(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Top women’s squads from Canada faced off in international dual action on Saturday evening at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Boxers in the youth and elite divisions faced off with their international counterparts in eight bouts of competition in the first international dual of the year for USA Boxing. Team USA opened the dual on fire, winning the first six bouts of the night.
2012 Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) competed in the first elite division bout of the event, facing Taveena Kum of Canada in flyweight action. The fists were flying throughout the four round bout with both boxers letting their hands fly. Esparza landed hard shots throughout the contest but Kum kept coming forward, looking to upset the historic Olympic medalist. Esparza landed multiple heavy right hands in the final round, giving Kum a standing eight count late in the bout. Her efforts earned Esparza a unanimous decision victory over Kum and the second win of the night for team.
In the bantamweight division, 2012 World Championships bronze medalist Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.) faced off with Canada’s Vicky Pelletier. Cruz added another victory to her lengthy resume with a unanimous decision win over Pelletier in USA vs. Canada dual competition.
2012 World Champion Tiara Brown (Fort Myers, Fla.) stepped in the ring for the first time in international action at the featherweight division since the 2012 World Championships on Saturday. Yet she picked up right where she left off in her bout with Canada’s Sabrina Aubin. Brown boxed her way to a unanimous decision victory over Aubin and the fifth straight win of the night for Team USA.
2012 Olympian Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) had strong crowd support on hand at her new Olympic Training Center home, and she rewarded her fans with a victory in the USA vs. Canada Dual. Canada’s Caroline Veyre tried to send Queen’s supporters home disappointed, but she was not successful as Underwood took a 2-1 victory over her Canadian foe.
Light welterweight Destiny Chearino (Warwick, R.I.) competed in her first international contest on Saturday in a bout with Canada’s Marie-Eve Dicaire. The match was extremely close throughout with Chearino making her presence felt through strong punches and combinations. However it was Dicaire pulling out a 2-1 decision to give Canada their first win of the dual.
Canada claimed their second split decision win in the welterweight division as Canada’s Myriam DiSilva pulled out a tiebreaker over Team USA’s Danyelle Wolf (San Diego, Calif.). The bout was as close it could be with two judges scoring the bout a tiebreaker following the four rounds of action. Yet it was DiSilva pulling out the razor-close win to give Canada their second win of the dual.
A middleweight showdown between World Championships medalist Franchon Crews (Baltimore, Md.) and three-time world champion Mary Spencer of Canada closed the event. Crews boxed a beautiful and focused bout through all four rounds, defeating Spencer to add a sixth victory for her United States team.
2013 Junior World Champion Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) earned the first win of the event for her United States team, and she did so in her typical, overwhelming fashion. Gonzalez faced Canada’s Caitlin Trenholme in youth lightweight action in the first bout of the dual. She threw nonstop punches from the opening bell, suffocating the visiting boxer. Gonzalez gave Trenholme three standing eight counts before the referee halted the bout at the 1:39 mark of the opening stanza. The victory continues Gonzalez’s undefeated streak internationally.
132 lbs/youth: Jajaira Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif./USA won on TKO over Caitlin Trenholme, CAN, TKO-1 (1:39)
112 lbs/elite: Marlen Esparza, Houston, Texas/USA dec. Taveena Kum, CAN, 3-0
119 lbs/elite: Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y./USA dec. Vicky Pelletier, CAN, 3-0
125 lbs/elite: Tiara Brown, Fort Myers, Fla./USA dec. Sabrina Aubin, CAN, 3-0
132 lbs/elite: Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash./USA dec. Caroline Veyre, CAN, 2-1
141 lbs/elite: Marie-Eve Dicaire, CAN, dec. Destiny Chearino, Warwick, R.I./USA, 2-1
152 lbs/elite: Myriam DiSilva, CAN, dec. Danyelle Wolf, San Francisco, Calif./USA, 2-1
165 lbs/elite: Franchon Crews, Baltimore, Md./USA dec. Mary Spencer, CAN, 2-1
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).