A contingent of athletes and officials from Milwaukee will be representing Wisconsin in the 2013 USA National Boxing Championships to be held the week of April 1st – 6th at the Northern Quest Resort in Spokane, Washington.
Head coach Israel “Shorty” Acosta, Boxing Coach for the 1994 USA Olympic team in Sydney Australia and long time United Community Center trainer, along with Assistant coach Angel Villarreal, Jr., will lead a lineup of seven Milwaukee athletes including two local female champions.
They include two nationally recognized boxers, Thomas Hill (152lbs) and Luis Feliciano (132lbs), who will be competing in the Elite Open Division.
In the Open Division competition Jesse Villarreal (123lbs) and Javier Martinez (152lbs) will provide some exciting action along with Heavy weight John Luna the reigning 2012 National Jr. Olympic Heavy Weight champion who recently went undefeated (4-0) in the Veles Cup World boxing competition held in Kergen, Russia.
Rounding out the team are two dynamic sisters Amoranix (141lbs Elite Open) and Marlisa (132lbs Open) Stamps.
Over 400 hundred entrants have registered for the tournament and will be representing athletes from every part of the country.
The first bouts are scheduled to begin Monday April 1st with the championship bouts closing out the tournament April 6th.
Also representing Wisconsin is a veteran group of USA amateur boxing officials who will be participating as officials and tournament staff. Internationally recognized referee Angel Villarreal (USA Boxing Chief of officials), Anna Villarreal (Judge) and local Attorney Roy Evans, who is serving as tournament announcer, will all be playing vital roles at the event. Coach Acosta says, “Giving our kids experience and an opportunity to get to show their talent on a national stage against the countries best can’t get any better.
“These kids work very hard and deserve our encouragement and support. Now we get a chance to see if we can make their dedication and hard work to pay off.”
A press conference/reception for the athletes and sponsors will be planned shortly after tournament.
Wisconsin Golden Gloves Tournament is scheduled for Saturday April 6th, 13th and finals on Saturday April 20th starting at 7p.m., Dr. John Bryant Center in Racine Wisconsin.
For more information contact Wisconsin Amateur information see: www.wisconsinboxing.com