United States national amateur boxing light welterweight champions

Below is a list of National Amateur Boxing Welterweight Champions, also known as United States Amateur Champions, along with the state or region which they represented. The United States National Boxing Championships bestow the title of United States Amateur Champion on amateur boxers for winning the annual national amateur boxing tournament organized by USA Boxing, the national governing body for Olympic boxing and is the United States' member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA). It is one of the two premier amateur boxing tournaments, the other being the National Golden Gloves Tournament, which crowns its own amateur light welterweight champion.


  • 1952 - Isaac Vaughn, Cleveland, OH
  • 1953 - J. Curet Alvarez, Puerto Rico
  • 1954 - Bobby Shell, New York, NY
  • 1955 - Robert Cofer, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1956 - Tommy Thomas, Portland, OR
  • 1957 - Vince Shomo, New York, NY
  • 1958 - Vince Shomo, New York, NY
  • 1959 - Brian O'Shea, Chicago, IL
  • 1960 - Vince Shomo, New York, NY
  • 1961 - J. Caldwell, Shawano, WI
  • 1962 - Jackie Range, Nashville, TN
  • 1963 - Harold Finley, South Africa
  • 1964 - Freddie Ward, Portland, OR
  • 1965 - Ray Garay, Houston, TX
  • 1966 - James Wallington, US Army
  • 1967 - James Wallington, US Army
  • 1968 - Joe Louis Valdez, Houston, TX
  • 1969 - Rudy Bolds, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 1970 - Quincy Daniel, US Navy
  • 1971 - Ray Seales, Tacoma, WA
  • 1972 - Carlos Palomino, Westminster, CA
  • 1973 - Randy Shields, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1974 - Ray Leonard, Palmer Park, MD
  • 1975 - Ray Leonard, Palmer Park, MD
  • 1976 - Milton Seward, Columbus, OH
  • 1977 - Thomas Hearns, Detroit, MI
  • 1978 - Donald Curry, Fort Worth, TX
  • 1979 - Lemuel Steeples, St. Louis, MO
  • 1980 - Johnny Bumphus, Nashville, TN
  • 1981 - James Mitchell, US Army
  • 1982 - Henry Hughes, Cleveland, OH
  • 1983 - Henry Hughes, Cleveland, OH
  • 1984 - Elvis Yero, Miami Beach, FL
  • 1985 - Nick Kakouris, St. Louis, MO
  • 1986 - Nick Kakouris, St. Louis, MO
  • 1987 - Nick Kakouris, St. Louis, MO
  • 1988 - Todd Foster, Great Falls, MT
  • 1989 - Ray Lovato, Sacramento, CA
  • 1990 - Stevie Johnston, Denver, CO
  • 1991 - Vernon Forrest, Augusta, GA
  • 1992 - Shane Mosley, Pomona, CA
  • 1993 - Lupe Sauzo, Tucson, AZ
  • 1994 - Fareed Samad, Fort Bragg, NC
  • 1995 - Arturo Ramos, San Antonio, TX
  • 1996 - Hector Camacho, Jr., Orlando, FL
  • 1997 - Keith Kemp, Cincinnati, OH
  • 1999 - Ricardo Williams, Jr., Cincinnati, OH
  • 1999 - Ricardo Williams, Jr., Cincinnati, OH
  • 2000 - Anthony Thompson, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2001 - Rock Allen, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2002 - Rock Allen, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2003 - Lamont Peterson, Washington, DC
  • 2004 - Devon Alexander, St. Louis, MO
  • 2005 - Karl Dargan, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2006 - Karl Dargan, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2007 - Javier Molina, Commerce, CA
  • 2008 - Danny O'Connor, Framingham, MA
  • 2009 - Frankie Gomez, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2010 - Pedro Sosa, Bronx, NY

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