USA Boxing’s first national tournament of 2022 will take place April 23-30 at the Wolstein Center, which is located on the Cleveland State University campus in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The event, which will serve as a qualifier for the 2022 USA Boxing National Championships for elite boxers, will also feature boxers in the pee-wee to youth divisions.
“USA Boxing looks forward to bringing a national tournament back to the state of Ohio,” said Taryn Cass, coordinator of the US boxing events. “Cleveland has a rich boxing history and we are excited about the local support and involvement of the boxing community there.
Greater Cleveland Sports Commission has made a highly competitive bid on behalf of their city and we are confident that our partnership will deliver an event that will continue the upward trend of growth and success that USA Boxing has seen in recent years.”
“Cleveland is excited to welcome the 2022 USA Boxing National Qualifier this spring as it presents a great opportunity to celebrate our city’s long history with the sport,” said David Gilbert, President and CEO of Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. “Through a strong partnership with USA Boxing and the Wolstein Center, our team looks forward to working directly with local boxing clubs and other community organizations to make this a successful event and build on the diverse array of events Cleveland has consistently hosted.” attracted.”
The week-long tournament will give elite boxers (18-39) the chance to score their ticket to this year’s National Championships, while all other divisions will strive to earn valuable National Ranking Points. Full qualifying guidelines for the 2022 USA Boxing National Championships will be announced at a later date.
USA Boxing returns to the state of Ohio after Columbus hosted the 2019 Eastern Qualifier, which saw more than 800 boxers take to the ring in a state filled with USA Boxing history.
“Cleveland has such a rich boxing history. Many Olympians and world champions have been shaped by our community, both in and out of the ring,” said Chris Cugliari, president of the USA Boxing Alumni Association. “We are incredibly proud to welcome the next generation of champions and look forward to witnessing their first chapters on their way to the 2024 Paris Olympics and beyond.”
Three Ohio state boxers represented Team USA at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, silver medalist Duke Ragan (Cincinnati), bronze medalist Oshae Jones (Toledo), as well as Cleveland’s own Delante Johnson, who extended Cleveland’s native boxing Olympians to four , following in the footsteps of Charles Conwell (2016), Terrell Gausha (2012) and Raynell Williams (2008).
Registration for the event opens on Tuesday, March 1, and runs through April 12.