China Pulls Out a Slim Victory Over the United States in the USA vs. China Duel competition

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The visiting squad won a slim one bout victory over the United States on Friday night in New York City, with China claiming seven wins to six by the home team on Empires Collide, the USA vs. China Duel. The two nations faced off in international action at Capitale in New York’s Chinatown, battling in 11 bouts of international action..

After losses in the first two bouts, Team USA enjoyed a three bout winning streak with lightweights Patricia Manuel (Commerce, Calif.) and Eric Flores (Ingle, Calif.) and light welterweight Michael Reed (Waldorf, Md.) all enjoying international wins. The two United States middleweights enjoyed success as well as Alyssa DeFazio (Phoenix, Ariz.) pulled out a tiebreaker victory over 2010 World Championships silver medalist Jinzi Li in the American boxer’s international debut and Jesse Hart (Philadelphia, Pa.) winning a 15-7 decision over Jianting Zhang.

The two Chinese Olympic medalists closed the event with victories for the visiting nation as 2008 Olympic Champion Zou Shiming won a 15-2 decision over Santos Vasquez (Sun Valley, Nev.) and 2008 Olympic silver medalist Zhilei Zhang claimed a 16-8 victory over Danny Kelly (Washington DC).

The U.S. team enjoyed a pre-event pep talk from 1984 Olympic bronze medalist and former professional heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield before taking the ring for the customary pre-event festivities. Holyfield’s Olympic teammate and 1984 Olympic Champion and New York native Mark Breland joined the U.S. squad at Capitale as well.

Several of the U.S. boxers will now travel to San Antonio for the 2010 National PAL Championships, which will begin competition on Monday.

USA vs. China Duel Results

112lbs/Female: Cancan Ren, China, dec. Tyrieshia Douglas, Balitmore, Md/USA., 21-10
123lbs/ Jiawel Zhang, China, stopped Ricky Rodriguez, Greeley, Colo./USA., RSC-2

132lbs/Female: Patricia Manuel, Commerce, Calif./USA, dec. Cheng Dong, China, 11-10

132 lbs: Eric Flores, Ingle, Calif./USA, dec. Qing Hu, China, 2-1 (tie-breaker after 9-9)

141 lbs: Michael Reed, Waldorf, Calif./USA, dec. Bilige Huricha, China, 18-15

152 lbs: Qiong Maimaitit, China, dec. Alex Martin, Crest Hill, Ill./USA., 14-6

165 lbs/Female: Alyssa DeFazio, Phoenix, Ariz./USA., dec. Jinzi Li, China, 7-6 (tie-breaker after 15-15)

165 lbs: Jesse Hart, Philadelphia, Pa./USA, dec. Jianting Zhang, China, 15-7

178 lbs: Fanlong Meng, China, dec. Marquice Weston, Tacoma, Wash./USA, 18-2

108 lbs: Zou Shiming, China, dec. Santos Vasquez, Reno, Nev./USA, 15-2

201+ lbs: Zhilei Zhang, China, dec. Danny Kelly, Washington DC/USA, 16-8

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).

Article posted on 03.10.2010

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