USA Boxing announced during a Thursday, afternoon news conference that the 2020 USA Boxing National Championships will take place at the Shreveport Convention Center.
Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins attended the press conference and also posted a comment about the boxing event on his Facebook page.
“I am happy to announce that USA Boxing will be in downtown Shreveport in December. This will be great entertainment and a wonderful experience for our city.”
The championships were supposed to take place in Lake Charles, but Hurricane Laura’s devastation to the area necessitated a change of venue.
“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,” stated Michael Campbell, USA Boxing Events and Operations Manager in a press release posted on USA’s webpage.
“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.”
Kelly Wells, executive director for the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission commented, “Shreveport, Bossier City, and the State of Louisiana are proud to host the 2020 National Boxing Championships in December. Primarily, I would like to acknowledge my unwavering respect for Lake Charles and their investment in USA Boxing, which ultimately highlights Louisiana as a destination for national, elite sporting events.”
The event is scheduled to take place Dec. 5-12.
Nearly 1,000 amateur boxers, coaches, and boxing enthusiasts are expected to converge on downtown Shreveport.
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, according to USA Boxing.
Registration for the event opened Thursday.