ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - It’s every amateur boxer’s dream to be crowned with an Olympic gold medal, and this year hundreds of boxers will get their chance at the USA Boxing Olympic Trials.
Olympic hopefuls are set to compete in this year's Olympic trials. | Photo Source: KALB
On Tuesday morning, USA Boxing held their first press conference to help publicize the upcoming event at the Golden Nugget Casino.
“Consider the word Olympic boxing champion and the names it resonates,” USA Boxing’s special projects consultant, Al Valenti said. “The names Muhamed Ali, George Foreman, and Oscar De La Hoya.”
The three names Valenti mentioned were all Olympic gold medalists, and now two Louisiana boxers are hoping to add their names to the list during the summer of 2020.
“I tried for the 2012 Olympics and didn't make it, and in 2016 I came so close,” amateur boxer, Virginia Fuchs explained. “So, this is my third shot and I know I am going to get there. Like, I have no doubt I will be in Tokyo.”
“It's a blessing to be in my home state [and] be able to clinch the Olympic Trials,” Michael Angeletti said.
Both Fuchs and Angeletti are well seasoned with more than 100 amateur fights. Also, both of them tried to make the Olympic team before Tuesday, but they both came up short. However, December 2019 offers the boxers a new opportunity, and a chance to make the Olympic team right here in Louisiana, a state that both of them call a special place.
“I started here and most of the people haven't seen me fight live in a long time,” Virginia Fuchs explained. “So, I told everybody here in Louisiana that it's in Lake Charles. I have all my LSU buddies coming to watch me.”
“I'm very excited,” Michael Angeletti said. “I love the fact that it's home. A lot of my family wants to see me fight. They haven't seen me fight. I've been out of the country a lot this year.”
The first bout will take place on December 9th and trials will wrap up December 15th at the Golden Nugget Casino.
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