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In this edition of the Neutral Corner:

USA Boxing to Host the First USA Boxing Senior National Championships

Shakur Stevenson, Jajaira Gonzalez and Darmani Rock Win Youth World Championships

Meet Interim Executive Director Mike Martino
UFC to Provide Valuable Marketing Opportunities to USA Boxing

STOP...BREAK...BOX - From the Desk of Chief of Officials Angel Villarreal

The 2014 National Golden Gloves are Underway in Las Vegas

Change is Coming - Full Online Registration Starts July 1

New USA Boxing Athlete of the Month Program

Team USA to Compete in the 2014 Cheo Aponte Tournament

Support the USA Boxing Foundation Through Amazon

USA Boxing to Host the First USA Boxing Senior National Championships

USA Boxing will host the first-ever USA Boxing Senior National Championships, July 28-August 2, in conjunction with the Ringside Tournament in Kansas City. The event will consist of the 10 men’s weight divisions with all of the action being contested with headgear.

Tournament registration will be solely online and can be accessed via this link. There will be no entry fee for the tournament and the entry deadline is Friday, July 18. Don't miss this chance to win a national championship, register now.

Shakur Stevenson, Jajaira Gonzalez and Darmani Rock Win Youth World Championships Titles

Team USA recorded its best performance in the history of the Youth World Championships, April 14-24 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Flyweight Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.), lightweight Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.), and super heavyweight Darmani Rock (Philadelphia, Pa.) all won gold medals in the event with middleweight Martha Fabela (Oakland, Calif.) claiming bronze in the world's most prestigious youth boxing tournament.

The United States squad finished first in the medal standings with an outstanding showing in the major international event. Stevenson, Gonzalez, Fabela and Rock will now prepare for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, August 16-28, in Nanjing, China.

UFC to Provide Valuable Marketing Assistance to
USA Boxing

USA Boxing’s board of directors is entering an agreement with UFC, which will provide access to an extensive fan base that Olympic-style boxing would not be able to reach through conventional marketing outreach. Through this unique partnership, UFC will utilize its massive reach to provide invaluable branding opportunities for our sport and athletes from the grassroots to the elite level. This new relationship will provide unprecedented exposure through a large number of marketing initiatives and events, including but not limited to: logo placement in venue, promotional video creation and dissemination, athlete acknowledgement at major events as well as free advertisement in event programs.

More information on this exciting, new relationship will be released soon.

Meet Interim Executive Director Mike Martino

USA Boxing Members,

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as your Interim Executive Director. My name is Michael Martino and I have extensive history with USA Boxing dating back to the 1970’s, first as a registered athlete, then transitioning into a coach, official, Group Member President, Board Member and former Interim Executive Director (July 2009 – October 2010).

I have been assigned the task to serve as your Interim Executive Director while USA Boxing and the Board of Directors transitions in to new leadership. My tasks include working with the Board to recruit, nominate, accept and train two Independent Board Members; research, examine and report on USA Boxing Bylaws and policies and procedures relating to the National Office’s financial and managerial reporting; establishing and maintaining Inter-organizational relationships vital to the interests of USA Boxing, such as the USOC, AIBA, USA Boxing Foundation, Association of Boxing Commissions and USA Boxing’s affiliate members; and most importantly, serve the membership as the Chief of Operations at the National Office in Colorado Springs.

I want to assure you that the Board of Directors is focused on providing the membership with professional services. While the national and international obligations associated with being the National Governing Body of Olympic Style Boxing may sometimes seem to dominate our agenda, the interests of the Local Boxing Committees and Group Members is of equal importance to the current leadership. This is evidenced by the recent decision to conduct the delayed 2014 Senior Men’s (with headgear) National Tournament in conjunction with the Ringside World Championships, assigning High Performance Staff to work closely with the USA Boxing Coaches Committee members to introduce a new Coaching Education Program/Certification which will be implemented in the upcoming months and working with USA Boxing volunteer officials and doctors to develop training videos that will be available to LBCs to use on a local level. Our National Office staff also has the important task of educating the membership regarding the athlete and staff selection/qualifying process for the 2016 Olympic Games in the upcoming months.

I am proud to serve this organization. I am looking forward to working with all of you to ensure our sport is managed in a safe and professional manner. As I am currently attending the 2014 National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, I wish to recognize the organizing committee for their outstanding efforts and wish the boxers success in their competitions.


From the Desk of USA Boxing

Chief of Officials Angel Villarreal
I want to thank all our volunteer Chiefs of Officials and officials that work day in and day out to keep boxing safe and alive at our grassroots level. USA Boxing could not function at any level without your hard work and dedication. It's much appreciated and it doesn't go unnoticed.

If you are a level 2 or 3 official you are more than welcome to work any USAB national event. The only requirement is a referral form signed by your LBC COO and President, the reason being that they are the only ones that know if you're active at your local level and your proficiency level.

With that being said, remember the only way to keep your skills up is by working every opportunity possible at local, state, and regional events. It doesn't matter how long you have been involved with boxing, you still have to participate and keep your skill level up.

I have put together a list of questions that you have been asking, so keep the questions coming.

Q - How come I can't tie the boxer’s jersey in back?

A - The intent of the rule was for multiple reasons; one was appearance, the second being that when the jersey is bunched up in the back you can't identify the LBC, region, franchise or name of boxer. It also helps the boxer to have a proper fitting uniform.

Q - Can a 16-year-old boxer who will turn 17 this year compete against a 26-year-old in a club show?

A – No, the oldest boxer they can compete against in a club show would be a 17-year-old.

Q - With the new age rule, can 7-year-old boxers compete in USAB competitions or club shows.

A – No, an athlete has to be at least 8-years-old to register with USAB.

Q - If I only have one scale for the weigh in and can't provide a trial scale, what should I do?

A - You can use the official scale to let the boxers check their weight. The weigh master/official will back away from the scale and let the boxer check their weight whenever it's convenient for the weigh master during the weigh in.

Q - If I want to file a protest after a bout, how much time do I have?

A - You have 30 minutes after the bout to turn the protest in, listing the rule infraction in written form.

Q – Why did the referee give my boxer an 8 count? It caused him to lose the bout.

A - When a referee administers an 8 count it neither give or takes away any points from a boxer. The 8 count is given so the referee can evaluate the boxer for any reason they deem necessary. It could be given after a hard blow has landed, or just because the referee sees something they feel might be a safety issue that they want to further evaluate. The bout is judged strictly on the boxer’s performance and the scoring criteria.

Best Regards,

Angel Villarreal

The 2014 National Golden Gloves are Underway in Las Vegas

The 2014 National Golden Gloves opened competition on Monday at the Las Vegas Hotel Events Center in Las Vegas. Boxers from 30 franchises throughout the United States will vie for a highly-coveted Golden Gloves championship this week with 10 champions being crowned on Saturday.

Boxing will begin nightly at 6 p.m. through Thursday with semifinal action at 7 p.m. on Friday and championship bouts at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Las Vegas Hotel Events Center.

For a full list of tournament competitors, bout sheets and results thus far, click here.
Change is Coming - Full Online Registration Starts July 1

We all hate change; but that doesn’t stop it from coming!

Starting July 1, 2014 all registrations with USA Boxing must be done on-line. Just say NO to paper!

Once you get used to this, we think you will love it.

More detailed information will be coming soon, but to find out the “how to” of getting things done on-line, check out our fabulous new web guides here! Learn how to register or renew your registration, register or renew your club, and how to apply for a sanction.

New USA Boxing Athlete of the Month Program

We don’t have to tell you about all the hard work it takes both in and out of the ring to be a winner. Most of the time it’s easy to feel like your achievements go unnoticed, but they don’t. That is why USA Boxing is excited to announce our new monthly program highlighting the outstanding boxers and coaches that make up our organization. The best part? You, our members, will be picking the winners.

Coaches: Do you have an athlete who win or lose maintains a positive attitude with their coaches, teammates, and opponents? Do they strive to better themselves, their families, and their communities?

Athletes: Do you have a coach who goes above and beyond to give you their all? Does their commitment to the sport and their athletes inspire you to work harder?

We want your submissions! We want to hear your stories and share them with the entire USA Boxing community. Not only do these boxing leaders deserve to be commended for their efforts, we can all learn by their example.

The program will launch in July and more information and the process to nominate your favorite USA Boxing members will be available on the USA Boxing website soon.
Team USA to Compete in the 2014 Cheo Aponte Tournament in Puerto Rico
USA Boxing’s elite team will return to international action at the 2014 Cheo Aponte Tournament, May 28-31, in Caguas, Puerto Rico. A squad of 13 athletes will compete against foes from south and central America at the annual event. The athletes representing Team USA will be: male light flyweight Leroy Davila, female flyweights Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.), male flyweight Malik Jackson (Washington DC), male bantamweight Jarico O’Quinn (Detroit, Mich.), male lightweight Genaro Gamez (San Diego, Calif.), male light welterweight Abraham Nova (Albany, N.Y.), male welterweight Jose Alday (Odessa, Texas), female middleweight Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.), male middleweight LeShawn Rodriquez (Shirley, N.Y.), male light heavyweight Jasper McCargo (Oakland, Calif.), male heavyweight Joshua Temple (St. Louis, Mo.), and male super heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas).

USA Boxing International Coach Pedro Roque (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Luis Gamez (San Diego, Calif.) and Jerrick Jones (Albany, N.Y.) will serve as the team coaches for the event with Dr. Lucien Parillo (Wallingford, Conn.) joining the squad as the Team Physician and David Zawacki (Reno, Nev.) serving as the AIBA official.

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