COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Team USA’s two Team Captains claimed gold at the Makar Mazai Memorial in Mariupol, Ukraine on Saturday. Light flyweight Leroy Davila (New Brunswick, N.J.) and super heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) both defeated host nation boxers from Ukraine to take the third straight international gold medals.
Awesome won his third straight bout in Ukraine to win the gold medal, defeating Ukraine’s Vladimir Katsuk. Saturday’s victory adds another international gold medal to his USA Boxing National Championships, National Golden Gloves, Cheo Aponte and Olympic Cup titles in 2013. The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Men’s Boxing champion in 2011, Awesome hopes to finish his run to the Olympic Games in 2016.
The smallest member of Team USA took gold with a victory over Viktor Denisov in Saturday’s light flyweight finale. Davila, who opened 2013 with a silver medal in his international debut at the Independence Cup in the Dominican Republic, won his fourth international medal of the year on Saturday. While he doesn’t possess the same international experience has Awesome, Davila has enjoyed great success in his bouts outside of the United States. He won gold in both of his recent tournaments in Puerto Rico as well as his victory in Saturday’s action.
In addition to the gold medals from Davila and Awesome, flyweight Malik Jackson (Washington DC) and heavyweight Michael Hilton (Trenton, N.J.) took bronze medals in Ukraine as well. The four medals in Ukraine brings the United States total for the year to 64 with 31 gold, 13 silver and 20 bronze medals from USA Boxing’s eight international events in 2013.
The elite men’s team will return to international action at the Men’s Continental Championships later this summer.
Coaches Kevin Benford (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Kenneth Sims, Sr. (Chicago, Ill.) led the U.S. team in Ukraine.
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).