Three U.S. Boxers Advance to Final Round Action at the Klitchko Brothers Tournament in Ukraine
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – USA Boxing’s top youth boxers have added five more medals to the United States’ 2013 international medal count with strong performances at the Klitchko Brothers Tournament in Berdichev, Ukraine. Flyweight Antonio Vargas (Upper Marlboro, Md.), welterweight Kareem Martin (Clinton, Md.), and middleweight Alex Rincon (Carrollton, Texas) have all advanced to final round action with light flyweight Gilbert Renteria (Houston, Texas) and lightweight Lamont Roach (Upper Marlboro, Md.) earning bronze medals in their international debuts.
Competition kicked off on Monday with flyweight Vargas advancing over Nikolay Vatsak of Ukraine and bantamweight Jarico O’Quinn falling to his Chinese opponent, Long Wang. In the second session on Tuesday, Martin earned a victory over Yelaman Serikbay of Kazakhstan while light welterweight Alexis Urbina (Phoenix, Ariz.) losing to Edgar Gryigoryan of Ukraine.
Wednesday brought another exciting day in Ukraine with Team USA going 2-2. Renteria won his bout against Nikita Charuta of Ukraine to advance to the semifinals. In quarterfinal action, Roach emerged victorious over China’s Shuai Liu Xiao to move on to the medal round. Light heavyweight Elvis Figueroa (New Haven, Conn.) dropped his opening contest to Rahil Mamedly of Azerbaijan and super heavyweight Ronnie Cleland II (Butte, Mont.) fell to Ukraine’s Stas Arhipenko in Wednesday’s action.
Thursday brought an impressive day of competition for Team USA in Ukraine. In quarterfinal action, Vargas defeated Masud Yusifzada of Azerbaijan to advance to the semifinal round. Martin enjoyed similar success against Gidayat Nurzhan of Azerbaijan, taking the quarterfinal win. Following a first round bye, Rincon, was more than ready to enter the ring on Thursday. He earned a victory over Shagabutdin Alburiev of Russia to join Vargas and Martin in the semifinals. The flyweight division competed in semifinal action on Thursday and Renteria dropped a close decision.
A trio of U.S. boxers advanced to the finals with victories in today’s semifinal action. Reyes won a flyweight contest over Kyrgyzstan to advance to the championship round. Martin and Rincon earned final round berths as well, defeating opponents from Azerbaijan and Ukraine respectively. Roach fell to host nation Ukraine in his semifinal contest.
The Klitchko Brothers Tournament is the first international event of the year for the youth division boxers following both junior and elite competitions, at which the United States enjoyed great success. Team USA has now won 60 medals in international competition in 2013.
2000 Olympic coach Israel Acosta (Milwaukee, Wis.), Bernard Roach (Temple Hills, Md.), and Jose Renteria, Jr. (Houston, Texas) are serving as the team coaches for the Klitchko Brothers Tournament. Dr. Timothy Beste (Flower Mound, Texas) is the team doctor and Don Rivera (Fairoaks, Calif.) is working as the AIBA official.
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).