USA Boxing is returning to downtown Shreveport, Dec. 5-11. According to the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission, some 1300 boxers (plus family members and friends) will be coming to the area for the 2021 Boxing Nationals. This is not the first time in downtown Shreveport for USA Boxing, but it will be vastly different from last year, when Covid restrictions prevented any spectators for the bouts. Even so, the 2020 Nationals were a great event at a time when few conventions were happening.
“The 2020 USA Boxing National Championship was a huge success at the Shreveport Convention Center, the largest to date, and we are thrilled to have it come back to Shreveport-Bossier City,” said Kelly Wells, Executive Director of the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. “With an estimated economic impact of 3.9 million, Shreveport, Bossier City, and the State of Louisiana are proud to host the 2021 USA Boxing National Championships in December.” Bouts will start at noon, Monday, Dec. 6 at the Shreveport Convention Center and run through Competition Finals on Saturday, Dec. 11.
Some of the winners will go onto careers in boxing and will represent Team USA in the Paris Olympics in 2024. We can say we saw them here first!
Original Story- December, 2020
Future Olympians will be walking among us over the next week as Shreveport hosts the 2020 USA Boxing National Championships at the Shreveport Convention Center. The event will bring some of the best competitors the amateur sport has to offer, running through April 3. The boxers are put into brackets and progress as they win bouts; some of these winners will end up representing Team USA in the Paris Olympics in 2024! Unfortunately, Covid restrictions mean that the fights are not open to the public, but there are multiple locations downtown that will be streaming the live bouts including Red River Brewpub, Sam’s Town Casino, River & Rye restaurant at the Shreveport Hilton, Retro Down Town Cafe, Remington Suite Hotel & Spa and Robinson Film Center/Abby Singer’s Bistro.
“The Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission (SBSC) worked hard to accommodate USA Boxing making adjustments to their schedule to meet our needs,” said USA Boxing Event Coordinator, Taryn Cass. “We feel confident that the new dates will allow us to host a successful event and enable us to provide the experience that our members expect and deserve in a safe environment.”
With the new dates, the tournament have added three additional days of competition. The added days will allow for a soft start giving boxers, coaches, officials, and staff an opportunity to adjust to the Covid-19 mitigation procedures. The tournament will have early check-in on the 25th-26th, with official check-in on the 27th. A complete check-in schedule can be found here. Competition begins on the 26th for select divisions.
USA Boxing will continue to update tournament news at the #USABNC20 event page.