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



Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas), who won four international gold medals in 2017, headlines the American women’s delegation.

Tickets for USA vs. Ireland's Springfield Stop Now on Sale

FEB. 09, 2018, 12:02 P.M. (ET)

Tickets for USA Boxing’s USA vs. Ireland Northeastern Boxing Tour’s second stop in Springfield, Mass. are now on sale.

Being held at the MassMutual Center on Thursday, March 15, the night will be filled with excitement as an anticipated 10 bouts of boxing between the two powerhouse nations headline the evening, as well as Springfield’s hometown AC/DC tribute band BACK IN BLACK kicking off the show and continuing to perform throughout the night.

“The MassMutual Center at MGM Springfield is thrilled to host Team USA and Team Ireland,” stated MassMutual Center Executive Talia Spera. “Boxing has a rich history in this region and we are excited to provide these types of premier sports entertainment offerings to our City.”

Tickets range in price from $35 for Upper Bowl seating to $100 for a limited premium seat at a ringside table. Seats in the Lower Bowl section of the MassMutual Center can be purchased for $50. Tickets can be purchased online here. Groups of 10 or more can enjoy select savings by calling Richard DeCusati at 413-271-3259.

The three-city boxing tour kicks off at Boston’s Royale Entertainment Complex on March 12 and comes to a close on March 21 at the Manchester Downtown Hotel in Manchester, N.H. Tickets for Boston's show will be available for purchase on Monday, Feb. 12, while tickets for Manchester go on sale Monday, Feb. 19.

Anticipated Team USA boxers throughout the tour include 2017 Elite World Championship bronze medalistTroy Isley (Alexandria, Va.) and 2017 Elite World Championship team members Delante Johnson(Cleveland, Ohio) and Quinton Randall (Humble, Texas). Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas), who won four international gold medals in 2017, headlines the American women’s delegation. A full roster for both teams will be released in the coming weeks. Boxers and rosters are subject to change.

Top 17 Moments of 2017

2017 was one of the most successful years for USA Boxing, and we would like to take a look back at the top 17 moments of 2017!

1.  Virginia Fuchs: 4 International golds and 18-0 record.

Virginia “Ginny” Fuchs was one of the most, if not the most, dominate boxers of 2017. Entering 2017 as one of the veterans for Team USA, Fuchs completed a clean sweep in international competitions this year, taking home four gold medals with a 16-0 record. She also won her bouts in international tournaments with unanimous decisions, except for two split decision victories. Fuchs closed out her impressive year taking two unanimous decision victories in Salt Lake City, Utah at the 2017 USA Boxing Elite National Championships. She now looks ahead to a very important year in 2018 with the Elite Women’s World Championships taking place in India.


2017 USA Boxing Elite National Championships

2017 USA Boxing Elite National Championships Finals

Salt Palace Convention Center

Salt Lake City, Utah

December 9

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Ring 2

Ginny defends her number one Rank at the National Championship  tonight. She is the 8th fight in ring number 2. Fights start at 7:00 PM MT.


FUCHS Takes 4th International Gold of 2017


Fuchs Takes Fourth International Gold of 2017 at Balkan Tournament

OCT. 22, 2017, 4 P.M. (ET)

Flyweight Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) capped off her already impressive 2017 season with her fourth international gold at the 2017 Balkan Tournament in Sophia, Bulgaria.

Fuchs, who finishes the year 16-0 in international tournaments, once again faced Brazilian Grazieli Jesus de Sousa and took the judges card for another unanimous decision victory. The win closes out a dominating year for the American, which has included gold medals at the Felix Stamm Tournament, Strandja Tournament and Continental Championships.

Fuchs will close out her 2017 season at the 2017 USA Boxing Elite National Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah this upcoming December. She will return to Colorado Springs, Colo. to the Olympic Training Center to begin her preparation for those championships. Team USA was led by Head Coach Billy Walsh (Colorado Springs, Colo.) during the tournament. Teammate Rashida Ellis (Lynn, Mass.) was the other American to box in the tournament, but fell short during the opening round.


51 kg.: Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas/USA, dec. over Grazieli Jesus/BRA,5-0



Team USA's Elite Women Travel to Sofia, Bulgaria Today for the 2017 Balkan Tournament

Three members of the Elite Women’s High Performance Squad depart for Sofia, Bulgaria today to compete for gold at the 2017 Balkan Tournament, October 17-23. The members of the team have been preparing for the tournament since September 18 at the Olympic Training Center.

The three boxers representing the United States in Bulgaria are Rashida Ellis (Lynn, Mass.), Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) and Naomi Graham (Colorado Springs, Colo.). The trio of Americans will be looking to close out a successful year for the Elite Women’s program on the international stage. Fuchs will be looking to claim her fourth international gold medal this year, while Ellis and Graham will be making their first international appearance of 2017.

Billy Walsh (Colorado Springs, Colo.) will lead the Americans throughout the tournament, with Quentin McCoy (Colorado Springs, Colo.) serving as assistant coach. Also working with Team USA throughout the tournament will be Medical Manager Jarad Branski (Colorado Springs, Colo.), National Teams Manager Jess Luscinski (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach Jose Polanco (Colorado Springs, Colo.).

The third edition of the Balkan Tournament preliminary rounds will begin Wednesday, October 18, with finals on Sunday, October 22. Follow USA Boxing for complete results of the tournament.


Fuchs and Perkins Win Gold at 2017 Continental Championships

JUNE 17, 2017, 12:27 P.M. (ET)

Team USA picked up six medals on the sixth day of the 2017 Continental Championships, including two gold medals from flyweight Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) and heavyweight Danielle Perkins (Houston, Texas), at the Coliseum Nacional de Ingenieros in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Fuchs and Perkins were the highlight of the second session of the day, each taking their first Continental Championships title. 

Fuchs won all five judges card over Canada’s Mandy Bujold to take her third international title of the year. “Overall, I am very happy with my performance here,” stated Fuchs. “After losing last year in the semifinals, I came back showing everyone I am at that world class level.”

This year’s Continental Championships has brought over 200 boxers from 28 different countries. Team USA is led by Head Coach Billy Walsh (Colorado Springs, Colo.), as well as Resident Coach Kay Koroma(Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Assistant Coaches Joe Guzman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Jeff Mays (San Antonio, Texas) and Augie Sanchez (Las Vegas, Nev.).


Team USA Results

51 kg: Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas/USA dec. over Mandy Bujold/CAN, 5-0

56 kg: Javier Ibanez/CUB dec over. Duke Ragan, Cincinnati, Ohio/USA, 4-1

60 kg: Delante Johnson, Cleveland, Ohio/USA dec. over Luis Cabrera/VEN, 5-0

64 kg: Andy Cruz/CUB dec. over Freudis Rojas Jr., Las Vegas, Nev./USA, 5-0

69 kg: Quinton Randall, Katy, Texas/USA dec. over Juan Solano/DOM, 5-0

75 kg: Tamara Thibeault/CAN dec. over Oshae Jones, Toledo, Ohio/USA, 3-2

81+ kg: Danielle Perkins, Houston, Texas/USA, won by RSC over Alvarado Jaritza/NCA, RSC-1

91+ kg: Jose Larduet/CUB dec. over Nkosi Solomon, Brooklyn, N.Y./USA, 5-0