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Nico Hernandez Qualifies for the 2015 AIBA Elite Men’s World Championships with a Quarterfinal Victory in Venezuela

Light flyweight Nico Hernandez (Wichita, Kansas) made a triumphant debut at the AMBC Championships on Thursday at the Polideportivo Jose Maria Vargas in Maiquetia, Venezuela. Hernandez opened the competition in a quarterfinal bout and won a unanimous decision to advance to the semifinals and clinch a berth in his first AIBA Elite Men’s World Championships. Continue reading

Team USA’s Anthony Campbell and Joshua Temple Claim Opening Round Victories

Two more American boxers claimed opening bout victories at the 2015 AMBC Championships on Tuesday in Maiquetia, Venezuela. Middleweight Anthony Campbell (Covington, Tenn.) and heavyweight Joshua Temple (St. Louis, Mo.) moved on in the continental competition with strong first round victories at the Polideportivo Jose Maria Vargas. 2015 Pan American Games bronze medalist Francisco Martinez (Dallas, Texas) lost a split decision to a home nation boxer in his first bout of the event. Continue reading

Four American Boxers Win Tournament Openers at the American Boxing Confederation Championships

Team USA’s elite men recorded four victories on day one of the AMBC championships in Maiquetia, Venezuela on Monday. Flyweight Brent Venegas (Sacramento, Calif.), welterweight Brian Ceballo (Brooklyn, N.Y.), light heavyweight Steven Nelson (Omaha, Neb.) and Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) each took victories in their tournament openers while lightweight Carlos Balderas (Santa Maria, Calif.) dropped his opening contest. Continue reading

Five American Boxers to Compete on First Day of Competition at the American Boxing Confederation Championships

Five American Boxers to Compete on First Day of Competition at the American Boxing Confederation Championships

USA Boxing’s elite men have a busy schedule on the first day of competition at the American Boxing Confederation Championships in Maiquetia, Venezuela on Monday. The full squad successfully made weight at the general weigh-in this morning prior to the event draw which determined the road to gold and 2015 AIBA Elite Men’s World Championships qualifying positions for all of the participants. Five American athletes will compete on Monday at the Polideportivo Jose Maria Vargas in Maiquetia with lightweight Carlos Balderas (Santa Maria, Calif.), light heavyweight Steven Nelson (Omaha, Neb.) and super heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) boxing in the afternoon session and flyweight Brent Venegas III (Sacramento, Calif.) and welterweight Brian Ceballo (Brooklyn, N.Y.) taking the ring in the evening. Continue reading

Claressa Shields Wins the United States’ First Ever Pan American Games Gold Medal in Women’s Boxing

Making history is nothing new to 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) and neither is winning gold medals. Shields did both on Friday night in championship round action at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. The reigning world champion filled the only remaining hole in her resume with a unanimous decision victory over the Dominican Republic’s Yenebier Guillen in the women’s middleweight gold medal bout. Continue reading

Antonio Vargas Advances to the Gold Medal Bout and Cam F. Awesome Takes Bronze at the 2015 Pan American Games

(TORONTO, CANADA) – The United States added to their medal count with two strong performances by American boxers in Thursday’s semifinal competition at the Oshawa Sports Centre in Toronto. Flyweight Antonio Vargas (Kissimmee, Fla.) pulled out a split decision while super heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) lost a heartbreaking 2-1 bout to a highly-touted Cuban foe. Vargas’ win advances the 18-year-old on to the gold medal bout on Saturday. Awesome takes a bronze medal in his first Pan American Games. Continue reading

Francisco Martinez Takes a Bronze Medal in Boxing at the 2015 Pan American Games

(TORONTO, CANADA) – American bantamweight Francisco Martinez (Dallas, Texas) had the Pan American Games stage all to himself on Wednesday as the only U.S. boxer competing in the day’s action at the Oshawa Sports Centre in Toronto. He competed in semifinal competition in his second bout of the tournament but fell short in his bantamweight contest. As his bout with the Dominican Republic’s Hector Garcia Mora was a semifinal bout, Martinez takes home a bronze medal from his first Pan American Games. Continue reading

Three American Boxers Dominate Their Opposition to Advance in the 2015 Pan American Games

(TORONTO, CANADA) – American flyweight Antonio Vargas (Kissimmee, Fla.) kicked off a strong day for the U.S. team with a dominating victory over qualified 2016 Olympian Jeyvier Cintron Ocasio of Puerto Rico on Tuesday afternoon at the 2015 Pan American Games. In the evening session, 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) and reigning world champion Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) both advanced to tournament finals with impressive victories in their semifinal bouts at the Oshawa Sports Centre in Toronto. Light welterweight Luis Feliciano (Milwaukee, Wis.) and lightweight Carlos Balderas (Santa Maria, Calif.) both fell in Tuesday’s quarterfinal competition. Continue reading

Under Armour new official performance partner of USA Boxing

Under Armour (NYSE: UA) and USA Boxing announced today that the Baltimore, MD-based leader in athletic performance and innovation has been named the official performance partner of USA Boxing and will provide athletes at all levels of competition – Youth, Junior Olympic and Elite – with head-to-toe apparel and footwear. Under Armour will outfit the entire team with training and competition gear for the next six years, including the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo, respectively. Continue reading

Marlen Esparza, Claressa Shields and Francisco Martinez Clinch Pan American Games Medals

2012 Olympic champion Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) and Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) both made triumphant Pan American Games debuts on Monday afternoon at the Oshawa Sports Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Olympic duo clinched medals in their first Pan American Games with wins in Monday afternoon’s quarterfinal competition. Bantamweight Francisco Martinez (Dallas, Texas) became the fourth U.S. boxer to advance to the semifinals with a TKO win in Monday’s evening action. Middleweight Anthony Campbell (Covington, Tenn.) lost his quarterfinal bout in the final U.S. bout of the day. Continue reading

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