(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Team USA swept all four of the squad’s quarterfinal bouts on Wednesday at the Independence Cup in Santiago, Dominican Republic. The squad’s two heavyweights, Sardius Simmons (Flint, Mich.) and Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) opened competition with convincing TKO victories in their preliminary round contests. 2012 Olympian Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) earned her second straight unanimous decision of the tournament and light welterweight Abraham Nova (Albany, N.Y.) advanced in a walkover in his quarterfinal match.
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Three American boxers opened 2014 international action in victorious fashion at the 2014 Independence Cup in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Male lightweight Genaro Gamez (San Diego, Calif.), female lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.), and male light welterweight Abraham Nova (Albany, N.Y.) all earned preliminary victories in the international event to advance in tournament action.
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – USA Boxing is opening international action this week with elite and youth teams traveling to the Dominican Republic and Russia respectively. The two squads participated in a joint training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., with USA Boxing International Teaching Coach Pedro Roque prior to departing on Saturday morning for their international competitive opportunities.
(SPOKANE, WASH.) – 2014 USA Boxing National Championships action concluded with 20 final round bouts in both men’s and women’s action on Saturday at the Pend Oreille Pavilion at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino on Saturday. The day’s competition featured several rematches and action-packed contests in the 20 final round bouts.
Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) broke her own record for USA Boxing National Championships success, winning her eighth USA Boxing National Championships title. Esparza faced off with Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) in a rematch of the 2013 flyweight final. The bout was a battle for Houston supremacy and Esparza put her foot on the gas in the third meeting between the two. She gave Fuchs a standing eight count midway through the bout en route to a unanimous decision victory.
(SPOKANE, WASH.) – Boxing fans and tournament participants have all been looking forward to Friday’s semifinal bouts throughout the week of competition and the day’s action did not disappoint. The semifinal round marked the tournament debut for all three 2012 Olympians as well as multiple reigning champions, and both the veterans and previously unheralded competitors put on a show.
2012 Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) set the tone for her Olympic teammates with an impressive third round TKO victory in her bout with Katie Durgin (Boston, Mass.). Esparza gave Durgin two standing eight counts in the third round of their flyweight semifinal contest before the referee halted the bout at the 1:21 mark of the stanza. Esparza’s win sets up a rematch of the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships women’s flyweight final round bout with Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas).
(SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS) – Welterweight Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) arrived in San Antonio this afternoon for his July 27th match-up with Jesus Soto Karass at the AT&T Center. Berto and his team broke training camp on Monday following seven weeks of preparation in the Bay Area. The former two-time World Champion is stepping into the ring for the first time with a new coach in his corner, 2011 Trainer of the Year Virgil Hunter, and he’s looking forward to his first fight of 2013. Andre Berto arrives at the host hotel in San Antonio
“We had a tremendous training camp for this fight, and I am ready to put on a great show for all the fans on July 27. My new team took me out of comfort zone, which is something that I needed. It was a very technical training camp and helped remind me who I am as a fighter and everyone will see those skills when I step into the ring on Saturday night,” Berto said. “Make sure to come out to the AT&T Center or tune in on SHOWTIME because it’s going to be a hell of a card.”