(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Team USA’s junior men earned four preliminary victories on Monday at the 2015 Junior World Boxing Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia. Flyweight Rey Diaz (N. Las Vegas, Nev.), featherweight Gabriel Flores (Stockton, Calif.) and light heavyweight Jared Anderson (Toledo, Ohio) advanced to the quarterfinal round with Monday victories while lightweight Harley Mederos (Brooklyn, N.Y.) won his tournament opener to move on to the second round.
Mederos faced off with India’s Karan on Monday afternoon action at the Sibur Arena and he kicked off his first world championships with a 3-0 decision in the lightweight division.
Diaz opened the day’s evening action in a match-up with Ireland’s Joseph Nevin in flyweight preliminary competition. He earned a berth in the quarterfinals with a split decision win over Nevin in his second bout of the tournament. Flores put on a dominant performance in his featherweight contest with Sweden’s Roberto Bengtsson, taking a 3-0 win en route to a spot in the quarterfinal round. Anderson recorded the fourth U.S. victory of the day in light heavyweight action. He won a first round knockout over Croatia’s Ivan Steko at the :28 mark of the opening stanza to move on to quarterfinal action.
Two American boxers dropped their preliminary round bouts on Monday in St. Petersburg. Light bantamweight Otha Jones (Toledo, Ohio) dropped a 3-0 bout to England’s Charles Frankham and light middleweight Joey Spencer (Linden, Mich.) lost a unanimous decision to Russia’s Artem Oganesian.
Five American boxers will compete in Tuesday’s preliminary competition. Mederos will return for his second bout in as many days in a match-up with England’s Mark Dickinson. Two U.S. athletes will face host nation foes as pinweight Jesse Rodriguez (San Antonio, Texas) battles Russia’s Nikita Golovkin and bantamweight Marc Castro (Fresno, Calif.) faces Russia’s Pavel Riasnyi. Light flyweight Angel Martinez (Rockford, Ill.) will take on Criz Sander Laurente of the Philippines in his second bout of the tournament. Light welterweight Leon Lawson III (Flint, Mich.) and heavyweight Richard Torrez (Tulare, Calif.) will return to the ring after an extended break, facing Tajikistan’s Fozil Radzhabaliev and Moldova’s Tudor Grisman respectively.
110 lbs: Rey Diaz, N. Las Vegas, Nev./USA dec. Joseph Nevin, IRL, 2-1
114 lbs: Charles Frankham, ENG, dec. Otha Jones, Toledo, Ohio/USA, 3-0
125 lbs: Gabriel Flores, Stockton, Calif./USA dec. Rpbert Bemgtsson, SWE, 3-0
132 lbs: Harley Mederos, Brooklyn, N.Y./USA dec. Karan, IND, 3-0
154 lbs: Artem Oganesian, RUS, dec. Joey Spencer, Linden, Mich./USA, 3-0
178 lbs: Jared Anderson, Toledo, Ohio/USA won on knockout over Ivan Steko, CRO, KO-1 (:28)
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).