After a strong opening bout on day one of the 2015 Junior and Youth World Championships, Team USA took two losses on the second day of competition at the Xinzhuang Stadium in New Taipei City. Youth light flyweight Hillary Perez (Arlington, Texas) and junior division middleweight Amanda Bermudez (Gatesville, Texas) each dropped their preliminary bouts on Sunday.
Bermudez competed in her first international bout against experienced foe Karolina Makhno of Ukraine in Sunday’s afternoon’s session. Despite her inexperience, Bermudez came prepared to battle in her first bout of the tournament. Yet the Ukranian’s height and accurate punching were too much for the American boxer and Makhno won a second TKO over Bermudez.
In the evening session, Perez faced off with Mongolia’s Osormaa Sarantsetseg in the first bout of the night. Despite her small size, Perez looked to outbox the Mongolian boxer. Each round was close but Sarantsetseg won a 3-0 decision over Perez.
Five American boxers will compete on the third day of competition on Monday at the Xinzhuang Stadium in New Taipei City. In junior division action, light flyweight Heaven Garcia (El Monte, Calif.) will battle Ireland’s Shauna Blakey with light bantamweight Pauline Viesca (Commerce, Calif.) facing Kazakhstan’s Akniyet Abdigozha.
Two Junior World Champions will compete for the United States on Monday evening in the youth division. Flyweight Caitlin Orosco (Anaheim, Calif.) will make her 2015 tournament debut in a match with India’s Haobijan Mahe Devi in flyweight preliminary competition. Lightweight Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) opened the tournament for her U.S. squad on Saturday night and the team captain will return to action on Monday in a contest with Romania’s Dana Borzei. Featherweight Melanie Gonzalez (Houston, Texas) will compete for the first time in Taipei, facing off with Italy and Chinese Taipei.
Christy Halbert (Nashville, Tenn.), Kay Koroma (Burke, Va.), Don Fain (Reno, Nev.), Caroline Barry (Boulder, Colo.), and Arthur James (Anaheim, Calif.) are leading the United States team in Taipei.
106 lbs/youth: Osormaa Sarantsetseg, MGL, dec. Hillary Perez, Arlington, Texas/USA, 3-0
165 lbs/junior: Karolina Makhno, UKR, stopped Amanda Bermudez, Gatesville, Texas/USA, TKO-2