Potomac Valley Association of USA Boxing presents FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS AT THE HOWARD THEATRE. This event is an amateur boxing event to help raise much needed funds for our Athletes to travel to the 2017 Junior Olympic National Tournament held June 26-July 2 2017 in Charleston West Virginia.
The USA Boxing Junior Olympic program is where young amateur boxers gain experience towards a possible placement on the USA Olympic Boxing team and/or a professional boxing career. The first Junior Olympic boxing tournament was held in Columbia, SC in 1972 and each year since. The tournament starts at the Local Boxing Committee (LBC) level. Winners of the local level competition advance to one of the 14 Regional Tournaments. Winners of the Regional competition advance for the Championship title at the National Junior Olympic Tournament, held in June. Just as USA Boxing evolves so has the Junior Olympic Program. We celebrated our Silver Anniversary in 1996 at the US Olympic Education Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. This event was followed by an international tournament with teams from Germany, Russia, Canada, Ireland, England, and Mexico. The evolution of the tournament resulted in an increase of participants and participating age groups. Now groups of male and female Junior Boxers compete from 8 years to 16 years of age. Numerous Junior Olympic Champions brought great credit to the USA Boxing’s Junior Program such as Roy Jones, Evander Holyfield, Oscar De La Hoya, David Reid, and Albert Guardado. The Potomac Valley Association, has produced many champions through their JO Program. More notably World Champions, such as DeMarcus Corley, Keith Holmes, Mark Johnson, William Joppy, Sharmba Mitchell, Lamont Peterson and Gary Russell Jr., all were members of the Potomac Valley Association. PVA’s most recent accomplishment closing out 2016 was being awarded 10 medals in the JO tournament as well as earning the 1st Place Regional Award.
While there has been a decrease in financial support, the program has thrived because of the various LBC’s and Region’s commitments in raising funds to ensure opportunities continue to exist for the amateur boxer.