In this edition of the Neutral Corner: 
Letter from Executive Director Anthony Bartkowski
Junior World Team Open Recap
LBC Membership Growth Report
USA Boxing Opens 2013 International Action
Physicians Symposium Information
Claressa Shields' Fantastic Start to 2013
  Letter from Executive Director Anthony Bartkowski

Dear Members:

There are two areas that we wanted to provide an update on regarding USA Boxing and they include the Reform Committee and new AIBA Technical Rules. These two areas are subjects of large cannon fodder amongst us, however I want to remind you that local boxing activities should proceed as previously planned.

You may have great reason to debate with each other on the various speculations, however I strongly encourage all of you to focus on training, coaching athletes, recruiting new members and doing what you do best for our athletes and members. Please verify any information you hear by checking the USA Boxing website. We will post the rules and/or structural changes at immediately upon receipt.

The USA Boxing Reform Committee just returned from its third meeting with AIBA leadership. We need to collectively thank the Committee for its efforts and dedication in keeping USA Boxing top of mind with its recommendations. There are going to be changes in how we govern the organization. These changes, once approved, will better guide USA Boxing into the future as the National Governing Body. There are several layers of approval that we must still undergo in the future.

The annual AIBA Commission meetings just concluded in Lausanne, Switzerland, and we have learned that the various rule changes will be distributed on or about February 15. We anticipate some of these rule changes to be controversial. USA Boxing is working on several plans on how we adopt any new rules in the best way possible for our organization. As the governing body for an Olympic Sport, we are obligated to follow the rules of that sport. All changes result in discussion. Let’s work hard to keep our Boxing family together in this time of change. Dr. Charles Butler, USA Boxing President, will have a communication on these rule changes later this week.

We want to remind everyone that the upcoming National Championships will be conducted under the new rules of AIBA. The 2013 USA Boxing National Championships will be the pre-selection event for the 2013 Men’s World Championships team. The one significant change is the age divisions for boxers.

Junior Boxers – 15 and 16 year olds
Youth Boxers – 17 and 18 year olds
Elite Boxers – 19-40 years old

The 2013 National Championships will have a Youth and Elite Age Division. In addition, pending final confirmation from AIBA, the 10-point must scoring system will be used during the 2013 Nationals.

USA Boxing will conduct a mandatory referees/judges seminar prior to the start of the Nationals to properly train our officials. No referee/judge will be able to work the Nationals if they do not attend the mandatory workshop. Angel Villarreal will coordinate this workshop and communication will be sent in the coming days.

The 2013 National Championships are being based upon the AIBA Statutes, Bylaws, Technical and Competitions Rules, and other rules as regulations as presently known and understood. Any change(s) in the 2013 National Championships caused by change(s) in AIBA Statutes, Bylaws, Technical & Competition Rules and/or other rules and regulations will be distributed to the affected USA Boxing athletes immediately, and USA Boxing reserves the right to modify the 2013 National Championships based on those changes made by AIBA. The 2013 National Championships are based on the most current information available to USA Boxing. However, the 2013 National Championships are always subject to intervening circumstances, whether foreseen or unforeseen, which may or may not have accounted for every possible contingency.

The 2013 USA Boxing National Championships paperwork will be distributed to members no later than Friday, February 8. The paperwork will be online and emailed to all LBC Presidents for distribution and registration for the tournament will be online. Once again, the 2013 event will be an open tournament. LBCs and Regions are welcome to conduct qualifying events, however athlete registrations must be received by the deadlines noted.

We wish you all the best luck for a great competitive season.

Best regards,

Anthony Bartkowski
Executive Director
Fourteen Young  Boxers Win Junior World Team Open Titles in Reno

The first-ever Junior World Team Open was held January 8-11 at the Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nev. Fourteen young boxers were crowned champions following four days of action at the inaugural event. JaJaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) won the first gold medal of the tournament on the first day of action in Reno, taking the featherweight crown in female action.

On the men's side, thirteen boxers won gold medals and the chance to represent the United States at the 2013 AIBA Junior Men's World Championships this summer in Kiev, Ukraine. The winners were: pinweight Jordan White (Waldorf, Md.), light flyweight Daniel Gonzalez (Moreno Valley, Calif.), flyweight Evan Sanchez (Fresno, Calif.), flyweight Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.), bantamweight Devin Haney (Las Vegas, Nev.), featherweight Michael Nelson (Mansfield, Ohio), lightweight Keoni Adric, Jr. (Haleiwe, Hawaii), light welterweight Brandon Trejo (Napa, Calif.), welterweight Javier Estrada (Palmdale, Calif.), junior middleweight Alexis Rocha (Santa Ana, Calif.), middleweight Eric Murguia (Slymar, Calif.) light heavyweight Suray Mahmutovic (Daly City, Calif.), and heavyweight  Pano Tiatia (St. George, Utah).
Five women won unopposed in Reno as well.  The unopposed champions were: pinweight Caitlin Orosco (Anaheim, Calif.), flyweight Nysja Barrientes (Las Vegas, Nev.), light bantamweight Ashley Perez (Sparks, Nev.), bantamweight Jessica Galvrez (Sparks, Nev.), and lightweight Iesha Kenney (Alexandria, Va.). Congratulations to all the winners! For more information on the Junior World Team Open and full event results, click here
 Membership Growth Initiative Results

In November 2011, the USA Boxing Foundation approved a grant proposal to assist USA Boxing and its LBCs increase their numbers of athlete and non-athlete members.  The program included sending regular membership renewal reminders; developing, printing and mailing a poster series of female and Olympic athletes; and set in motion a plan to reward LBCs that “grew” their memberships in 2012 by more than 5% over 2011 totals. 


Many, many thanks to the USA Boxing Foundation for investing in USA Boxing, its LBCs and LBC leadership.  As a result of the membership growth and incentive program, 34 LBCs have exceeded the 5% growth threshold to earn over $35,000 in incentive rebates. 


The top ten finishers in each category are listed below:


1.     Gulf                                                   

2.     Southwestern                                 

3.     Minnesota                                       

4.     Northern California                        

5.     Potomac Valley                              

6.     Oklahoma                                       

7.     Middle Atlantic                                

8.     Nevada                                            

9.     Iowa                                      

10.  Southern California                       



1.   Georgia

2.     Middle Atlantic

3.     Southern California/West Texas

4.     Florida Gold Coast

5.     Missouri Valley

6.     Oklahoma

7.     NCBA

8.     Kentucky/Virginia

9.     West Virginia

10.  Hawaii/South Atlantic


Congratulations to all the LBCs that took the membership growth challenge and succeeded.  In addition to the incentive monies “earned” these LBCs also gained the local association fees from these members and increased our grassroots base of athletes, coaches and officials to build the sport of boxing across the country. 

 Team USA Prepares to Open 2013 International Competition

USA Boxing will kick off 2013 international competition this month with competitions in China and the Dominican Republic. Team USA will travel to China and the Dominican Republic for competitions in February as a pair of athletes head to Beijing for a dual event, February 4-7, while eight boxers will compete in the Independence Cup in Santiago later in the month.
Bantamweight Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.) and light heavyweight Steven Nelson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) are currently in Beijing with 2012 Olympic Coach Charles Leverette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) joining the pair for the dual event
The eight U.S. athletes currently in training camp in Colorado Springs with International Teaching Coach Pedro Roque (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Edward Rivas (San Antonio, Texas) are 2012 U.S. Olympian Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) and 2012 Women’s World Championships silver medalist Raquel Miller (San Francisco, Calif.) as well  2012 National PAL Champions Laroy Davila (Brunswick, N.J.), Shawn Simpson (Chicago, Ill.),  Gary Salazar (Fresno, Calif.), Kenneth Sims, Jr. (Chicago, Ill.),  Erickson Lubin (Kissimmee, Fla.), and welterweight Rashidi Ellis (Lynn, Mass.).

For more information on the two events, go to 
The 2013 Physicians Symposium to be held June 26-29 in Mobile, Alabama

On behalf of USA Boxing and the American Board of Ringside Medicine, we would like invite you to join us for the 2013 Ringside Physicians Symposium, June 26-29 in Mobile, Ala., held in conjunction with our Junior Olympic National Championships.
This course is very instructive and will make you feel more at ease as a ringside doctor. Symposium participants are able to earn up to twenty-four (24) hours of category 1 CME credit hours while gaining valuable ringside experience.

We hope to see you there!

For more information on the 2013 Physicians Symposium, click here.
Olympic Champion Claressa Shields' Spectacular Start to 2013
 Historic Olympic champion Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) has enjoyed quite the start to 2013. The 17-year-old high school senior started the week with an appearance at the BET Honors award ceremony in Washington DC and that was only the beginning. Shields walked the red carpet along side Hollywood A-listers, and was quickly a favorite to celebrities and media members alike.

The award ceremony, which honored Chaka Khan, Halle Berry, basketball star Lisa Leslie, music executive Clarence Avant and religious leader T.D. Jakes, will air on February 11 on BET. The BET Honors highlights African Americans performing at top levels in the areas of music, literature, entertainment, education and more. After entering the Warner Theatre, Shields received special acknowledgement from BETs CEO, Debra Lee, before the award ceremony.

Yet, Shields week didn’t end with her whirlwind trip to the nation’s capitol. Her historic accomplishment this past summer in London was recognized with a question on Jeopardy on Tuesday’s episode of the highly-acclaimed game show. Commemorated as the $1200 question in the Women in Sports category, her question was, “American Claressa Shields won gold as the women’s version of this sport made its Olympic debut in 2012.”

She enjoyed another unique milestone today as her high school, Flint Northwestern High School, install a sign this week honoring her historic gold medal. Read more about her commemorative sign here.

Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram will no longer be the only Flint athlete with a sign posted on his high school alma mater; Ingram's sign is at Southwestern High School. The historic marker is displayed on the bottom half of Northwestern High School's main entrance sign.