2013 USA Boxing Nationals finals set for 4/6/2013!
Yet another USA Boxing Nationals is coming to an end on Saturday with two Olympians vying for titles along side newcomers and seasoned veterans.
The event has not been without controversy given the introduction of a new scoring system and the change in the age categories which meant that Olympic gold medal winner, Claressa Shields competed in the Youth Women division.
The Nationals is also the first major amateur competition allowing Elite Men to fight without helmets in years. This continues to raise serious concerns as the athletes may well face increased risks for head trauma and cuts — along with probing questions as to the motives for the change. Elite Women were excluded from this change — to the consternation of some — although in this case, exclusion might actually have been a good thing … for a change.
The Semi-final bout between Tiara Brown and Mikaela Mayer has also been controversal. Brown was given the nod with a 2-1 decision, but there are those who feel that Mayer was “robbed.” One question to ask is whether the scoring is such that Mayer’s team is basing their complaint on what might have been a different outdome in the old system.
Have a look at the video and you be the judge.
The Finals action begins at 1:00 PM on 4/6/2012.
For informationclick here for the USA Boxing Website
You can also watch all the action live HERE!
ELITE WOMEN FINALS
106 lbs: Elisha Halstead v. Alejandra Mercado
112 lbs: Marlen Esparza v. Virginia Fuchs
119 lbs: Christina Cruz v. Ayanna Vasquez
125 lbs: Rianna Rios v. Jen Hamann
132 lbs: Queen Underwood v. Tiara Brown
141 lbs: Faith Franco v. Bertha Aracil
152 lbs: Danyelle Wolf v. Fallon Farrar
165 lbs: Franchon Crews v. Raquel Miller
178 lbs: Tiffanie Hearn v. Dara Shen