(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Five U.S. boxers entered the ring for today’s championship round action at the 2014 Leszek Drogogz Memorial Tournament in Kielce, Poland and four emerged victorious in the international competition. Light flyweight Joshua Franco (San Antonio, Texas), flyweight Malik Jackson (Washington DC), welterweight Jose Alday (Odessa, Texas), and super heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) all won gold medals with bantamweight Ja’Rico O’Quinn (Detroit, Mich.) settling for silver. In addition to his light flyweight championship, Franco was named the tournament’s outstanding boxer.
Franco faced off with Turkey’s Tolgshan Oztork in his second bout of the tournament and the American boxer made sure to leave an impression. He stopped Oztork in the third round with a body shot to take a TKO victory and the light flyweight gold medal.
Jackson competed for the first time in Saturday’s final round action, taking on Armenia’s Soghomonyan Konyun in the flyweight championship contest. Jackson took the title with a 2-1 victory over Konyun in the flyweight finale.
Alday continued his winning streak in a bout with Poland’s Rafael Percyzynski in the welterweight final round contest. Alday won a unanimous decision over Percyznski in their match-up to grab the gold medal.
Following another unique ring walk, Awesome flipped in to the ring for his fourth bout of the tournament. He took on host nation boxer Roger Hryniuk of Poland in the super heavyweight championship bout. Awesome won his fourth straight unanimous decision to claim the super heavyweight crown.
O’Quinn lost a split decision to Brazil’s Carlos Rocha in their bantamweight championship bout to take the silver medal.
In addition to Franco winning the outstanding boxer of the tournament award, USA Boxing’s Don Rivera was named the outstanding official in the event. Coaches Edward Murphy (Shirley, N.Y.), Luis Gamez (San Diego, Calif.) and Jose Alday, Sr. (Odessa, Texas) led the U.S. team at the event.
Saturday’s U.S. Results
108 lbs: Joshua Franco, San Antonio, Texas/USA won on TKO over Tolgshan Oztork, TUR, TKO-3
114 lbs: Malik Jackson, Washington DC dec. Soghomonyan Konyun, ARM, 2-1
123 lbs: Carlos Rocha, BRA, dec. Ja’Rico O’Quinn, Detroit, Mich./USA, 2-1
152 lbs: Jose Alday, Odessa, Texas/USA dec. Rafael Percyznski, POL, 3-0
201+ lbs: Cam F. Awesome, Lenexa, Kansas/USA dec. Roger Hryniuk, POL, 3-0