(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Team USA advanced four more boxers to the quarterfinal round of the 2014 Youth World Championships today at the Armeec Arena in Sofia, Bulgaria. The United States squad put on a strong showing on the final day of preliminary round bouts on Sunday, winning four out of their five bouts.
2013 Junior World Champion Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.) set the tone for his United States team in his second bout of the tournament. The first American athlete to compete in Sunday’s action, Stevenson faced a stiff challenge from Turkmenistan’s Hursand Imankuliyev in flyweight competition. The 16-year-old won a 3-0 decision over Imankuliyev in their early session match-up to earn his spot in the quarterfinal round. He will look to continue his international winning streak tomorrow when he faces Brazli’s Carlos Silva in evening action.
Light flyweight Nico Hernandez (Wichita, Kansas) won his second bout in as many days with a victory over Mongolia’s Tumurkhuyag Bat-Ochir in today’s afternoon session. After waiting several days for his first bout, he will compete for the third straight day in Monday’s quarterfinal competition. Hernandez will take on Azerbaijan’s Rufat Huseynov in the quarterfinal round.
Javier Estrada (Palmdale, Calif.) claimed the third win of the day for the United States squad in his match-up with Great Britain’s John Docherty. He took a 3-0 win over Docherty in their welterweight contest to advance on to a quarterfinal contest with Juan Solano of the Dominican Republic on Monday.
Super heavyweight Darmani Rock (Philadelphia, Pa.) was the final United States athlete to compete in the 2014 Youth World Championships and his opening bout was worth the wait. Rock took over early in his contest with Kazakhstan’s Yeldos Kadyrbaev. He won the first round on all three judges scorecards and continued his strong work in the second stanza. Rock gave Kaydyrbaev a standing eight count early in the round, and after the Kazahstani boxer hit the canvas for the second time, his corner had seen enough and threw in the towel at the 2:08 mark. The second round TKO win earns Rock a quarterfinal match-up with Great Britain’s Nathan Gorman in Monday’s evening session.
Bantamweight Carlos Balderas (Santa Maria, Calif.) suffered the lone U.S. loss of the day in his bout with Cuba’s Javier Ibanez. He fell by a 3-0 margin to Ibanez in his third bout of the tournament.
Team USA’s two remaining female competitors will return to the ring on Monday for quarterfinal competition as well. Lightweight Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) will take on Sweden’s Agnes Alexiusson while Turkey’s Sema Caliksan in morning competition.
Coaches Pedro Roque (Colorado Springs, Colo.), David Balderas (Santa Maria, Calif.), and Willie Moses (Newark, N.J.) are leading the United States team at the international event in Bulgaria with Dr. Ralph Bohm (Dix Hills, N.Y.) serving as the team physician.
For additional information on the 2014 Youth World Championships and links to the online stream of the action, go to http://boxingsofia2014.org.
108 lbs/male: Nico Hernandez, Wichita, Kansas/USA dec. Tumurkhuyag Bat-Ochir, MON, 2-1
114 lbs/male: Shakur Stevenson, Newark, N.J./USA dec. Hursand Imankuliyev, TMN, 3-0
123 lbs/male: Javier Ibanez, CUB, dec. Carlos Balderas, Santa Maria, Calif./USA, 3-0
152 lbs/male: Javier Estrada, Palmdale, Calif./USA dec. Nathan Gorman, GBR, 3-0
201+ lbs/male: Darmani Rock, Philadelphia, Pa./USA won on TKO over Yeldos Kadyrbaev, KAZ, TKO-2
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