(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Team USA returned home today with two first place team trophies in hand, following a dominant performance in two international competition in Puerto Rico. The team closed the Olympic Cup with five gold medal victories on Thursday as well as a silver medal on the final day of their Puerto Rican visit.
Light flyweight Leroy Davila (New Brunswick, N.J.) set the tone for the evening with a resounding 3-0 championship victory over Puerto Rico’s Harold Lopez. During the past several weeks in Puerto Rico, Davila won gold in both international tournaments and exemplified leadership in and out of the ring. This is Davila’s third international medal of 2013.
Flyweight Shawn Simpson’s (Chicago, Ill.) extensive international experience was evident in an action-packed bout with 2012 Puerto Rican Olympian Jantony Ortiz. Simpson lost a close 2-1 decision to claim the silver medal. It was the second face-off of Simpson and Ortiz in just two weeks on Ortiz’s home soil, following their championship bout in the Cheo Aponte Tournament last week.
If flyweight Virginia Fuchs’ (Kemah, Texas) second round TKO in the preliminaries did not make a statement, her championship night definitely affirmed her expertise. Fuchs claimed her gold medal early by defeating Janet Gowitz of Puerto Rico in a first round TKO. During her time in Puerto Rico, Fuchs never heard the closing bell of a final round – she impressively stopped every opponent with a TKO.
Light welterweight Jose Alday (Odessa, Texas) finished his first international experience with a championship victory against Jose Lopez of Puerto Rico. A newcomer to USA Boxing’s National Team, Alday exceled in Puerto Rico and will depart with a gold and silver medal in the two Puerto Rican tournaments.
After an early elimination from Cheo Aponte, middleweight Le’Shawn Rodriquez (Shirley, N.Y.) rebounded strongly to claim gold on Thursday evening. Rodriquez defeated Lucas Martins of Brazil in a unanimous decision.
Championship night closed on an exciting note with super heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa Kansas) winning gold over Clayton Lavien of the Virgin Islands. Along with Davila and Fuchs, Awesome went undefeated in Puerto Rico with two gold medals. Awesome has received notable attention lately for his 15-0 winning streak since returning to boxing in February. He has captured two national and international titles since returning to boxing action in April.
USA Boxing International Teaching Coach Pedro Roque (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Kevin Benford (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Steve Rivera (Somerset, N.J.) served as the coaching staff in Puerto Rico with Dr. Nicholas Piantanida (Colorado Springs, Colo.) working as the Team Physician. After a week-long training camp and back-to-back competitions, Team USA returns to recuperate and continue its strong forward momentum towards the Men’s World Championships later this year.
U.S. Olympic Cup Results
Thursday, June 6
108 lbs/male: Leroy Davila, New Brunswick, N.J./USA dec. Harold Lopez, PUR, 3-0
114 lbs/male: Jantony Ortiz, PUR, dec. Shawn Simpson, Chicago, Ill./USA, 2-1
112 lbs/female: Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas/USA won on TKO over Janet Gowitz, PUR, TKO-1
141 lbs/male: Jose Alday, Odessa, Texas/USA, dec. Jose Lopez, PUR, 3-0
165 lbs/male: Le’Shawn Rodriquez, Shirley, N.Y./USA, dec. Lucas Martins, BRA, 3-0
201+ lbs/male: Cam F. Awesome, Lenexa, Kansas/USA, dec. Clayton Lavien, ISV, 3-0
Wednesday, June 5
114 lbs/male: Shawn Simpson, Chicago, Ill./USA won on walkover over Emanuel Rodriguez, PUR, W/O
132 lbs/female: Kiria Tapia, PUR, dec. Tiara Brown, Fort Myers, Fla./USA, 2-1
132 lbs/male: Jose Rosario, PUR, dec. Luis Sedano, Duarte, Calif./USA, 3-0
178 lbs/male: Michael Borges, BRA, dec. Geremias Torres, Holyoke, Mass./USA, 2-1
201+ lbs/male: Cam F. Awesome, Lenexa, Kansas/USA dec. Johnny Kluge, BRA, 3-0
Tuesday, June 4
108 lbs/male: Leroy Davila, New Brunswick, N.J./USA dec. Gerardo Valez, DOM, 3-0
112 lbs/female: Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas/USA won on walkover over Naiomy Vazquez, PUR, W/O
123 lbs/male: Juan Reyes, GUA, dec. Eduardo Martinez, Aurora, Ill./USA, 3-0
141 lbs/male: Jose Alday, Odessa, Texas/USA dec. Carlos Bernier, PUR, 3-0
201 lbs/male: Juan Nogueira, BRA, dec. Michael Hilton, Trenton, N.J./USA, 2-1
Monday, June 3
108 lbs/male: Leroy Davila, New Brunswick, N.J./USA dec. Anthony Chacon, PUR, 3-0
114 lbs/male: Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas/USA won on technical knockout over Rose Matos, PUR, TKO-2
114 lbs/female: Shawn Simpson, Chicago, Ill./USA dec. Jan Lopez, PUR, 3-0
123 lbs/male: Eduardo Martinez, Aurora, Ill./USA dec. Hector Marrero, PUR, 3-0
132 lbs/male: Luis Sedano, Duarte, Calif./USA won on technical knockout over Nestor Bravo, PUR, TKO-3
201 lbs/male: Michael Hilton, Trenton, N.J./USA won on walkover over Kevin Nunez, PUR, W/O
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).