Tiara Brown (blue) vs Queen Underwood in the lightweight final. Photo by Sue Jaye Johnson
It was an honor to witness the best fighters in the nation square off at the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships in Spokane. Many thanks to our Kalipel hosts at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino, all the referree/judges and trainers who give their time so generously to this sport, and my boon companions Raquel Ruiz and Sue Jaye Johnson, who provided the fabulous images I used all week in my daily posts on Stiff Jab.
Seventeen-year-old Chris Colbert is the reigning Junior Olympic champion at 95 pounds. He's since moved up to 106, and with any luck might see featherweight some day.
When Chris first walked into Atlas Cops and Kids Boxing, trainer Aureliano Sosa gave the skinny kid the nickname "B-Hop," because he resembled the great Philly champ Bernard Hopkins, not only physically but in natural fighting style and gift of gab.