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BOXING: Semifinals Set at 2008 U.S. Future Stars National Championships

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) Quarterfinal action concluded Monday night at the 2008 U.S. Future Stars National Championships Monday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs with some crowd-pleasing, high-scoring bouts on the women's side and some outstanding performances on the men's side..

The women's welterweight (145 lbs) division featured the biggest comeback of the night, as Brittany Inkrote (Red Lion, Pa.) and Jennifer Fenn-Wolfe (Cedar Creek, Texas) put on a show that left the crowd buzzing. Fenn-Wolfe scored early and often, earning 17 points in the first two rounds and holding a commanding 23-11 lead heading into the fourth and final round. Inkrote came roaring back in the fourth, however, tying the score late in the fourth before landing one last left hook her 15th point of the round in the final seconds to earn a 26-25 victory.

Inkrote said that Fenn-Wolfe's aggressive style took her by surprise, but it became a detriment to her in the later rounds. At the same time, Inkrote said she was able to feed off the energy of the crowd for her final points.

"If you come out swinging that hard that early, you have to put people out," Inkrote said. "If you don't, you get really tired and struggle the last few rounds.

"I love the feel of the crowd and I love to get the crowd involved. I could hear my trainer and everyone in the crowd when I hit that tie point."

Another high-scoring contest came in the women's featherweight (125 lbs) division between Alexandria Cardenas (San Angelo, Texas) and 2005 National Champion Ashley Barnett (Cleveland, Ohio). Cardenas came out strong, jumping ahead to a 14-6 lead after two rounds. Barnett would have her strongest round in the third, winning the round 8-5, but Cardenas put up a strong defensive effort in the fourth, shutting out Barnett on her way to a 22-14 decision.

Cardenas credited her coach for keeping her head and executing in the final round

"My coach told me, 'Alex, you gotta step it up. You're winning, but you can't get lazy and get behind, so you really need to pick it up,'" Cardenas said.

In men's featherweight (125 lbs) action, Robert Rodriguez (Evans, Colo.) and Andre Ramirez (Camp LeJeune, N.C. Marines) had a nip-and-tuck first round (4-2 Rodriguez) before Rodriguez shut out Ramirez through the middle rounds on his way to a 19-3 win.

After the match, Rodriguez said that he was able to earn the win by staying patient and using his head.

"Coach just kept telling me to keep doing what I was doing," Rodriguez said. "I just wanted to keep my head, get my points, be smart and wait for a shot."

Another strong defensive effort came from Daniel O'Connor (Framingham, Mass.) in his light welterweight (141 lbs) match with Jamal James (Minneapolis, Minn.). James, who held the height and reach advantage over O'Connor, came in numerous times over the course of the match but was unable to score any significant blows. O'Connor scored when the opportunity presented itself, and used a 7-0 fourth round to come away with an 18-2 win.

Semifinal competition begins tomorrow with the women's matches starting at noon MST, followed by the men's matches at 6:00 p.m.


Quarterfinal Results Evening Session

112 lbs/51 kg: Raul Lopez, Bronx, N.Y. dec. Adam Lopez, San Antonio, Texas, 21-15
112 lbs/51 kg: Michael Ruiz, Fresno, Calif. dec. Mike Herrera, Arroyo Seco, N.M., 30-17
112 lbs/51 kg: Randy Caballero, Coachella, Calif. dec. Johnny Determan, Omaha, Neb., 20-8
119 lbs/female: Raelene Pineda, San Bernardino, Calif. dec. Latonya King, Warren, Mich., 14-8
125 lbs/57 kg: Guy Robb, Sacramento, Calif. dec. Derrick Murray, St. Louis, Mo., 26-23
125 lbs/57 kg: Robert Rodriguez, Evans Colo. dec. Andre Ramirez, Camp Lejeune, N.C. USMC, 19-3
125 lbs/57 kg: Lesley Walker, Las Vegas, Nev. dec.Glenn Dezurn, Baltimore, Md., 13-11
125 lbs/57 kg: Mercedes Manriquez, Houston, Texas vs. Nicholas Chin, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 30-15
125 lbs/female: Cherrie Moyer, Garden City, N.Y. dec. Carmen Montes, Oxnard, Calif., 20-5
125 lbs/female: Alexandria Cardenas, San Angelo, Texas dec. Ashley Barnett, Cleveland, Ohio, 22-14
125 lbs/female: Diedra Rhodes, St. Louis, Mo. walked over Victoria Munoz-Cardoza, Dallas, Texas, WO
125 lbs/female: Jody-Ann Weller, Pomona, N.Y. vs. Patricia Manuel, Gardena, Calif., 20-18
141 lbs/64 kg: Charles Watson, Johnson City, Tenn. dec. Oscar Soto, St. Paul, Minn., 11-8
141 lbs/64 kg: Jared Robinson, Sumter, N.C. dec. Jeff Strum, Wichita, Kansas, +8-8
141 lbs/64 kg: Dan O'Conner, Framington, Mass. dec. Jamal James, Minneapolis, Minn., 18-2
141 lbs/64 kg: Emanuel Taylor, Edgewood, Md. stopped Adrian Granados, North Riverside, Ill., RSCOS-3, 1:28
145 lbs/female: Christina Swanson, Hollywood, Fla. dec. Suzana Rodriguez, Plymouth, Ind., 17-9
145 lbs/female: Jackie Peterson, Vancouver, Wash. dec. Nakisha Copeland, Aiken, S.C., 22-4
145 lbs/female: Brittany Inkrote, Red Lion, Pa. dec. Jennifer Fenn-Wolfe, Austin, Texas, 26-25
165 lbs/75 kg: Shawn Porter, Stow, Ohio dec. Jesse Hart, Philadelphia, Pa., 12-10
165 lbs/75 kg: Christopher Chapman, San Diego, Calif. dec. Lamar Russ, Fayetteville, N.C.,18-13
165 lbs/75 kg: Aleem Whitfield, Geneva, N.Y. dec. Cerresso Fort, St. Paul, Minn., 13-6
165 lbs/75 kg: Luis Arias, Milwaukee, Wis. dec. James Taylor, San Diego, Calif. - Navy, 16-0
201 lbs/91 kg: Paul Koon, Philadelphia, Pa. dec. Donnavan Dennis, Davenport, Iowa, 20-5
201 lbs/91 kg: Michael Bissett, Smyna, Tenn. won by medical disqualification over Joey Dawejko, Philadelphia, Pa., MDISQ
201 lbs/91 kg: Jeremiah Graziano, Lenexa, Kansas stopped Craig Lewis, Detroit, Mich., RSCOS-3
201 lbs/91 kg: Craig Barker, Baytown, Texas stopped Akeem Holland, Fairfield, Calif., RSC-3, :45


Thursday Semifinal Match-ups

WOMEN'S SEMIFINAL BOUT SHEETS NOON MST

Ring 1
Bout 1: 101 lbs/female: Sylvia Villapondo, Houston, Texas vs. Sadie Roberts, Hudson, Iowa
Bout 2: 106 lbs/female: Melissa McMorrow, San Francisco, Calif.. vs. Amber Goodwin, San Jose, Calif.
Bout 3: 114 lbs/female: Amy Sowers, Bozeman, Mon. vs. Keisher McLeod, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bout 4: 119 lbs/female: Cynthia Moreno, Phoenix, Ariz. vs. Diedra Rhodes, San Bernardino, Calif.
Bout 5: 125 lbs/female: Jody-Ann Weller, Pomona, N.Y. vs. Diedra Rhodes, St. Louis, Mo.
Bout 6: 138 lbs/female: Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash. vs. Ishika Lay, Jacksonville, Fla.
Bout 7: 154 lbs/female: Grace Parks, Bellingham, Wash. vs. Bambi Manzo, Baytown, Texas

Ring 2
Bout 1: 101 lbs/female: Brittany Walker, Beach Island, S.C. vs. Samantha Guzman, Oak Park, Ill.
Bout 2: 110 lbs/female: Jasmine Springwater, Wichita, Kansas vs. Cheryl Houlihan, Santee, Calif.
Bout 3: 114 lbs/female: Sacred Downing, Trenton, N.J. vs. Nicole Pasillas, Aurora, Colo.
Bout 4: 132 lbs/female: Jessica Chambers, Tacoma, Wash. vs. Katonya Fisher, Bakersfield, Calif.
Bout 5: 125 lbs/female: Cherrie Moyer, Garden City, N.Y. vs. Alexandria Cardenas, San Angelo, Texas
Bout 6: 145 lbs/female: Vanessa Jackson, Columbus, Ohio vs. Christina Swanson, Hollywood, Calif.
Bout 7: 154 lbs/female: Lisa Kuronya, Portland, Mass. Vs. Franchon Crews, Capitol Heights, Md.

Ring 3
Bout 1: 106 lbs/female: Marlene Esparza, Houston, Texas vs. Katherine Rodriguez, Riverside, Calif.
Bout 2: 110 lbs/female: Gina D'Andrea, Baltimore, Maryland vs. Amaris Quintana, San Diego, Calif.
Bout 3: 119 lbs/female: Kayla Combs, Lubbock, Texas vs. Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y.
Bout 4: 132 lbs/female: Caroline Barry, Colorado Springs, Colo. vs. Athena Saunders, Atlantic City, N.J.
Bout 5: 138 lbs/female: Wendy Casey, Binghampton, N.Y. vs. Kimberly Rose, San Diego, Calif.
Bout 6: 145 lbs/female: Jackie Peterson, Vancouver, Wash. vs. Brittany Inkrote, Red Lion, Pa.
Bout 7: 154 lbs/female: Nikki Cane, Wendell, N.C. vs. Tiffany Hearn, Louisville, Ky.

MEN'S SEMIFINAL BOUT SHEETS

Ring 1
Bout 1: 106 lbs/48 kg: Stephen Young, St. Louis, Mo. vs. Louie Byrd, Denver, Colo.
Bout 2: 112 lbs/51 kg: Raul Lopez, Bronx, N.Y, vs. Bruno Escalante, Waimanalo, Hawaii
Bout 3: 125 lbs/57 kg: Guy Robb, Sacramento, Calif. vs. Robert Rodriquez, Evans, Colo.
Bout 4: 132 lbs/60 kg: Shemuel Pagan, Brooklyn, N.Y. vs. Fidel Maldonado, Albuquerque, N.M.
Bout 5: 152 lbs/69 kg: Jovante Starks, Maples, Minn. vs. Anthony Campbell, Covington, Tenn.
Bout 6: 165 lbs/75 kg: Aleem Whitfield, Geneva, N.Y. vs. Shawn Porter, Stow, Ohio
Bout 7: 201 lbs/91 kg: Jeremiah Graziano, Lenexa, Kansas vs. Craig Baker, Baytown, Texas
Bout 8: 201+ lbs/91+ kg: Tor Hamer, New York, N.Y. vs. Andrew Shepard, Fort Carson, Colo.

Ring 2
Bout 1: 106 lbs/48 kg: Sergio Ramirez, Omaha, Neb. vs. Fabian Cervantes, Ableto, Calif.
Bout 2: 119 lbs/54 kg: Roman Morales, San Ardo, Calif. vs. Ronny Rios, Santa Ana, Calif.
Bout 3: 125 lbs/57 kg: Mercedes Manriquez, Houston, Texas vs. Lesley Walker, Las Vegas, Nev.
Bout 4: 141 lbs/64 kg: Emmanuel Taylor, Edgewood, Md. vs. Charles Watson, Johnson City, Tenn.
Bout 5: 152 lbs/69 kg: Greg Carter, Waterbury, Conn. vs. Errol Spence, Desoto, Texas
Bout 6: 178 lbs/81 kg: DeRae Crane, Marquette, Mich. vs. Michael Faulk, St. Paul, Minn.
Bout 7: 201 lbs/91 kg: Michael Bissett, Smyrna, Tenn. vs. Paul Koon, Philadelphia, Pa.

Ring 3
Bout 1: 112 lbs/51 kg: Michael Ruiz, Fresno, Calif. vs. Randy Caballero, Coachella, Calif.
Bout 2: 119 lbs/54 kg: Antonio Nieves, Cleveland, Ohio vs. Paul Romero, Phoenix, Ariz.
Bout 3: 132 lbs/60 kg: Miguel Gonzales, Cleveland, Ohio vs. Jesse Carradine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Bout 4: 141 lbs/64 kg: Jared Robinson, Sumter, N.C. vs. Dan O'Conner, Framingham, Mass.
Bout 5: 165 lbs/75 kg: Luis Arias, Milwaukee, Wis. vs. Christopher Chapman, San Diego, Calif.
Bout 6: 178 lbs/81 kg: Jeff Page, Andover, Kansas vs. Dorian Anthony, Lynwood, Calif. Bout 7: 201+ lbs/91+ kg: Darlington Agha, Richmond, Texas vs. Lenroy Thompson, Port St. Lucie, Fla.


Additional quotes from Tuesday night:

Robert Rodriguez (dec. Andre Ramirez)

"I like to see what they've got in the first round, throw some little fast jabs out there and see if they throw anything back."

Alexandria Cardenas (dec. Ashley Barnett)

"She came out so hard and it was definitely affecting my pace. I always try to set my rhythm the first round and feel out my opponent a little bit."

"It's a little hard to go four rounds when you're not used to it."

"I'm a little nervous for tomorrow. I've been watching my competition and sizing them up but I'm confident."

Dan O'Connor (dec. Jamal James)

"If I see the guy slowing down a little bit I'll go faster to try and pick him apart. Other than that I try to be really patient."

It's part of my strategy to use defense and dodging all the time. All you have to do is keep your hands up high and block as much as you can."

"I feel really strong and ready to rock it tomorrow."


Brittany Inkrote (dec. Jennifer Fenn-Wolfe)

"I was more experienced coming into it, so I knew a little bit more of what to expect than her. She came out swinging and I'm not used to that, so I really had to be patient."

"A lot of her blows hit me in the back of the head and I was rolling with them, so I didn't think she was scoring that many points."

"I think the altitude had a little bit to do with her getting tired but it was more the way she was fighting."

"My dad is also my trainer, and he was real calm and told me I needed to throw the one two."

"I came out here to win the U.S. Championships. Every year, I've fallen short. Last year I had two knockouts going into the finals and I lost in the finals."


Luis Arias (dec. James Taylor)


"I thought he hit me at least one time, but I guess I was catching all those shots with my gloves."

"I'm always kind of a body shot person. My coach wanted me to hit him in the body to soften him up and slow him down."

"The guy I'm fighting tomorrow is a little taller and stronger, but I've just got to keep doing what I need to do."

Article posted on 11.03.2008



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