2016 Youth Open National Champion ~ John Bauza
Congrats to John Bauza!

January 8, 2016: The 2016 Junior Open and Youth National Championships concluded with thirty-four gold medals bouts contested over nearly five hours in two rings on Saturday at the Grand Sierra Resort Summit Pavilion in Reno, Nev. Thirty-four boxers in four different divisions won national championships in the first event of the year for USA Boxing.

The youth men’s light welterweight championship featured a showdown between Philadelphia and New Jersey in the gold medal bout. John Bauza (North Bergen, N.J.) and Branden Pizarro (Philadelphia, Pa.) battled it out for the title in the 141-pound division. It was Bauza coming out victorious in the contest, winning a 3-0 victory over Pizarro for both a national title and the Outstanding Youth Male Boxer of the Tournament award. 

Those in attendance were in awe of the skill, speed and power Bauza exhibited. Bauza dominated every round and left no question in the mind of the judges or the fans as to who was the top boxer in the 141-pound division. 

Bauza eliminated his opponents throughout the competition and was consistent in his performance throughout the tournament. With his eyes on the prize, Bauza never faltered, never tired, just brought the fight to each opponent in an outstanding manner. Folks wondered who is this young boxer and where did this young man come from. Now they know! 

Congratulations John Bauza! 
 You truly made New Jersey proud. 

John Bauza