The United States Wins Four Gold Medals at the Cheo Aponte Tournament
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Team USA closed it’s four-event international swing with four gold, two silver and three bronze medals as well as the first place team trophy at the Cheo Aponte Tournament in Caguas City, Puerto Rico on Saturday.
Light flyweight Leroy Davila (New Brunswick, N.J.) had to wait until Saturday’s final round to compete for the first time in Puerto Rico, but the delay didn’t hurt his performance in the championship bout. Davila won a unanimous decision over Puerto Rico’s Jose Mercedes to claim the first gold medal of the night for his U.S. squad. The medal is Davila’s second in 2013 international action after a silver medal at the Independence Cup.
Flyweight Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) once again ensured that her bout didn’t go to the judges. The 2013 USA Boxing National Championships silver medalist challenged Puerto Rico’s own Naihomy Vasquez, but the home crowd couldn’t help their boxer combat Fuchs’ onslaught. Vasquez’s corner threw in the towel midway through the third round of action, giving Fuchs the retirement victory and her first international gold medal.
Reigning World Champion Tiara Brown (Fort Myers, Fla.) and Pan American Games champion and host nation boxer Kiria Tapia faced off in a highly-anticipated battle in the women’s lightweight championship bout. Brown was hoping to celebrate her 25th birthday with a gold medal but it was the Puerto Rican boxer who pulled out a split decision by a 2-1 margin.
Flyweight Shawn Simpson (Chicago, Ill.) faced off in an action packed contest with 2012 Puerto Rican Olympian and Pan American Games bronze medalist Jantony Ortiz. Simpson dropped a 3-0 decision to Ortiz to claim the silver medal, his second international podium finish of 2013.
In light welterweight action, Jose Alday (Odessa, Texas) fell just short of gold in his championship bout with the Dominican Republic’s Carlos Adame. Alday dropped a split decision to Adame in their final round showdown to claim a silver medal in his first international competition.
Welterweight Jamontay Clark (Cincinnati, Ohio) closed his impressive week of boxing with a victory in Saturday’s championship bout. He claimed his fourth consecutive victory of the tournament, taking a 3-0 decision over Raul Sanchez of the Dominican Republic to win his first international gold medal.
Heavyweight Michael Hilton (Trenton, N.J.) didn’t enjoy the same success in his final round contest. He fell to Chile’s Miguel Veliz by a split decision in the championship bout. He will return to the United States with a silver medal in his first international event.
Super heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) continued his 2013 winning streak with a gold medal victory in the final bout of the 2013 Cheo Aponte tournament. Awesome defeated 2011 Pan American Games bronze medalist by a 3-0 margin to win the United States’ fourth gold medal of the event. It follows Awesome’s gold medal victories in the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships and National Golden Gloves.
USA Boxing International Teaching Coach Pedro Roque (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Kevin Benford (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Steve Rivera (Somerset, N.J.) are leading the United States team in Puerto Rico with Dr. Nicholas Piantanida (Colorado Springs, Colo.) joining the squad as the Team Physician.
The U.S. competitors will now prepare for Olympic Cup action in Puerto Rico, which will begin on Monday.
108 lbs/male: Leroy Davila, New Brunswick, N.J./USA dec. Jose Mercedes, PUR, 3-0
112 lbs/female: Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas/USA won on retirement over Naihomy Vasquez, PUR, RET-3
114 lbs/male: Jantony Ortiz, PUR, dec. Shawn Simpson, Chicago, Ill./USA, 3-0
132 lbs/female: Kiria Tapia, PUR, dec. Tiara Brown, Fort Myers, Fla./USA, 2-1
141 lbs: Carlos Adame, DOM, dec. Jose Alday, Odessa, Texas/USA, 2-1
152 lbs: Jamontay Clark, Cincinnati, Ohio/USA dec. Raul Sanchez, DOM
201 lbs: Miguel Veliz, CHI, dec. Michael Hilton, Trenton, N.J./USA, 2-1
201+ lbs: Cam F. Awesome, Lenexa, Kansas/USA dec. Gerardo Bisbal, PUR, 3-0
USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).