(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – A full week of boxing culminated in the coronation of 20 new national champions at the 2010 USA Boxing National Championships in Colorado Springs on Saturday. The roster of 2010 National Champions includes several veterans and returning champions as well as first time winners of the event.
On the women’s side, four-time light flyweight national champion Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) carried her success into the flyweight division, defeating Tyriesha Douglas (Baltimore, Md.), 15-7, in the championship bout. Esparza is the first flyweight champion in the event following the IOC decision to allow women’s boxing into the 2012 Olympics. In addition to the flyweight division, the lightweight and middleweight classes will be contested in London.
.A second veteran claimed the lightweight title as three-time light welterweight champion
Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) moved down a division to win her fourth straight national title. Underwood defeated reigning lightweight champion Patricia Manuel (Gardena, Calif.) to win her fourth straight national championship.
Former light heavyweight national champion Tiffanie Hearn (Louisville, Ky.) won the final women’s Olympic weight class championship, taking a 9-2 victory over Lisbet Vargas (Hillsboro, Ore.) in the middleweight final round bout.
In women’s action, light flyweight Jessica Ponce (Napa, Calif.), bantamweight Lauren Fisher (Indiana, Pa.), featherweight Jody Ann Weller (Pomona, N.Y.), light welterweight Cashmere Jackson (Cleveland, Ohio), and heavyweight Denise Rico (Los Angeles, Calif.) all earned 2010 USA Boxing National Championships.
2010 USA Boxing National Champions
106 lbs: Jessica Ponce, Napa, Calif.
112 lbs: Marlen Esparza, Houston, Texas
119 lbs: Lauren Fisher, Indiana, Pa.
125 lbs: Jody Ann-Weller, Pomona, N.Y.
132 lbs: Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash.
141 lbs: Cashmere Jackson, Cleveland, Ohio
152 lbs: Andrecia Wasson, Centerline, Mich.
165 lbs: Tiffanie Hearn, Louisville, Ky.
178 lbs: Tyler Lord-Wilder, Lansing, Mich.
178 + lbs: Denise Rico, Los Angeles, Calif.