The United States squad moved to a perfect 5-0 in 2016 Women’s World Championships competition with three victories on Friday in Astana, Kazakhstan. Reigning Olympic and World Champion Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) closed the undefeated day with a last second TKO following first round victories from featherweight Stalacia Leggett (Quartz Hill, Calif.) and light welterweight Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) in the early session at the Barys Arena.
MEMPHIS, TENN. (October 30, 2015) – The 2016 Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing championship round bout sheet is now set after the final three challengers bracket matches on Friday at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Flyweight Marlen Esparza, lightweight Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.), and middleweight Tika Hemingway (Brackenridge, Pa.) each earned unanimous decision victories to advance to championship night on Saturday. All three of Friday’s victors must defeat the winners bracket champions twice to win the Olympic Trials.
While the three confirmed finalists enjoyed the first of two rest days at the Olympic Trials for Women’s Boxing, three boxers kept their Olympic dreams alive with victories in Thursday’s challengers bracket semifinal competition. Flyweight Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.), lightweight Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) and middleweight Tika Hemingway (Brackenridge, Pa.) all secured spots in the challengers bracket finals on Thursday at the Memphis Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tenn.
Eighteen-year-old Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) announced her presence on the international scene at the inaugural Junior and Youth World Championships in 2013 and her first bout at the 2015 event showed that she’s still the one to watch in her lightweight division. Known for her overwhelming punch output and aggressive nature, Gonzalez once again used her patented style to take a dominating win in the tournament opener for both she and Team USA at the Xinzhuang Stadium in New Taipei City.
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Seventeen-year-old Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) remembers her early days in the sport when she was the only girl in her southern California boxing gym. At only eight years old, her father was determined to get her involved in the sport despite her protests and wide array of attempts to get out of training. Fast-forward nearly a decade and that young girl has made history as the first U.S. boxer ever to win Youth Olympic Games gold, taking a unanimous decision at the International Expo Centre in Nanjing, China on Tuesday afternoon. Gonzalez dominated her final round bout with Ireland’s Ciara Ginty, winning every round on every single scorecard to claim a gold medal in the first Youth Olympic Games to include women’s boxing.
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Three reigning world champions from the United States will compete for gold medals at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games this week in Nanjing, China. The trio of talented young boxers has grabbed the attention of many at the highest levels of international boxing over the last two years and they will now vie for USA Boxing’s first-ever Youth Olympic Games gold medal.
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The day that the U.S. Youth Olympic Games boxing team has been anticipating for months is nearly upon us. Three American boxers will compete in opening round action at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games on Saturday following today’s tournament draw in Nanjing, China. Male flyweight Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.), female middleweight Martha Fabela (Oakland, Calif.), and male super heavyweight Darmani Rock (Philadelphia, Pa.) will all take the ring in Saturday’s first round competition while female lightweight Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) received a bye.
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Three of USA Boxing’s fastest rising stars will represent the United States at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, August 16-28 in Nanjing, China. Newly crowned youth world champions Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.), Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) and Darmani Rock (Philadelphia, Pa.) are slated to compete in the global, multi-sport event, pending approval by the United States Olympic Committee.
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Three American boxers kept their winning streaks in tact on Wednesday at the 2014 Youth World Championships at the Armeec Arena in Sofia, Bulgaria. 2013 Junior World Champions Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.) and Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) both advanced to their second straight World Championship finale while 2014 Youth Continental Champion Darmani Rock (Philadelphia, Pa.) claimed his first World Championships final round berth with wins in semifinal action today. 2014 Youth Continental Champion Martha Fabela (Oakland, Calif.) will take home a bronze medal from Bulgaria following her semifinal loss.
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – 2013 Junior World Champion Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) took the first step toward another world title on Wednesday at the Armeec Arena in Sofia, Bulgaria. Gonzalez opened the tournament in her typical impressive fashion, stopping her opening round opponent in the second round of their lightweight contest at the 2014 Youth World Championships.