxers competing in the elite Olympic weight classes. These championships will also be one step closer for boxers in the youth and elite divisions to become part of USA Boxing’s high performance teams, which will give them the opportunity to potentially represent Team USA on the international stage.
Competition will begin on Monday, Dec. 5 and conclude on Saturday, Dec. 10, and open to the public. Admission prices start at $10 for daily admission and $40 for weekly admission. Finals will be $25. Only credit cards will be accepted. There will be two sessions, noon and 6:00 p.m., on Monday-Thursday, while Friday and Saturday will be one session beginning at noon. Saturday will be the finals for boxers in the junior, youth and elite divisions.