(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – American flyweight Malik Jackson (Washington, D.C.) opened the 2013 Elite Men’s World Championships in style for the United States squad on Monday in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The 19-year-old competed in the first bout of the entire tournament on Monday afternoon at the Boluan Sholak Cultural & Sports Palace.
Jackson opened tournament action in a bout with Angola’s Vilvaldo Rodrigues in Monday’s preliminary round competition. He showcased his intentions early in his World Championships debut, taking a TKO win over Rodrigues at the 1:07 mark of the second round. Jackson will face a stiff test in his second round bout in Almaty, taking on reigning World Champion and the top ranked flyweight in the world, Andrew Selby of Wales on Friday.
Lightweight Kenneth Sims, Jr. (Chicago, Ill.) and light welterweight Jose Alday (Odessa, Texas) will both compete in Tuesday’s World Championships action in Almaty. Alday will take the ring first in the sixth bout of the afternoon session for a contest with Guinea’s Mamadov Keita at approximately 1:30 a.m. ET (3:30 p.m. local time). Sims will challenge Sri Lanka’s Sisira Gedara in the fourth bout of the evening session with his contest beginning at approximately 6 a.m. ET (8 p.m. local time).
Over 450 boxers from 100 nations are competing in the 2013 Elite Men’s World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan with preliminary round action running through October 22. Quarterfinal competition will take place on October 23 followed by a rest day for all competitors on October 24. Semifinal round action will be contested on October 25 and the event will conclude with championship round bouts in all 10 weight divisions on October 26.
The Elite Men’s World Championships take place every two years and the 2013 edition is the first since the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Live scoring for the event can be found on the AIBA website at www.aiba.org.
Ed Rivas (San Antonio, Texas), Kenneth Sims, Sr. (Chicago, Ill.), Kevin Benford (Cincinnati, Ohio), Edward “Mike” Murphy (Port Jeff Station, N.Y.), Jose Alday, Sr. (Odessa, Texas), and Todd Harlib (Cape Coral, Fla.) are serving as the staff for the event with Dr. Tony Al-Amin (Philadelphia, Pa.) working as the Team Physician.
114 lbs: Malik Jackson, Washington, D.C./USA won a second round TKO over Vilvaldo Rodrigues, ANG, TKO-2 (1:07)