Fifty-Eight Boxers Advance to the Quarterfinal Round
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The Pathway to Glory Olympic Trials Qualifier I moved in to the third day of competition on Wednesday at City Auditorium in Colorado Springs with all of the day’s 116 participants battling for a spot in the quarterfinal round.
The U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program enjoyed a strong morning, going undefeated in women’s flyweight and lightweight competition. Two of WCAP’s former national champions in different weight divisions have convened in the flyweight division and both recorded victories in their tournament debuts. Two-time light flyweight champion Alex Love (Colorado Springs, Colo.) won a 2-1 decision over 2015 Youth National Championships gold medalist Kristyn Juarez (Los Angeles, Calif.) in their flyweight contest. Former featherweight titlist Melissa Parker (Fort Carson, Colo.) staked her claim on her new lower division with a third round TKO over Mikaila Gutierrez (Kemp, Texas) in their preliminary meeting.
WCAP’s Rianna Rios (Colorado Springs, Colo.) extended their winning streak into another weight division in her first round bout with 2015 Youth World Championships bronze medalist Ariel Arismendez (Tolleson, Ariz.) Rios took a unanimous decision victory over Arismendez to join her teammates in the quarterfinal round.
Two-time world champion and Youth Olympic Games gold medalist Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) made her elite division debut in Wednesday’s afternoon action and she made it a successful one in her match-up with Amy Hester (Ralston, Neb.). Gonzalez showed off the aggressive style that garnered her so much success in the junior and youth divisions on her way to a first round stoppage over Hester. Gonzalez’s older brother Jousce Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) put on an impressive performance of his own in the men’s lightweight division. Jousce Gonzalez took on yet another Gonzalez, Jose Gonzalez (New York, N.Y.) in his first bout of the tournament. The elder Gonzalez sibling took a TKO victory as well after dropping his opponent with a left hook in the first round of their match-up. Both of the Gonzalez siblings advance to the quarterfinals with their first round wins.
2014 USA Boxing National Champion Genaro Gamez (San Diego, Calif.) and recently crowned National Golden Gloves titlist Teofimo Lopez (Davie, Fla.) claimed preliminary round victories on Wednesday afternoon to advance in the talent-laden men’s lightweight division.
Two-time USA Boxing National Champion Jose Alday (Odessa, Texas) took the ring for the first time in his welterweight division on Wednesday and he earned a spot in the quarterfinals with a unanimous decision win over David Rodriguez (Miami Gardens, Fla.).
Alday’s fellow former national team member Leshawn Rodriquez (Medford, N.Y.) scored his first win of the tournament in evening action. The two-time middleweight national champion won a second round TKO over Joshua Balbuena (Marietta, Ga.) in their first round bout to move on to the quarterfinal round.
Quarterfinal rounds will be contested at noon and 6 p.m. on Thursday at City Auditorium with all of the victors advancing to the semifinals.
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For more information about the Pathway to Glory Olympic Trials Qualifier I, including brackets and full tournament results, go to www.usaboxing.org.
123 lbs/male: Ruben Villa, Salinas, Calif., dec. Lawrence Newton, Deerfield Beach, Fla., 3-0
123 lbs/male: Isidro Ochoa, Fresno, Calif., dec. Sean Scott, Cincinnati, Ohio, 3-0
123 lbs/male: Michael Nelson, Shelby, Ohio dec. Danny Catalan, Bedford, Texas, 3-0
123 lbs/male: Irvin Gonzalez, Worcester, Mass., dec. Juan Gonzalez, San Antonio, Texas, 2-1
123 lbs/male: Shakur Stevenson, Newark, N.J., dec. Jose Vargas, Lancaster, Calif., 3-0
123 lbs/male: Andrew Strode, Denver, Colo., dec. Darren Cunningham III, St. Louis, Mo., 3-0
123 lbs/male: Aaron Perez, Albuquerque, N.M., dec. Sergio Quiroz, Huntington Park, Calif., 3-0
123 lbs/male: Michael Angeletti, Spring, Texas dec. David Cuchaussee, Rio Rancho, N.M., 3-0
141 lbs/male: Gary Russell, Capitol Heights, Md., dec. Abraham Nova, Albany, N.Y., 3-0
141 lbs/male: Charles Vasquez Vera, New Port Richey, Fla., dec. Giovanni Cabrera, Woodridge, Ill., 2-1
141 lbs/male: Kevin Serrano, Philadelphia, Pa., dec. Rajiv Hernandez, Cleveland, Ohio, 3-0
141 lbs/male: Hugo Garcia, PIttsburgh, Pa., dec. Reinaldo Torres, Springfield, Mass., 3-0
141 lbs/male: Richardson Hitchins, Brooklyn, N.Y., dec. Rock Myrthil, Las Vegas, Nev., 3-0
141 lbs/male: Kevin Ceja-Ventura, Omaha, Neb., dec. Chandler Clements, Las Vegas, Nev., 3-0
141 lbs/male: Alexis Saenz, Aurora, Colo., dec. Julio Perez, Marlborough, Mass., 2-1
141 lbs/male: Rahim Gonzales, Sylmar, Calif., dec. Brandon Bailey, Garland, Texas, 3-0
165 lbs/male: Leshawn Rodriquez, Medford, N.Y., won on TKO over Joshua Balbuena, Marietta, Ga., TKO
165 lbs/male: Christopher Thompson, Flint, Mich., dec. Reyes Marquez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3-0
165 lbs/male: Kevin Green, New Orleans, La., dec. Ezekiel Scruggs, Little Rock, Ark., 3-0
165 lbs/male: Marquis Moore, Colorado Springs, Colo., dec. Kalvin Henderson, Fayetteville, Ark., 3-0
165 lbs/male: Christopher Ousley, Middleton, Wis., dec. Jake Baca, Pueblo, Colo., 3-0
165 lbs/male: Leonel Urias, Dallas, Texas dec. Ricky Frausto, Santa Ana, Calif., 3-0
165 lbs/male: Randy Foster, Covington, Ga., dec. Antonio Woods, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 2-1
165 lbs/male: Trevor Lattimore, Bridgeport, Conn., dec. Jordan Payne, Hyattsville, Md., 3-0
112 lbs/female: Melissa Parker, Fort Carson, Colo., won on TKO over Mikaila Gutierrrez, Kemp, Texas, TKO-3
112 lbs/female: Rachel Perez, Aurora, Colo., dec. Dacia Jacquez, Bloomfield, N.M., 3-0
112 lbs/female: Giavanna Camacho, Colorado Springs, Colo., dec. Traci Konas, Simi Valley, Calif., 3-0
112 lbs/female: Karina Sarabia, El Monte, Calif., dec. Jacquelyn Cuddeack, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 3-0
112 lbs/female: Alexandra Love, Colorado Springs, Colo., dec. Kristyn Juarez, Los Angeles, Calif., 2-1
112 lbs/female: Amanda Pavone, Burlington, Mass., dec. Indeya Smith, 2-1
132 lbs/female: Felisha Estrada Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., dec. Sharline Mendez, Reading, Pa., 2-0
132 lbs/female: Salacia Leggett, San Diego, Calif., dec. Aleah Dillard, Dallas, Texas, 3-0
132 lbs/female: Rianna Rios, Colorado Springs, Colo., dec. Ariel Arismendez, Tolleson, Ariz., 3-0
132 lbs/female: Amelia Moore, Millersville, Md., dec. Ashleigh Moore, Buzzards Bay, Mass., 3-0
132 lbs/female: Mioshia Wagoner, Lawrence, Kansas dec. Chasity Martin, Pompano Beach, Fla., 3-0
132 lbs/female: N’yteeyah Sherman, Akron, Ohio dec. Caroline Carnero, Passaic, N.J., 3-0
132 lbs/female: Dalia Gomez, Oakland, Calif., dec. Temitope Pedro, San Francisco, Calif., 2-1
132 lbs/female: Jajaira Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif., won on TKO over Amy Hester, Ralston, Neb., TKO-1
132 lbs/male: Eder Carrillo, Woodland, Calif., dec. Brannon Terry, Little Rock, Ark., 2-1
132 lbs/male: Adam Castillo, Lubbock, Texas dec. Armando Mercado, Pueblo, Colo., 3-0
132 lbs/male: Rolando Romero, Las Vegas, Nev., won on TKO over Fernando Bunch, Hephzibah, Ga., TKO
132 lbs/male: Elijah Pierce, Lawrenceville, Ga., dec. Antonio Williams, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 2-1
132 lbs/male: Teofimo Lopez, Davie, Fla., dec. Kenneth Taylor, Troup, Texas, 3-0
132 lbs/male: Joucse Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif., won on TKO over Jose Gonzalez, TKO-1
132 lbs/male: Jalonte Cole, Burke, Va., dec. Giezwa Hobbs, Woodbury, Minn., 3-0
132 lbs/male: Genaro Gamez, San Diego Calif., won on TKO over Julio Parra, Denver, Colo., TKO-2
152 lbs/male: Ferdinand Kerobyan, N. Hollywood, Calif., dec. Oscar Soto, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 3-0
152 lbs/male: Quinton Randall, Katy, Texas dec. Art Saakyan, Montebello, Calif., 3-0
152 lbs/male: Jose Alday, Odessa, Texas dec. David Rodriguez, Miami Gardens, Fla., 3-0
152 lbs/male: Damien Lopez, Newhall, Calif., dec. Gabriel Ayala, Mercedes, Texas, 3-0
152 lbs/male: Vardges Vardanyan, Panorama City, Calif., dec. John Williams, Baton Rouge, La., 3-0
152 lbs/male: Javaune James, Miramar, Fla., dec. Abram Martinez, San Diego, Calif., 3-0
152 lbs/male: VeShawn Owens, St. Louis Park, Minn., dec. Lee Iglesias, Staten Island, N.Y., 3-0
152 lbs/male: Julian Smith, Robbins, Ill., dec. Nigel Finnell, Salisbury, Md., 2-1
178 lbs/male: Miguel Teo, Framingham, Mass., dec. Carlos Monroe, Snellville, Ga., 2-1
178 lbs/male: Martez McGregor, Maywood, Ill., dec. Austin Dulworth, Red Oak, Tenn., TKO-1
178 lbs/male: Dazme Woods, Atlanta, Ga., won on TKO over Pledge Walker, Denver, Colo., TKO-1
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