The United States team continued to roll on Saturday at the World Olympic Qualifying Event in Baku, Azerbaijan. The American squad earned two more victories on the third day of action at the Sarhadchi Arena. Welterweight Paul Kroll (Philadelphia, Pa.) took a preliminary round victory in the early session and heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) won his bout in evening action.
Kroll competed in his second bout of the tournament on Saturday afternoon in a match-up with Guatemala’s Lester Normandy Martinez Tut. Kroll added another unanimous decision victory in their welterweight contest to advance on to the next round in the Olympic qualifying event. He will face Hungary’s Imre Balaz Acckai on Monday evening. Kroll is now only two victories away from qualifying for the Olympic Games.
Awesome opened the tournament in a first round contest with Chile’s Miguel Angel Veliz Correa in the heavyweight division. He took a unanimous decision in his tournament opener with Correa to advance on to the second round. Awesome’s next bout will be a match-up with Kosovo’s Armend Xhoxhaj on Monday afternoon.
Four U.S. boxers will compete in Sunday’s competition at the Sarhadchi Arena. Light welterweight Gary Russell (Capitol Heights, Md.), light heavyweight Jonathan Esquivel (Anaheim, Calif.), and super heavyweight Marlo Moore (Hayward, Calif.) will box in the afternoon with flyweight Antonio Vargas (Kissimmee, Fla.) taking the ring in the evening session. Russell will box in bout five against Ethiopia’s Girmachew Bahiru Tedesse while Esquivel faces Mongolia’s Erdenebayar Sandagsuren in bout 11. Moore will compete in his first bout of the tournament in bout 15 in a contest with Korea’s Dohyeon Kim. Vargas will close the day for the U.S. team in the opening bout of the evening session against Venezuela’s Yoel Segundo Finol Rivas.
Coaches Billy Walsh (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Joe Guzman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and Augie Sanchez (Las Vegas, Nev.) are leading the American team in Azerbaijan. Brandon Walker (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Dana Johnston (Colorado Springs, Colo.) are assisting the team as Team Manager and Athletic Trainer.
Male light flyweight Nico Hernandez (Wichita, Kansas), male bantamweight Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.), female lightweight Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.), male lightweight Carlos Balderas (Santa Maria, Calif.), and male middleweight Charles Conwell (Cleveland, Ohio) have qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games and are now preparing for the event, which will begin in 50 days.
152 lbs/69 kg: Paul Kroll, Philadelphia, Pa./USA dec. Lester Normandy Martinez Tut, GUA, 3-0
201 lbs/91 kg: Cam F. Awesome, Lenexa, Kansas/USA dec. Miguel Angel Veliz Correa, CHI, 3-0