By Tomas Kassahun
The 2014 USA Boxing Junior and Youth Open Championships in Reno, Nev., featured three reigning junior world champions, three world championships medalists and 31 national titlists.
But the big stage didn’t faze 16-year-old Madera resident Bryan Lua. Although it was his first time in the Junior Championships, Lua entered the ring believing he would win.
In the first round of the tournament, Lua faced the defending champion from Florida. Despite being the less experienced fighter, Lua believed that the match was his to take. As he expected, Lua dominated the first match of the Junior Championships and cruised through two more matches to capture the gold medal in the 132-pound division.
“I was the dominant fighter. I just kept throwing punches and I took the title,” Lua said...