Three U.S. Boxers Win Gold

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Three United States boxers will return home with gold medals around their necks after recording championship performances on Wednesday at the 2006 Pan American Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Flyweight Cheryl Houlihan (Norton, Mass.); bantamweight Emily Klinefelter (Iowa City, Iowa) and middleweight Franchon Crews (Baltimore, Md.) all won 2006 Pan American Championships titles with victories in their final round contests..

Houlihan was the first U.S. boxer to compete on Wednesday night and she set the bar high with a 14-7 win over Vicky Pelletier of Canada in their championship match-up. It is the second straight year that Houlihan has earned an international title in Buenos Aires, following her 2005 Continental Championships victory. Klinefelter recorded her third victory of the week in championship action, gutting out a 9-9 tiebreaker win over Lidia Walczak of Canada. Klinefelter took home the gold on her 44-40 total punch count edge of Walczak. Crews closed competition with a bang, winning her second stoppage victory of the event in her final round contest with Argentina’s own Tamara Garcia. The Maryland middleweight earned a referee stops contest outscored after moving out to a 15-point advantage in the second round.

In addition to the three gold medals, light bantamweight Sacred Downing (Trenton, N.J.); lightweight Carrie Barry (Nashville, Tenn.) and light welterweight Elizabeth Quevedo (Southgate, Calif.) all won silver medals in Buenos Aires. Pinweight Colleen Loo (Mililani, Hawaii); featherweight Ronica Jeffery (Brooklyn, N.Y.); welterweight Lisa Kuronya (Portland, Maine) and light middleweight Akima Stocks (South Orange, N.J.) all received bronze medals. Light heavyweight Tika Hemingway (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and heavyweight Tameka Stephens (Charlotte, N.C.) win unopposed.

The team was led by USA Boxing National Coaching Director Dan Campbell (Colorado Springs, Colo.); Willy Price (Peshtigo, Wis.) and Christy Halbert (Nashville, Tenn.). Team Manager Krysti Rosario (Manhattan Beach, Calif.); physician Dr. Robert McKittrick, Jr. (Gloucester, Rhode Island) and AIBA official Zach Young (Los Angeles, Calif.) rounded out the United States delegation.

Article posted on 09.06.2006

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