(SPOKANE, WASH.) – While the elite and senior men’s divisions enjoyed a day off on Wednesday, the elite women and youth men took over the two rings at the HUB Sports Center in Spokane, Wash., for a full day of quarterfinal competition. All of the winners in Wednesday’s USA Boxing National Championships action advanced on to semifinal round competition on Thursday.
The jam-packed women’s lightweight division opened action on Wednesday afternoon as 2012 U.S. Olympian returned to the ring in the same city where she claimed her U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing title. Underwood returned in victorious fashion, defeating Maritza Guillen (Reno, Nev.) on a 3-0 unanimous decision in their quarterfinal contest. She will face former national champion Melissa Parker (Spring, Texas) on Thursday. Reigning featherweight world champion Tiara Brown (Hyattsville, Md.) and number one world ranked light welterweight Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) competed in lightweight competition as well with both boxers claiming unanimous wins. Brown and Mayer will face off in semifinal round action tomorrow.
The unanimous decisions reigned supreme in Wednesday’s afternoon competition with only two of 23 early session bouts going to a split decision. The lone TKO of the day’s early action came in the youth men’s welterweight division with welterweight Timothy Lee (Las Vegas, Nev.) taking a first round TKO win over Joshua Ramirez (McKinney, Texas) in the quarterfinal match-up.
Boxers in the youth men’s flyweight, lightweight, and welterweight divisions all advanced on to semifinal round action on Thursday with their wins in Wednesday’s action. In addition to the lightweight class, women’s elite boxers in the featherweight and welterweight divisions moved on to the semifinals with their wins on Wednesday.
The quarterfinal action continued in Wednesday night’s competition with bouts in the youth males’ light flyweight, bantamweight, light welterweight and light heavyweight classes. 2012 Junior Olympic National Champion Nico Hernandez (Wichita, Kansas) opened evening competition in a light flyweight contest with Michael Aguayo (Dallas, Texas), winning a 3-0 unanimous decision. Hernandez moves on to a semifinal battle with Joshua Franco (San Antonio, Texas) on Thursday.
Also in the light flyweight division, Olympic training partner Gilbert Renteria (Houston, Texas) competed in his first USA Boxing National Championships and he won a unanimous decision victory over Conrad Rendon (Fresno, Calif.) to advance in the tournament.
Thursday will be the busiest day of the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships with the third ring at the HUB Sports Center being put into action for the first time. Every division will see action on Thursday with all of the remaining competitors who have not earned byes into Friday and Saturday’s action boxing tomorrow in a full day of bouts. The elite males will compete in quarterfinal competition on Friday with the other four divisions boxing in the semifinal round. Competition will begin at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the HUB Sports Center.
5 p.m. Session
Elite Women’s Division
125 lbs: Karla Herrera, Los Angeles, Calif. dec. Haley Pasion, Aiea, Hawaii, 3-0
125 lbs: Rianna Rios, Alice, Texas, dec. Michelle Cook, Massena, N.Y., 3-0
125 lbs: Monayah Patterson, Warren, Mich., dec. Amorena Baca, Denver, Colo., 3-0
125 lbs: Jennifer Hamann, Seattle, Wash., dec. Jasmedh Rosales, Los Angeles, Calif., 3-0
152 lbs: Nisa Rodriguez, Bronx, N.Y., dec. Jenah Smith, Seattle, Wash., 3-0
Youth Men’s Division
108 lbs: Nico Hernandez, Wichita, Kan., dec. Michael Aguayo, Dallas, Texas, 2-1
108 lbs: Joshua Franco, San Antonio, Texas, dec. Andrew Strode, Denver, Colo., 3-0
108 lbs: Martin Delgado, Dallas, Texas, dec. Luis Delgado, Jr., San Antonio, Texas, 3-0
108 lbs: Gilbert Renteria, Houston, Texas, dec. Conrad Rendon, Fresno, Calif., 3-0
141 lbs: Alexis Urbina, Phoenix, Ariz., dec. Shameek Peralta, Mount Vernon, N.Y., 3-0
141 lbs: Abel Mendoza, Hobbs, N.M., dec. Abram Martinez, Rock Springs, Wyo., 3-0
141 lbs: Deville Alexander, Houston, Texas., dec. Alec Zavala, Cornoa, Calif., 3-0
123 lbs: Matthew Guerrero, Manteca, Calif., dec. Raul Estrada, Aloha, Ore., 3-0
123 lbs: Francisco Martinez, Dallas, Texas, dec. Efren Lopez, Fresno, Calif., 3-0
123 lbs: Jayvon Garnett, Cincinnati, Ohio, dec. Jarico O’Quinn, Detroit, Mich., 2-1
123 lbs: Ramon Cardenas, San Antonio, Texas, dec. Uriel Valdovinos, Omaha, Neb., 3-0
178 lbs: Michael Barreto, Minneapolis, Minn., dec. Sharif Rahman, Las Vegas, Nev., 3-0
178 lbs: Elvis Figueroa, New Haven, Conn., dec. Chase Calloway, St. JOseph, Mo., 3-0
11 a.m. Session
Elite Women’s Division
106 lbs: Elisha Halstead, Philadelphia, Pa., dec. Leah Mitchem, Savannah, Ga., 3-0
119 lbs: Amanda Pavone, Burlington, Mass., dec. Monica Alvarez, San Antonio, Texas, 3-0
119 lbs: Carissa Morton, San Francisco, Calif., dec. Rory Santos, Anchorage, Alaska, 3-0
132 lbs: Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash., dec. Maritza Guillen, Reno, Nev., 3-0
132 lbs: Melissa Parker, Spring, Texas, dec. Lisa Porter, Valley Village, Calif., 3-0
132 lbs: Tiara Brown, Hyattsville, Md., dec. Kristin Carlson, Chicago, 3-0
132 lbs: Mikaela Mayer, Los Angeles, Calif., dec. LaKesha Springle, Martinez, Ga., 3-0
Youth Men’s Division
114 lbs: Antonio Vargas, Kissimmee, Fla., dec. Andrew Thornton, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 3-0
114 lbs: Timothy Jarman, St. Louis, Mo., dec. Justin Juan Dampac, Lynwood, Wash., 3-0
114 lbs: Arnold Alejandro, Grand Prairie, Texas, dec. Jaybrio Pebenito, Ewa Beach, Hawaii, 3-0
114 lbs: Brent Venegas, III, Elk Grove, Calif., dec. Jose Borges, Philadelphia, Pa., 3-0
132 lbs: Lamont Roach, Upper Marlboro, Md., dec. Eder Carrillo, Woodland, Calif., 3-0
132 lbs: Anthony Marsella, Smithfield, R.I., dec. Jousce Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif., 2-1
132 lbs: Genaro Gamez, San Diego, Calif., dec. Gary Russell, Capitol Heights, Md., 3-0
132 lbs: Thomas Velasquez, Philadelphia, Pa., dec. George Acosta, Whittier, Calif., 3-0
152 lbs: Adrian Gutierrez, Chula Vista, Calif., dec. Eric Mendoza, Pasco, Wash., 3-0
152 lbs: Kareem Martin, Clinton, Md., dec. Gabriel Hernandez, El Cajon, Calif., 3-0
152 lbs: Fabian Alvarado, Irving, Texas, dec. Cody Tonkin, Butte, Mont., 3-0
152 lbs: Timothy Lee, Las Vegas, Nev. won on a TKO over Joshua Ramirez, McKinney, Texas, TKO-1 (1:41)
165 lbs: Javier Martinez, Milwaukee, Wis., dec. Ameth Gonzalez, Hialeah Gardens, Fla., 2-1
165 lbs: Furqan Raschke, Sherman Oaks, Calif., dec. Nathan Kinsman, Casper, Wyo., 3-0
165 lbs: Alex Rincon, Carrollton, Texas, dec. Jason Bell-Edwards, District Heights, Md., 3-0
165 lbs: Aaron Katzman, Menlo Park, Calif., dec. Jordan Panthen, Kapolei, Hawaii, 3-0
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