Registration for the event will open October 1 with competition scheduled for December 5–12. Due to COVID-19 and being the sole USA Boxing tournament in 2020, this year’s National Championships will be an open tournament with a minimum bout requirement for pee-wee to elite divisions.
“Hurricane Laura wreaked havoc on the city of Lake Charles and rendered their Civic Center inhospitable for this year’s National Championships. This came on top of the pandemic, which already nearly wiped out the 2020 National Tournament calendar,” said Michael Campbell, USA Boxing events and operations manager. “Our events staff immediately pivoted and was determined to replace the event with as little disruption as possible for our coaches and boxers that had been training with their goals fixed on participating in this event to end the year. Shreveport stepped up quickly to provide us a great alternative within the same footprint as the planned event, therefore we could keep our same scheduled dates and remain in the great state of Louisiana.”
Boxers competing in Olympic/International Federation weight divisions in junior, youth and elite age groups will be competing for their place on Team USA’s High Performance teams. Complete selection procedures will be announced in the next few weeks.
“Shreveport, Bossier City, and the state of Louisiana are proud to host the 2020 National Boxing Championships in December,” said Kelly Wells, executive director for the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. “As they recover from the detrimental effects of Hurricane Laura, Shreveport-Bossier is excited to keep this event within our state, which is expected to bring an estimated $2 million in economic impact to the area. We’re honored to welcome approximately 1,000 athletes to Shreveport-Bossier, as well as their coaches, friends, families and other boxing enthusiasts.”
This year’s championships will also have other changes to provide a safe tournament experience including staggered check-in days, set late coaches check-in hours, no general weigh-in and a quota for all weight classes.