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The Boxing Champion Who Battles O.C.D.

By Aimee Berg, New York Times

July 31, 2019

Virginia Fuchs announced herself to the boxing world at the 2016 United States Olympic Trials, where she twice upset Marlen Esparza, a world champion. In 2017, Fuchs went 18-0. In 2018, she claimed a bronze medal at the world championships by attacking her flyweight opponents, on average, every four seconds during nine minutes of boxing.

“That’s an engine!” said Billy Walsh, the head coach for the American team. “She’s a supreme athlete. We joke and call her Seabiscuit because she’s like a racehorse.”

Fuchs, known as Ginny, is now the most established fighter from the United States at the Pan American Games this week. The same will most likely be true at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“Pretty much everybody’s looking at me to win gold,” said Fuchs, a 31-year-old Texan.

Boxing, though, is the least of her battles.

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Fuchs and Graham Advance to Quarterfinals of 2018 World Championships

https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Boxing/Features/2018/November/19/Fuchs-and-Graham-Advance-to-Quarterfinals-of-2018-World-Championships

Fuchs and Graham Advance to Quarterfinals of 2018 World Championships

NOV. 19, 2018, 9:48 A.M. (ET)

Team USA was back on track during the fifth day of competition at the 2018 Elite Women’s World Championships in New Delhi, India with two wins.

Virginia Fuchs (Houston, Texas) grabbed her third unanimous decision victory of these World Championships to advance to tomorrow’s quarterfinal bouts. Fuchs win over Euna Jang of Korea will pit her against Chang Yuan of China. This will be the second matchup between the two flyweights, as they stepping into the ring today at last year’s Strandja Tournament quarterfinals, which Fuchs came out victorious by unanimous decision.

Middleweight Naomi Graham’s (Colorado Springs, Colo.) wait to return to the World Championships stage came to an end today with a powerful performance over Russian Darima Sanddokova, causing the referee to stop the bout in the second round. Graham will return for her quarterfinal bout against Sarah Alexandra Scheurich of Germany.

Krystal Dixon (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and Danielle Perkins (Houston, Texas) will make their 2018 World Championships debut alongside Fuch and Graham. Dixon will face Lina Wang of China, while Perkins steps into the ring against Lazzat Kunggeiba Yeva of Kazakhstan.

Day 5 Results

51 kg: Virginia Fuchs, Houston, Texas/USA, dec. over Euna Jang/KOR, 5-0

65 kg: Naomi Graham, Colorado Springs, Colo./USA, won by RSC over Darima Sandokova/RUS, RSC-2

Draw Set for 2018 World Championships

The path to gold at this year’s Elite Women’s World Championships in New Delhi, India have been paved, as the draw for the 277 boxers stepping into the ring at the IG Stadium Complex was announced today.

Team USA will see team captain Virginia Fuchs (Houston, Texas) enter the ring first against Tetyana Kob of Ukraine in tomorrow’s opening day of competition. Fuchs faced Kob at the 2017 Feliks Stamm Tournament, where she took an unanimous decision win.

Friday will see four Americans begin their tournament, Jazelle Bobadilla (Ew Beach, Hawaii), Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.), Oshae Jones (Toledo, Ohio) and Stacia Suttles (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Amelia Moore (Alexandria, Va.) and Rianna Rios (Colorado Springs, Colo.) will make their World Championships debuts on Saturday.

The final three members of Team USA, Krystal Dixon (New Rochelle, N.Y.), Naomi Graham (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Danielle Perkins (Houston, Texas), were awarded byes, along with Rios and Suttles, and will enter the ring later in the tournament.

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Team USA Schedule

48 kg: Jazzelle Bobadilla, Ewa Beach, Hawaii/USA, vs. Aigerim Kassenayeva/KAZ, Nov. 16

51 kg: Virginia Fuchs, Houston, Texas/USA, vs. Tetyana Kob/UKR, Nov. 15

54 kg: Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y./USA, vs. Manisha Moun/IND, Nov. 16

57 kg: Rianna Rios, Colorado Springs, Colo./USA, vs. Helina Bruyevich/BLR, Nov. 17

60 kg: Stacia Suttles, Brooklyn, N.Y./USA, vs. Sudaporn Seesondee/THA, Nov. 16

64 kg: Amelia Moore, Alexandria, Va./USA, vs. Simranjit Kaur Baatth/IND, Nov. 17

69 kg: Oshae Jones, Toledo, Ohio/USA, vs. Iaroslava Iakushina/RUS, Nov. 16

75 kg: Naomi Graham, Colorado Springs, Colo./USA vs. winner of Darima Sandakova/RUS vs. Busenaz Surmeneli/TUR, Nov. 19

81 kg: Krystal Dixon, New Rochelle, N.Y./USA, vs. winner of Marija Curran/CAN vs. Wang Lina/CHN, Nov. 20

81+ kg: Danielle Perkins, Houston, Texas/USA, vs. winner of Lazzat Kungeybayeva/KAZ vs. Tetiana Shevchenko/UKR, Nov. 20

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USA vs. Germany Duel Matchups Set

OCT. 01, 2018, 12:55 P.M. (ET)

The matchups for both nights of the USA vs. Germany Duels in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Oct. 6 and Oct. 12 were announced today by USA Boxing.


The first night of action will consist of 13 exciting bouts with six female and seven male stepping into the ring for Team USA. A full list of matchups can be found below. Five of the six American females will be boxers who just competed in this weekend’s Boxam Tournament in Castellon, Spain, including gold medalists Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) and Naomi Graham (Colorado Springs, Colo.), silver medalist Rianna Rios (Colorado Springs, Colo.), bronze medalist Oshae Jones (Toledo, Ohio), as well as Stacia Suttles (Bronx, N.Y.). The final member of Team USA boxing that night will be 2017 Youth World Championships team member Sharahya Moreu (Albuquerque, N.M.), who will be making her international elite debut.


On the men’s side, the first night will see four World Championship medalists box, including 2016 Youth World Champion Delante Johnson (Cleveland, Ohio), 2017 Elite World Championship bronze medalist Troy Isley (Alexandria, Va.) and Freudis Rojas Jr. (Las Vegas, Nev.), as well as 2016 Youth World Championships’ bronze medalist Richard Torrez Jr. (Tulare, Calif.). Joining these four boxers are 2018 international gold medalist Keyshawn Davis (Norfolk, Va.), 2017 Elite National Champion Salaam Gonzales (Denver, Colo.) and 2017 Elite National Championships’ silver medalist Raymond Ford (Sicklerville, N.J.).


The second duel will feature all the same female boxers, excluding Fuchs, who will be replaced by two-time World Championships’ bronze medalist and 2018 Boxam Tournament silver medalist Christina Cruz (NewYork, N.Y.).


Gonzales, Isley, Rojas Jr. and Torrez Jr. will be in action once again on the 12th, with 2017 Elite World Championships’ silver medalist Duke Ragan (Cincinnati, Ohio). Filling out the remaining bouts will be 2017 Elite Heavyweight National Champion Jared Anderson (Toledo, Ohio), 2018 Western Qualifier champion Adrian Benton (Cincinnati, Ohio) and 2018 Chemistry Cup gold medalist Khalil Coe (Jersey City, N.J.).


Team Germany will consists of numerous boxers with world championship and other international experience, as well as 2014 Youth Olympic Games Champion Peter Kadiru. Other members include Women’s World Championship medalist Nadine Apetz, European Games medalist Kastriot Sopa and Youth World Championships’ medalist Nelvie Tiafack.


Both rosters and matchups are subject to change.


Boxers and coaches participating in the 2018 Eastern Elite Qualifier & Regional Open Championships will gain free entrance to the Oct. 6 duel. Tickets can be purchased at the door for both duels. Saturday, Oct. 6 duels will be $20 for general admission, while Friday, Oct. 12 duels will be $10 for general admission.

 

To stay up to date on the event, check USABoxing.org.

Oct. 6 Matchups

54 kg: Virginia Fuchs vs. Azize Nimani

57 kg: Rianna Rios vs. Ornella Wahner

64 kg: Stacia Suttles vs. Maja Kleinhans

69 kg: Oshae Jones vs. Nadine Apetz

75 kg: Sharahya Moreu vs. Sarah Scheurich

75 kg: Naomi Graham vs. Irina Schonberger

52 kg: Salaam Gonzales vs. Hamza Touba

56 kg: Raymond Ford vs. Hamsat Shadalov

60 kg: Keyshawn Davis vs. Murat Yildirm

64 kg: Delante Johnson vs. Kastriot Sopa

69 kg: Freudis Rojas Jr. vs. Paul Wall

75 kg: Troy Isley vs. Andrey Merzlyakov

91+ kg: Richard Torrez Jr. vs. Nelvie Tiafack


Oct. 12 Matchups

54 kg: Christina Cruz vs. Azize Nimani

57 kg:: Rianna Rios vs. Ornella Wahner

64 kg: Stacia Suttles vs. Maja Kleinhans

69 kg: Oshae Jones vs. Nadine Apetz

75 kg: Sharahya Moreu vs. Irina Schonberger

75 kg: Naomi Graham vs. Sarah Scheurich

52 kg: Salaam Gonzales vs. Jamza Touba

56 kg: Duke Ragan vs. Hamsat Shadalov

64 kg: Adrian Benton vs. Wladislaw Baryshnik

69 kg: Freudis Rojas Jr. vs. Paul Wall

75 kg: Troy Isley vs. Artur Beck Ohanyan

81 kg: Khalil Coe vs. Ibragim Bazuev

91 kg: Jared Anderson vs. Eugen Waigel

91+ kg: Richard Torrez Jr. vs. Nelvie Tiafack

https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Boxing/Features/2018/October/01/USA-vs-Germany-Duel-Matchups-Set

Fuchs, Potkonen and Gustafsson could be the stars of the upcoming Boxam Women’s Tournament

27 September 2018

The Boxam Women’s Tournament will be starting with its first competition day in Castellon de la Plana this Friday which is the highlight of this week besides to the Romanian Golden Belt Tournament. Several stars of women’s boxing such as United States’ Virginia Fuchs, Finland’s EUBC European Women’s Champions duo Mira Potkonen and Elina Gustafsson also will be attending in the Boxam Women’s Tournament.

The Boxam Women’s Tournament will be a strong female elite, youth and junior competition which is scheduled to take place in a new venue in Castellon de la Plana which is located in the Valencia region of Spain. Women boxing powers as United States of America, France, Australia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Wales, Puerto Rico, Hungary and host Spain all will be there in the start of the Boxam Women’s Tournament.

The energetic President of the Spanish Boxing Federation Mr. Felipe Martinez divided their traditional international competition into two parts this year. The first was held for the elite, youth and junior male boxers in Murcia in the month of May while the second Boxam Tournament for the female athletes are schedule in Castellon de la Plana this week.

The powerful US women delegation arrived to the venue before its start to acclimatize and the Australians are also trained in the recent days in Spain. Among the stars of women boxing United States’ Virginia Fuchs, Australia’s Skye Nicolson, Italy’s Irma Testa, Germany’s Nadine Apetz, and Finland’s EUBC European Women’s Champions duo Mira Potkonen and Elina Gustafsson could be the bests in the event.

The upcoming Boxam Women’s Tournament will be starting with its first competition day this Friday on September 28 and more than 100 female boxers are expected to take part in Castellon de le Plana.

USA vs. Germany Duels to Take Place in Chattanooga Alongside Eastern Qualifier

Two of the world’s top amateur boxing power houses will meet in Chattanooga, Tenn. for two separate duels taking place Saturday, Oct. 6 and Friday, Oct. 12 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

The duels will feature some of the top male and female elite boxers from both the United States and Germany, as they prepare for the lead up to the Olympics in 2020. The two events will take place alongside this year’s Eastern Elite Qualifier & Regional Open Championships, which is expected to have over 650 boxers, aged 8-40, compete from Oct. 8-13.

“We are excited to host the German Federation, as they have hosted us numerous times for training camps over the past two years,” stated USA Boxing High Performance Director Matt Johnson. “This will be a great competition and a great opportunity for USA Boxing to showcase our next generation of Olympic hopefuls on home soil.”

Team USA is expected to bring a talented team that will include multiple World Championship medalists, including 2017 Elite World Championship medalists Troy Isley (Alexandria, Va.), Duke Ragan (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Freudis Rojas Jr. (Las Vegas, Nev.), as well as two-time World Championship medalist Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.),  2016 Youth World Champion Delante Johnson (Cleveland, Ohio) and 2016 Youth World Championships bronze medalist Richard Torrez Jr. (Tulare, Calif.)

Other boxers anticipated to compete for Team USA include international medalists Khalil Coe (Jersey City, New Jersey), Keyshawn Davis (Norfolk, Va.), Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas), Oshae Jones (Toledo, Ohio), Quinton Randall (Katy, Texas) and Stacia Suttles (Brooklyn, N.Y.). These boxers are subject to change, and a full roster for both teams will be released closer to the start of the duels.

Boxers who are competing at the Eastern Elite Qualifier & Regional Open Championships are eligible for an early check-in on Saturday, Oct. 6 for the qualifier and will receive free entrance to that night’s duel. Coaches who pre-register for the Qualifier and complete early check-in will also receive free entrance to that night’s event. 

USA BOXING ANNOUNCES 2017 UNDER ARMOUR BOXER of THE YEAR AWARD

USA Boxing and Under Armour announced today the six boxers awarded Boxer of the Year for their accomplishments in 2017.

2017 Elite Female Boxer of the Year - Virginia Fuchs
 

Virginia Fuchs’ (Kemah, Texas) 18-0 record in 2017 was one of the most dominating performances in USA Boxing history. Fuchs won gold in all four international tournaments she was entered into, including the Continental Championships. Fuchs’ 18 wins included 15 unanimous decision victories and one RSC. She concluded her impressive year by winning the 2017 Elite National Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah.

2017 Accomplishments:

Balkan Tournament Champion

Continental Championships Champion

Feliks Stamm Tournament Champion

Elite National Champion

Strandja Tournament Champion

https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Boxing/Features/2018/April/03/USA-Boxing-Announces-2017-Under-Armour-Boxer-of-the-Year-Awards

 

Fuchs and Johnson Grab Victories for Team USA on Day 1 of 2018 Strandja Tournament

FEB. 19, 2018, 3:14 P.M. (ET)

The first day of the 69th annual Strandja Tournament in Sophia, Bulgaria kicked off today with Team USA taking two victories.

Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) continued to show her dominance in the ring, taking a unanimous decision victory over Yahong Yu of China. She will return to action on Thursday against Romania’s Claudia Maria Nechita.

The second American victory came from Delante Johnson’s (Cleveland, Ohio) split decision win over Billi Liljeqvist of Sweden. Johnson will face Luis D Fernando Rodrigues of Brazil on Wednesday.

This year’s tournament has brought over 250 boxers from 32 different countries to Bulgaria. Head Coach Billy Walsh (Colorado Springs, Colo.) is leading the American delegation, with Marc Gargaro (Newton, Mass.), Joe Guzman (Fountain, Colo.) and Charles Leverrette (Fountain, Colo.) serving as assistant coaches.

USA Results

51 kg: Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas/USA, dec. over Yahong Yu/CHN, 5-0

https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Boxing/Features/2018/February/19/Fuchs-and-Johnson-Grab-Victories-for-Team-USA-on-Day-1-of-2018-Strandja-Tournament