World Championships Selection Camp Begins in Colorado Springs
by Brian Taylor, USA Boxing
Two members of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 boxing team highlight the 20-person roster World Championship selection camp scheduled to begin today in Colorado Springs, Colo. to determine the boxers that will compete at the 2021 Elite World Championships later this year. The training camp is being held at the United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Center for the first time since March 2020.
Rashida Ellis (Lynn, Mass.) and Naomi Graham (Fayetteville, N.C.) will return to their first high performance training camp since representing Team USA this summer in Tokyo, joining 18 other boxers from across the country looking to earn their place on their respective 2021 Elite Men’s or Women’s World Championships team.
Ellis and Graham will be joined by 2020 Tokyo Olympic Qualification team member Rahim Gonzales (Las Vegas, Nev.), numerous high performance team members, including Roscoe Hill (Spring, Texas), Jonathan Mansour (San Diego, Calif.) and Amelia Moore (Davie, Fla.), as well as boxers that competed at the 2020 USA Boxing National Championships. A complete roster is listed below in alphabetical order.
USA Boxing is planning to send a select number of men and women boxers to compete against the world later this year, with the men’s championship scheduled for Oct. 24 – Nov.6, while the women’s dates are still being finalized. The weight classes Team USA will compete in are those weight classes USA Boxing believes to most likely be the ones to be contested at the 2024 Olympic Games, which will be the focus of these World Championships. Those weight classes can be seen below.
|Men's Weight Classes||Women's Weight Classes|
|51 kg||52 kg|
|57 kg||57 kg|
|63.5 kg||60 kg|
|71 kg||63 kg|
|80 kg||70 kg|
|92 kg||75 kg|
USA Boxing Head Coach Billy Walsh (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and USA Boxing National Strength and Conditioning Coach Jose Polanco (Colorado Springs, Colo.) will lead the training camp along with assistant coaches Christine Lopez (Rowlett, Texas), Timothy Nolan (Rochester, N.Y.), Pete Rojas Jr. (Grand Prairie, Texas) and Nora Trujillo (Richmond, Texas).
Be sure to follow USA Boxing on social media for a closer look inside the training camp.
Obed Bartee-El, Harvest, Ala.
Rashida Ellis, Lynn, Mass.
Rahim Gonzales, Las Vegas, Nev.
Naomi Graham, Fayetteville, N.C.
Jahmal Harvey, Oxon Hill, Md.
Roscoe Hill, Spring, Texas
Omari Jones, Orlando, Fla.
Skylar Lacy, Indianapolis, Ind.
Vershaun Lee, Rock Island, Ill.
Jennifer Lozano, Laredo, Texas
Jonathan Mansour, San Diego, Calif.
Morelle McCane, Cleveland, Ohio
Amy Minter, Rocklin, Calif.
Amelia Moore, Davie, Fla.
Jordan Panthen, Kapolei, Hawaii
Shera Mae Patricio, Waianae, Hawaii
Adrian Rodriguez, Glendale, Ariz.
Arika Skoog, Boston, Mass.
Jamar Talley, Westfield, N.J.
Jarvis Winn, Houston, Texas