Everlast Worldwide and Crunch Gym will host a top squad of U.S. amateur boxers in a rare public workout on Thursday, September 30 at noon. The 13-person team will train at the Lafayette Crunch location in a pre-event workout before facing off with China on “Empires Collide”, an international boxing dual featuring two of the sport’s top nations on Friday, October 1. The dual will showcase top teams from both countries in a night of Olympic weight class action, with 10 men’s bout and three women’s contests. The full U.S. delegation will be on hand for the open workout on Thursday afternoon.
Team USA is being led into action by former National Champions Miguel Cartagena (Philadelphia, Pa.), Patricia Manuel (Commerce, Calif.) and Alyssa DeFazio (Phoenix, Ariz.). Welterweight Alex Martin (Crest Hill, Ill.) will face China fresh off his international victory in Rome at the USA vs. Italy Dual on September 8. All 13 boxers on the U.S. team are legitimate Olympic hopefuls and USA Boxing National Team Members, and the October 1 dual will provide an early preview of the competitors who could be representing both the United States and China in London.
The 2012 Olympic Games in London will be the first for women’s boxing and Friday’s dual event will provide valuable international competition for the trio of female athletes as they prepare for the Olympic debut of their sport. The U.S. squad has been training at the Fernwood Hotel and Resort in Bushkill, Pa., since September 24, but will travel to New York for Thursday’s open workout.
The USA Boxing open workout will begin at noon at Crunch with the squad running through a wide range of boxing training elements in addition to conducting interviews with media members on hand.
USA BOXING OPEN WORKOUT DETAILS
WHAT: Public workout and interview opportunity with USA Boxing National Team
WHEN: Thursday, September 30 at Noon
WHERE: Boxing Gym at Crunch Lafayette location, 404 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, 10003
WHO: U.S. Team for Empires Collide – the USA vs. China Dual
USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).