(SPOKANE, WASH.) – The 2013 USA Boxing National Championships rolled into the second day of competition on Tuesday as participants and fans alike began to acclimate to all the rule changes being made in the sport. Once again, two rings of action filled the HUB Sports Center in Spokane, Wash., with all of the competitors boxing to advance in their individual divisions and weight classes.
Twenty-seven preliminary round contests highlighted afternoon action with boxers competing in the youth males’ lightweight and senior men’s welterweight division alongside elite men’s bouts in the lightweight, middleweight and light heavyweight classes. The jam-packed youth males’ division took the ring for the second straight day with 12 bouts of preliminary round action and once again, the competition was hotly contested. Reigning Junior Olympic national champion Christian Bermudez (Brooklyn, N.Y.) fell to Gary Antwuan Russell (Capitol Heights, Md.) in their preliminary round match-up. The following bout ended quickly with Genaro Gamez (San Diego, Calif.) taking a knockout victory at the 2:40 mark of the first round of their showdown. Gamez and Russell will face off for a spot in the medal round on Wednesday.
In senior men’s welterweight action, Reyes Marquez (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and DeLorien Caraway (St. Paul, Minn.) each enjoyed short outings in their preliminary match-ups. Marquez won a TKO victory in the second round of his contest with Nicholas Carrico (San Diego, Calif.), taking the win with one minute remaining in the second round. Caraway needed less than two minutes to put an end to his bout with Robel Biru (Seattle, Wash.). Caraway’s first round knockout advanced him on to a semifinal contest with Marquez.
The men’s elite lightweight division controlled the first seven bouts of the afternoon in the second ring with all of the competitors vying for spots in the quarterfinal round. Charles Vasquez Vera (New Port Richey, Fla.) pulled an early upset, defeating the number two seed in the lightweight division, Luis Feliciano (Milwaukee, Fla.). Vasquez Vera won a unanimous decision over Vera to advance to Thursday’s competition.
Middleweight Daniel Thomas (Concord, Calif.) earned a knockout victory over Berlin Kerney (El Cajon, Calif.) in their elite men’s preliminary contest, winning the bout at the 1:13 mark of the first round to advance on to the next round.
The first female bouts of the tournament opened competition in the evening session with elite female featherweights taking the ring for the first two contests. Haley Pasion (Aiea, Hawaii) claimed the first win, taking a split decision victory over U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing competitor Taversha Norwood (Oxnard, Calif.).
Men’s elite welterweight Rashidi Ellis (Lynn, Mass.) competed in his first bout at the USA Boxing National Championships Tuesday night following a silver medal at the Independence Cup in the Dominican Republic earlier this year. He faced off with the towering Ivan Pandzic (Ontario, Calif.) in the seventh welterweight bout of the night. Ellis used his aggression to find his range and landed powerful shots against his taller opponent. His efforts paid off as Ellis won a third round TKO over Pandzic to move on to Thursday’s quarterfinals.
The senior men’s division controlled the opposite ring in evening action with matches in the bantamweight, light welterweight, heavyweight and super heavyweight classes being contested in the second session. Thirteen senior men’s boxers advanced on in the tournament including U.S. Army athletes Marquis Moore (Fort Carson, Colo.) and Marvin Carey (Colorado Springs, Colo.).
The elite men’s division will enjoy a rest day on Wednesday with elite women in the light flyweight, bantamweight, lightweight, and welterweight classes taking the ring in quarterfinal action tomorrow. The youth males will compete in quarterfinal action on Thursday as well. Wednesday’s sessions will begin at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the HUB Sports Center.
The 2013 USA Boxing National Championships can be viewed via livestream on the USA Boxing website. The full tournament can be purchased for $29.95 or $9.95 daily on the watch live tab on USA Boxing’s website, www.usaboxing.org.
Senior Men’s Division
123 lbs: Gary Russell, Capitol Heights, Md., dec. Joshua McShane, Waianae, Hawaii, 3-0
123 lbs: Jaime Estrada, New Windsor, N.Y., dec. Jeremy Durgin, Jber, Alaska, 2-1
141 lbs: Damon Allen, Philadelphia, Pa., dec. Daquan Mays, Trotwood, Ohio, 3-0
141 lbs: Patrick Harris, Hyattsville, Md., dec. Brian Clements, Topeka, Kan., 3-0
141 lbs: Kent Cruz, St. Louis, Mo., dec. Tavarus Roberts, Minot AFB, N.Dak., 3-0
141 lbs: Robert O’ Quinn, Lansing, Mich., dec. Timothy Ramos, Framingham, Mass., 3-0
165 lbs: Marquis Moore, Fort Carlson, Colo., dec. Daneil Logan, Oklahoma City, Okla., 3-0
165 lbs: Christopher Galeano, Bronx, N.Y., dec. Brandon Mendoza, Nampa, Idaho, 3-0
201 lbs: Hakim Lopez, Lithonia, Ga., dec. Hasim Rahman, Jr., Las Vegas, Nev., 3-0
201 lbs: Alvin Varmall, Laplace, La., won on TKO over John Asi, Honolulu, Hawaii, TKO-3 (2:44)
201 lbs: Marvin Carey, Colorado Springs, Colo., dec. Joshua Yellow Owl, Great Falls, Mont., 3-0
201+lbs: Stephan Shaw, St. Louis, Mo., won on knockout over William Wyatt, New Berlin, Wis., KO-2 (1:55)
201+lbs: George Faavae, Carson, Calif., won on TKO over Alejandro Bermudez, Gatesville, TX, TKO-1 (2:33)
Elite Women’s Division
125 lbs: Haley Pasion, Aiea, Hawaii, dec. Taversha Norwood, Oxnard, Calif., 2-1
125 lbs: Jasmedh Rosales, Los Angeles, Calif., dec. Alyssa Rivera, Lamont, Ill., 3-0
Elite Men’s Division
152 lbs: Hakim Bryant, Asbury Park, N.J., dec. Samuel Valentin, Land O’ Lakes, Fla., 3-0
152 lbs: Thomas Hill, Milwaukee, Wis., dec. Diego Vermilye, Denver, Colo., 2-1
152 lbs: Patrick Torres, Keaau, Hawaii won on a TKO over Alfonso Hernandez-Fabre, Dania Beach, Fla., TKO-2 (2:58)
152 lbs: Tony Losey, Wichita, Kan., dec. Javaune James, Miramar, Fla., 3-0
152 lbs: Jamontay Clark, Cincinnati, Ohio, dec. Jordan Jones, Dallas, Texas, 3-0
152 lbs: Rashidi Ellis, Lynn, Mass., won on a knockout over Ivan Pandzic, Ontario, Calif., TKO-3 (2:58)
152 lbs: Chordelle Booker, Brooklyn, N.Y., dec. Jeremiah Millett, St. Louis, Mo., 3-0
152 lbs: Ve Shawn Owens, St. Louis Park, Minn. dec. Samuel Ellsworth, Farmerville, La., 2-1
Youth Male Division
132 lbs: Eder Carrillo, Woodland, Calif., dec. Jessie Garcia, Kingwood, Texas, 3-0
132 lbs: Lamont Roach, Upper Marlboro, Md., dec. Kelvin Davis, Norfolk, Va., 3-0
132 lbs: Jousce Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif., dec. Lorenzo Caldera, Portland, Ore., 3-0
132 lbs: Anthony Marsella, Smithfield, R.I., dec. Kolby Dinius-LeCoure, Butte, Mont., 3-0
132 lbs: Gary Russell, Capital Heights, Md., dec. Christian Bermudez, Brooklyn, N.Y., 3-0
132 lbs: Genaro Gamez, San Diego, Calif. won on knockout over Santino Acosta, Tucson, Ariz., KO-1 (2:40)
132 lbs: George Acosta, Whittier, Calif., dec. Rosino Legan, Gilroy, Calif., 3-0
132 lbs: Thomas Velasquez, Philadelphia, Pa., dec. Robert Jimenez, Nampa, Idaho, 3-0
Senior Men’s Division
132 lbs: Javar Jones, Philadelphia, Pa., dec. Christian Camacho, Bronx, N.Y., 3-0
132 lbs: Kenneth DeJesusCruz, San Antonio, Texas won on walkover over Joshua Jones, Philadelphia, Pa., W/O
132 lbs: Canton Miller, Saint Louis, Mo., dec. Dominique Griffin, Irving, Texas, 2-1
132 lbs: Tyquan Boyd, Newark, N.J., won on walkover over Dustin Southichack, San Antonio, Texas, W/O
152 lbs: Reyes Marquez, Colorado Springs, Colo., won on TKO over Nicholas Carrico, San Diego, Calif., TKO-2 (1:00)
152 lbs: DeLorien Caraway, Saint Paul, Minn., won on knockout over Robel Biru, Seattle, Wash., KO-1 (1:07)
152 lbs: Peter Cortez, Reno, Nev., dec. Juan Salazar, Irving, Texas, 3-0
152 lbs: Melquiades Ramirez, Denver, Colo., dec. Henry Silva, Casper, Wyo., 3-0
Elite Men’s Division
132 lbs: Ramiro Hernandez, Cleveland, Ohio, dec. Thomas Walters, Cypress, Calif., 3-0
132 lbs: Demetrius Johnson, St. Louis, Mo., dec. Xavier Griffin, Minneapolis, Minn., 2-1
132 lbs: Luis Sedeno, Duarte, Calif., dec. Mikail Jones, Cincinnati, Ohio, 3-0
132 lbs: Tracy Alexander, Compton, Calif., dec. William Foster, West Haven, Conn., 3-0
132 lbs: Avery Sparrow, Conyers, Ga., dec. Carlos Adame, Dallas, Texas, 3-0
132 lbs: Cresencio Ramos, San Antonio, Texas dec. Gabriel Chacon, Hollywood, Fla., 3-0
132 lbs: Charles Vasquez Vera, New Port Richey, Fla., dec. Luis Feliciano, Milwaukee, Wis., 3-0
165 lbs: Kalvin Henderson, Fayetteville, Ariz., dec. Shane Mosley, Jr., Upland, Calif., 2-1
165 lbs: Jonathan Esquivel, Anaheim, Calif., won on tiebreaker over Malcom, Collins, Buena Park, Calif., TB
165 lbs: Daniel Thomas, Concord, Calif., won on knockout over Berlin Kerney, El Cajon, Calif., KO-1 (1:13)
178 lbs: John Magda, Rutherford, N.J., dec. Dugon Lawton, Tacoma, Wash., 3-0
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