In this edition of the Neutral Corner: 
Claressa Shields Named a Semifinalist for the 83rd Annual James E. Sullivan Award
Team USA Enjoys a Medal Haul at the 2013 Independence Cup
2013 USA Boxing National Championships Update
Team USA to Embark on a Busy 2013 International Schedule
The USA Boxing National Championships to be Livestreamed
Membership Registration Update
Heads Up!
Claressa Shields Named a Semifinalist for the 83rd Annual James E. Sullivan Award

2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) has been named a semifinalist for the prestigious Sullivan Award. Known as the “Oscar” of sports awards, and older than the Heisman, the AAU James E. Sullivan Award honors the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. It has been presented annually by the AAU since 1930 as a salute to founder and past president of the Amateur Athletic Union, and a pioneer in amateur sports, James E. Sullivan. Based on the qualities of leadership, character, sportsmanship, and the ideals of amateurism, the AAU Sullivan Award goes far beyond athletic accomplishments and honors those who have shown strong moral character.

Shields made history in London by winning the first-ever gold medal in the women’s middleweight division as well as becoming the second youngest Olympic gold medalist in boxing history at only 17. She is one of 15 semifinalists for the annual award and voting will begin soon via the AAU website. USA Boxing’s membership and fans can assist in her campaign for the award by helping to get the word out. Voting will begin online today via, we encourage everyone to go online and vote for Claressa early and often.

Congratulations to Claressa, her coach Jason Crutchfield and her gym FWC Berston in Flint, Mich., for her selection as a semifinalist for this award.

It's a U.S. Medal Haul at the Independence Cup

USA Boxing started 2013 international action off with a bang, winning seven medals at the 2013 Independence Cup in the Dominican Republic. The eight-athlete squad enjoyed an outstanding week of action at the multi-nation event with flyweight Shawn Simpson (Chicago, Ill.) and light welterweight Erickson Lubin (Kissimmee, Fla.) leading the team with gold medal-winning performances. Light flyweight Leroy Davila (New Brunswick, N.J.), lightweight Kenneth Sims, Jr. (Chicago, Ill.) and welterweight Rashidi Ellis (Lynn, Mass.) won silver and the two U.S. female representatives, lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) and middleweight Raquel Miller (San Francisco, Calif.) each claimed bronze.


Bantamweight Gary Salazar (Fresno, Calif.) dropped a close 17-15 bout to Hector Marrero Leon of Puerto Rico in the first U.S. contest of the tournament. Yet, Team USA turned it on following the opening bout loss, going on a 14-bout winning streak across three days of action. Lubin pulled off the upset of the tournament in his first elite division international action. The 17-year-old defeated reigning Olympic bronze medalist Yasniel Toledo Lopez in the semifinal round en route to his Independence Cup gold medal.


Prior to departing for the Independence Cup, the squad participated in a preparatory training camp at the Olympic Training Center with USA Boxing International Teaching Coach Pedro Roque. Coach Ed Rivas (San Antonio, Texas) and Jason Galarza (Orlando, Fla.) led the team in the Dominican Republic with Dr. Robin Goodfellow (Albion, Mich.) serving as the Team Manager and Physician.

  2013 USA Boxing National Championships Update


The 2013 USA Boxing National Championships in Spokane, Wash., are quickly approaching and over 400 athletes have registered for the nation’s premier Olympic-style boxing tournament. Early registration has closed, but athletes who have not registered may still do so for a $50 fee through March 22 via this link. NO ATHLETE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER MARCH 22.


The current list of registered athletes can be found here.


The arrival dates for the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships are March 30-31 with registration taking place from 4-10 p.m., on Saturday, March 30 and 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 31. All athletes must participate in the general weigh in at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 31 at Northern Quest Resort & Casino.


All officials working the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships MUST participate in a mandatory two-day officials clinic from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., on Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino.

Tickets for the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships are priced from $5-$40 per session and can be purchased via Northern Quest Resort & Casino here. Full session passes are $100 and are available through the Northern Quest box office as well.

 USA Boxing to Embark on a Busy 2013 International Calendar

USA Boxing will send its top athletes in multiple age divisions to 18 international competitions in 2013, marking the most global events for the organization since 1998.


The international calendar began with a successful showing at the Independence Cup and will include multiple training camps and competitions on three continents in the first year of the new quad.


Both the junior and elite men will take part in a World Championships event in 2013 and International Teaching Coach Pedro Roque has developed a schedule of preparatory camps and international tournaments leading into the two events.


For the first time, a training camp and event has been scheduled for the junior females prior to their participation in a competition in Finland. The elite women will enjoy valuable training and competitive opportunities as well before heading to the World Championships in 2014.


For more information on USA Boxing’s busy 2013 international calendar, click here.

USA Boxing National Championships Livestream Info


Even if you can’t make it to Spokane for the USA Boxing National Championships, you don’t have to miss the week of Olympic-style boxing action. The 2013 USA Boxing National Championships will be shown via livestream and can be purchased for only $19.95 if ordered before April 1 and $24.95 after competition begins. Daily competition can also be purchased for $9.95 per day.


In addition to the 2013 action, the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships are being made available at only $4.99 per bout.


To purchase the livestream, click here.

Membership Registration Update

All coaches and officials are reminded to make sure their membership and certification are up to date.  While membership is renewed each calendar year, certification is current for two years from the date you take the Official or Coach clinic.  Take a moment to check your passbook, the last few pages contain the information and dates of your training clinics.  If your certification needs to be updated within the next six months, you may want to get in touch with your LBC Registration Chair to find out when and where the next clinic will be given.  Our athletes rely on us to be able to support them in the ring and keeping certificate up to date is an important part of their training.  Certification in the example below is current from 2/28/13 until 2/28/15. 


Record of Clinics, Seminars and Testing



Type of Clinic/Seminar or Test

Conducted by Organization


Authorized Clinician Signature


Denver, CO

Coach Level I

4 Corners Regional

Passed 100%

C. Clinician







 Heads Up!

Concussions: Facts for Coaches and Athletes
By: Dr. Robert Nielson

What is a Concussion?  It is a brain injury that is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body.  It changes the way the brain normally works.  It can occur during practice or competition in any sport or recreational activity.  It can happen without being knocked out or memory loss.  It can be  just being “dinged” or “having your bell rung.”

What are the symptoms of a Concussion?  No one can see a concussion, but typical symptoms might be one or more of the following:
•    Headache or pressure in the head
•    Nausea or vomiting
•    Balance problems or dizziness
•    Blurry vision
•    Bothered by light or noise
•    Feeling  foggy or sluggish
•    Difficulty paying attention
•    Difficulty remembering
•    Confusion
•    Just not feeling right

What should be done for a concussion? Never ignore symptoms following blows to the head whether it is in practice or competition.  The brain needs rest and time to heal.  While the brain is healing, another concussion is more likely to lead to permanent damage or sudden death.  Repeat concussions increase the time it takes to recover and may cause more damage to the brain.  It is important to rest and not return to any sporting activities or practice until a doctor says it is OK. Be sure to tell a coach right away if you think someone else in the gym is not acting right or complains of symptoms such as a headache.  All concussions are serious.  Coaches should not assess the athlete themselves:  If in doubt, keep them out; Let the Doc, check their clock!


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