It's been a tough beginning for locals at the USA Boxing Elite National Championships at the HUB Sports Center in Spokane, WA. Two Beltway amateurs have already been eliminated from competition this week as they enter day three of the event.
On Tuesday, Alexandria, VA middleweight Clinso Brumfield lost a 3-0 decision to the defending champion LeShawn Rodriguez of Shirley, NY. Monday's action saw Brumfield win his opening round bout by a 3-0 decision over Chase Calloway of St. Joseph, MO. However, Eric Hernandez of Leesburg, VA fell to Efrain Estrada of Hillsboro, OR, 3-0 in a 141-pound contest.
Scheduled to compete in today's action will be Bladensburg, MD's Tiara Brown who will compete in a 125-pound contest against Jenelle Leal of Corpus Christi, TX. Also, Jerrod Bowling of DC will face Julius Butler of St. Louis, MO in a 178-pound bout.
The rest of the local competitors will not see action until the event switches venues to the Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Spokane on Friday. Malik Jackson of DC drew a bye in the 114-pound division (he is the top seed) and won't compete until Friday. The 165-pound female division will not begin until Friday, so that's when Baltimore's Franchon Crews will face Krystal Correa of New York in the semi-finals. There is only one bout in the female 178-pound division, so Dara Shen of Alexandria will face Heidi Henriksen of Minnesota in the championship bout on Saturday.
The USA Boxing Elite National Championships are being livestreamed on USAboxing.org. The cost is $24.95 to watch.