LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. -- First rounds of the USA Boxing National Championships began Monday, bringing what business owners hope will be a boost to the local economy.
The championships returned to Eastern Washington for their second year at Northern Quest Resort and Casino. The opening rounds took place at the Hub Sports Center in Liberty Lake.
Trainer Jack Mosley knows a little something about taking boxers to tournaments across the country. Mosely's son Sugar Shane Mosley was a U.S. amateur lightweight champion in the early 90's and would go on to become one of the greatest professional fighters of all time. Monday night, Jack Mosley’s grandson Sugar Shane, Jr. was in action.
“We are going to try to go to the Olympics if possible, but we've got to win this fight [and] win this national tournament first,” said Mosley.
Mosley's team including Sugar Shane, Jr. and Trey Alexander mean big money for the Spokane region. Jack Mosley said the trip cost around $2,000 but it was well worth the investment.
“We all pitched in together and we got these guys out here to participate and hopefully they'll have a good time as well,” Mosley added.
The Spokane Sports Commission said the six-day tournament brings in about half a million dollars in new money to the area.
“We selected Spokane because there was interest from the Spokane Sports Commission and, really, just the partnership we knew we could build with them over a multi-year agreement,” said Nicki Smeland, Events Director of USA Boxing.
As for Jack Mosley and his new protégé Sugar Shane, Jr., things got off to a good start Monday. The 23-year-old got the victory in his first bout of the tournament.