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Youth boxers from across US compete in Charleston

Charleston Daily Mail photo by Bob Wojcieszak Anthony Reeves of Marietta, Ga., is declared the winner over Salvador Silas of Alburquerque, N.M. during the USA Boxing Junior Olympic and Prep National Championships Wednesday at the Charleston Civic Center.
Charleston Daily Mail photo by Bob Wojcieszak
Anthony Reeves of Marietta, Ga., is declared the winner over Salvador Silas of Alburquerque, N.M. during the USA Boxing Junior Olympic and Prep National Championships Wednesday at the Charleston Civic Center.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hundreds of youth boxers from around the country have worked much of their lives to get to Charleston this week.

The USA Boxing Junior Olympic and Prep National Championships are taking place this week at the Civic Center’s Grand Hall. The event, which is one of the nation’s top youth boxing tournaments, draws more than 600 young athletes, around 300 coaches, plus athletes’ parents from all over the country.

Some kids have flown thousands of miles for the chance at winning a medal. Many are seeing West Virginia, or even the eastern half of the United States, for the first time.

“We’re going to have a lot of great competition today and as the days go on it’s going to be even more tough,” said Dominic Serna, the coach of USA Boxing’s Region 14 team, which consists of 22 athletes from southern California and Nevada. “Come Friday and Saturday, you’re going to see the best of the best of the best in the United States competing…

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