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Detroit to host 2023 USA Boxing National Qualifier

by USA Boxing

The 2023 USA Boxing Qualifier will head to Detroit’s Huntington Place, March 18-25, to kick off a busy year of amateur Olympic-style boxing throughout the country. 

Over 1,000 boxers, aged 8-40, are expected to step into one of the rings during the week-long national tournament, which will also serve as the second qualifier to next December’s 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Boxing for boxers competing in the elite division. 

“Detroit has an extremely proud boxing history and legends from Joe Louis to Thomas “Hitman” Hearns and more recently Tony Harrison have called the Motor City home,” said
Dave Beachnau, executive director of the Detroit Sports Commission.

 We are incredibly excited and honored to host the 2023 USA Boxing National Qualifier, bringing more than 1,000 boxers from across the nation to Detroit, and this prestigious event will bring our community a sense of nostalgia and pride.”

Michael Campbell, USA Boxing Events and Operations Manager added, “Once the final decision was made, the entire USA Boxing staff embraced the opportunity to host a National Qualifying event in an iconic city like Detroit that is on the move and a rising center of tech and mobility and a city that celebrates boxing and its proud local history.”

The city of Detroit, as well as the state of Michigan, has a rich history of Olympic amateur-style boxing. Olympic boxers to come from Detroit and Michigan include Olympic gold medalists Eddie Crook Jr. (1960), Steve McCrory (1984) and Frank Tate (1984), as well as two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields (2012 and 2016) hails from Flint, Michigan. The state has also produced numerous national champions and USA Boxing national team members over the years. 

More information regarding the event will be announced at the beginning of 2023, including schedule, registration information and more. 

The event will be the first of five planned national tournaments for USA Boxing in 2023, the most since 2019. 

Photo Credit: Huntington Place

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