(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Five American boxers will compete for gold today at the Independence Cup in Santiago, Dominican Republic. For the second straight day, all of the American boxers competing in tournament action won their bouts, marking nine consecutive victories for the U.S. squad. Male lightweight Genaro Gamez (San Diego, Calif.), female lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.), male light welterweight Abraham Nova (Albany, N.Y.), male heavyweight Sardius Simmons (Flint, Mich.), and male super heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) will all box in final round competition today in Santiago.
Underwood’s semifinal bout offered the 2012 Olympian the opportunity to avenge a semifinal loss to Pan American Games champion Kiria Tapia of Puerto Rico in the 2013 event. After falling by one point in last year’s tournament, she took a 2-0 victory over Tapia in their semifinal rematch. Underwood’s win earned her a berth in her first Independence Cup final where she will face Aline Santana of Brazil for lightweight gold.
USA Boxing’s men put on an impressive showing in their semifinal contests as well. Following a rest day, Gamez returned to action with his third straight victory. Gamez defeated host nation boxer Luis Salazar of the Dominican Republic by a 2-1 margin to advance to the gold medal bout. He will take on Mexico’s Lindolfo Delgado Garza in tonight’s championship round competition.
In light welterweight action, Nova continued his tournament winning streak in his semifinal bout with the Dominican Republic’s Wascar Ramiez. The newly crowned national champion took a 2-1 win over Ramiez to claim a spot in final round action. Nova will battle a second straight host nation boxer in the light welterweight final as he faces off with Jackson Martinez.
Simmons was the third U.S. boxer to advance to the finals in his first major international competition. A teammate of 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields, Simmons won a 2-1 decision over Brandon Olvera of Mexico to earn a berth in tonight’s final round action. He will challenge Ecuador’s Julio Castillo for Independence Cup gold tonight.
Awesome enjoyed great international success in 2013 and he’s continuing his winning ways in 2014 in the Dominican Republic. The American super heavyweight won a unanimous decision over Edgar Alberto Ramirez Vargas of Mexico in semifinal action to advance to championship night. Awesome will look to add another international gold medal to his resume when he takes on Jonathan Gonzalez this evening.
Coaches Enrique Cedeno (Milwaukee, Wis.), Jason Crutchfield (Flint, Mich.) and Luis Gamez (San Diego, Calif.) are leading the squad in Santiago with Dr. Robin Goodfellow (Albion, Mich.) serving as the Team Physician at her second straight Independence Cup.
132 lbs/female: Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash./USA dec. Kiria Tapia, PUR, 2-0
132 lbs/male: Genaro Gamez, San Diego, Calif./USA dec. Luis Salazar, DOM, 2-1
141 lbs/male: Abraham Nova, Albany, N.Y./USA dec. Wascar Ramiez, DOM, 201
201 lbs/male: Sardius Simmons, Flint, Mich./USA dec. Brandon Olvera Hernandez, MEX, 2-1
201+ lbs/male: Cam F. Awesome, Lenexa, Kansas dec. Edgar Alberto Ramirez Vargas, MEX, 3-0
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).