Chattanooga Lands USA Boxing National Team Trials

Chattanooga-(WDEF) Chattanooga has already hosted two major sporting events this year in the USA National Cycling Championships and the Ironman.

And now we can add another showcase event in boxing.
Chattanooga will host the USA National Boxing Team Trials starting November 30th thru December 5th at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
The event was scheduled to go somewhere else, but when that deal fell through, Chattanooga was asked to host.
Joe Smith with the YMCA’s Y-Cap program is a former manager for the U.S. Olympic boxing team.
He was instrumental in helping land this event.
Said Smith,"The winners that come out of here becomes our U.S. National team. These guys are who you will see in the Olympics at Rio De Janeiro in 2016. So it just doesn’t get any bigger for amateur boxing in what this event is. Second only to the Olympic games."
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