(CHARLESTON, W. VA.) – The 43rd edition of USA Boxing’s prestigious Junior Olympic National Championships began with 33 preliminary bouts on Wednesday at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, W. Va. 1984 Olympic bronze medalist and five-time heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield traveled to Charleston to support the young athletes competing in the tournament and took time to chat with the event participants on Wednesday evening.
Several top athletes took the ring on the first day of competition in Charleston, led by 2013 Junior World Championships silver medalist Daniel Gonzalez (Moreno Valley, Calif.). The two-time Junior Open champion faced off with Treston Domingo (Aiea, Hawaii) in his Junior Olympic National Championships bout. Gonzalez gave Domingo a standing eight count with a strong combination of punches en route to a unanimous decision win in his flyweight opener.
Fellow two-time Junior Open titlist Devin Haney (Las Vegas, Nev.) also won his preliminary bout on Wednesday afternoon, taking a 3-0 victory over Israel Rodriguez (Humble, Texas) in featherweight competition.
In the evening session, 2014 Junior Open champion and Outstanding Boxer Victor Morales (Vancouver, Wash.) showcased the skills that earned him the award in his bantamweight contest with Shadid Bond (Edgewood, Md.). Morales won a unanimous decision to advance on to Thursday’s quarterfinal competition.
Two sessions of quarterfinal competition will take place at the Charleston Civic Center on Thursday with 59 bouts of action being contested in two rings. All of the day’s winners will advance on to Friday’s semifinal action.
Tickets for the event are only $10 per day with an all-session pass available for $30 and tickets can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com or at the door. Children under 12 will be admitted to the event free of charge.
USA Boxing’s Junior Olympic program is a critical developmental pipeline for the organization and has consistently produced future Olympians and professional world champions. 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) won the 2011 event in Mobile prior to claiming the first-ever middleweight gold in women’s Olympic boxing action.
Wednesday’s Preliminary Results
101 lbs/male: Ricardo Sandoval, Rialto, Calif., dec. Roberto Rodriguez, San Antonio, Texas, 3-0
101 lbs/male: Adrian Benton, Cincinnati, Ohio dec. Rodolfo Cuazitl, Tampa, Fla., 3-0
106 lbs/male: Fernando Martinez, Albuquerque, N.M., dec. Tyrese Cormier, Crowley, La., 3-0
106 lbs/male: Dylan Price, Sicklerville, N.J., dec. Cody Sullivan, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., 3-0
106 lbs/male: Manuel Flores, Thermal, Calif., won on TKO over Lazario Ramirez, Houston, Texas TKO-3 (:53)
110 lbs/male: Ruben Robles, Los Angeles, Calif., dec. Dean Cuadrado, Ridgewood, N.Y., 3-0
110 lbs/male: Rogelio Ortega, Pasadena, Texas dec. Juniel Garcia, St. Cloud, Fla., 3-0
110 lbs/male: Marc Castro, Fresno, Calif., dec. Simon Pergande, Mt. Joilet, Tenn., 3-0
119 lbs/male: Delonte Johnson, Euclid, Ohio, won on walkover over Blake Brown, Oklahoma City, Okla., W/O
114 lbs/male: Ronnell Johnson, Westerville, Ohio dec. Jacob Flres, Selma, Calif., 2-1
114 lbs/male: Aaron Morales, Eufala, Okla., dec. Calvin Hart, Williamsburg, Va., 3-0
114 lbs/male: Daniel Gonzalez, Moreno Valley, Calif., dec. Treston Domingo, Aiea, Hawaii, 3-0
114 lbs/male: Jose Ibarra, Willow Springs, N.C., dec. Jonathan Zavala, Greeley, Colo., 3-0
119 lbs/male: Victor Morales, Vancouver, Wash., dec. Shadid Bond, Edgewood, Md., 3-0
119 lbs/male: Eric Puente, Carlsbad, Calif., won on TKO over Martin Benitez, Hobbs, N.M., TKO-2 (1:47)
125 lbs/male: Ryan Garcia, Adelanto, Calif., dec. Brandon Pizarro, Philadelphia, Pa., 3-0
125 lbs/male: Evan Sanchez, Parlier, Calif., dec. Zach Bartrum, Huntington, W. Va., 3-0
125 lbs/male: Keenan Glaude, Lafayette, La., dec. Logan Yoon, Honolulu, Hawaii, 3-0
125 lbs/male: Cervando Carpio, Oklahoma City, Okla., dec. Eli Trujillo, Rawlings, Wyo., 3-0
125 lbs/male: Devin Haney, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Israel Rodriguez, Humble, Texas, 3-0
125 lbs/male: Noah Kapner, Gravette, Ark., dec. Antonio Rodriguez, Fort Worth, Texas, 3-0
132 lbs/male: Alfredo Escarcega, Avondale, Ariz., dec. Dominic Serna, Indio, Calif., 3-0
132 lbs/male: Nicholas Chandler, Gloucester, N.J., dec. Doctress Robinson, Augusta, Ga., 2-1
132 lbs/male: Dezmond Lucas, Bronx, N.Y., dec. Devonte Williams, Baton Rouge, La., 2-1
132 lbs/male: Bryson Nuckles, Winfield, Kansas, dec. Mykquan Williams, East Hartford, Conn., 2-1
138 lbs/male: Julio Meijuar, Muscatine, Iowa dec. Tyler Tomlin, Champmansboro, Tenn., 2-1
138 lbs/male: Orlando Hernton, Augusta, Ga., dec. Eric Johnson, Euclid, Ohio, 2-1
145 lbs/male: Miguel Contreras, Bakersfield, Calif., dec. Sebastian Perea, Adkins, Texas, 2-1
145 lbs/male: Alan Lican, Grande Island, Neb., dec. Jeramie Jackson, Carencro, La., 3-0
145 lbs/male: Christian Rivera, Orlando, Fla., dec. Jamon Lewis, Phoenix, Ariz., 2-1
176+ lbs/male lbs: Roland Lemus, Los Angeles, Calif., dec. Aaron Monge, Los Lunas, N.M., 3-0
176+ lbs/male lbs: Devon Young, Aiken, Ga., dec. Rafael Gaitan, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2-1
176+ lbs/male: Cross Beaulieu, Barnum, Minn., dec. Mike Kirkman, Bothell, Wash., 3-0
176+ lbs/male: Nasir Mayfield, Schenectady, N.Y., won on TKO over Elijah Kelly, Fremont, Ohio, TKO-2
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).