She packs a punch
She packs a punch
Grafton boxer takes her skills to Reno, Nev., for USA Boxing National Tourney
Avigail Narro takes her one-two punch to Reno, Nev. this week and hopes to open the door to international competition and possibly a chance to compete for a spot on the USA Olympic team.
Narro is not your typical 15-year-old teenager. At first look you wouldn’t think that she has a knack for combinations of jabs and uppercuts, although, inside the ring opponents think twice before getting too close.
Narro brought home a championship belt from the Ringside World Championships in Independence, Mo. last summer when she won her bout with a blow to her opponent’s chest that gave her the title as a result of a standing eight count.
Avigail has been preparing for the 2014 Junior and Youth Open to be held this week at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev. USA Boxing’s first national tournament of 2014 will feature athletes ages 15-18 in the second edition of the newly created event. Over 260 athletes are registered to compete in the tournament, which will give the young boxers a chance to represent USA Boxing in international action.
The inaugural edition of the event in 2013 only included junior division athletes (15-16-year-olds), but the youth division (17-18-year-olds) has been added for the 2014 tournament with several of the 2013 competitors moving in to the older age group for this year’s event.
USA Boxing’s junior and youth programs are critical to the organization’s developmental pipeline and have consistently produced Olympians and World Champions, including the United States’ last two Olympic gold medalists Andre Ward (2004) and Claressa Shields (2012).
Avigail is the daughter of Freddy and Lupita Narro, the owners of Golden Gloves Boxing Club in Grafton.