(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – With the opening bell of the 2014 Junior and Youth Open in Reno, Nev., just days away the event roster is bursting with talented athletes across all four tournament divisions. The highly competitive list of athletes includes three reigning junior world champions, three world championships medalists and 31 national titlists. All of the event competitors are determined to claim a spot on the international traveling squad for 2014, ensuring that the week of competition will be fierce.
Sixteen-year-old Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.) headlines the list of athletes vying for gold in Reno. The teenager enjoyed an exciting 2013, which included not only two national titles, a junior world championship and AIBA Junior Male Boxer of the Year award, but also an appearance on Katie Couric’s daytime show, “Katie.” Yet all of his success last year has only strengthened Stevenson’s resolve to retain his crown in 2014.
In women’s action, two southern California boxers claimed junior world titles in 2013. Caitlin Orosco (Anaheim, Calif.) and JaJaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) each won gold medals in the inaugural Women’s Junior and Youth World Championships last year and the pair is back to add another title to their resumes. They’ve enjoyed the opportunity to train and compete with historic athletes as well. 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) won the third U.S. gold medal of the event alongside her younger counterparts, and they’ve been training with 2012 Olympians Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) over the past two weeks.
Reigning champion Daniel Gonzalez (Moreno Valley, Calif.) was the one of the youngest titlists from the 2013 event, but that didn’t stop him from winning international hardware for Team USA. Gonzalez earned a silver medal in the light flyweight division in his first World Championships and has moved in to Stevenson’s old weight class in 2014.
Two bronze medalists from the 2013 Junior and Youth Women’s World Championships are competing for gold at the 2014 Junior and Youth Open. Youth flyweight Marisol Lopez (Stratford, Calif.) is competing in the event for the first time after claiming gold at the 2013 USA Boxing Youth National Championships. She went on to win bronze in World Championships action and will compete in one of the deepest weight divisions in the tournament in Reno. Reigning champion Iesha Kenney (Alexandria, Va.) is moving up to the youth division in 2014 and is hoping to duplicate her 2013 accomplishments, which included two national titles as well as a bronze medal in world championships action.
In addition to the seven world championships medalists, more than 30 reigning champions from the 2013 Junior Open, USA Boxing Youth National Championships and Junior Olympic National Championships are registered to compete in the 2014 Junior and Youth Open. All of the national champions can be found in the full list of registered athletes below.
Due to the major winter storms hitting various parts of the United States, tournament action will now begin on Tuesday, January 7. Preliminary competition will continue through Thursday, January 9. Semifinal round action will take place in two sessions at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., on Friday, January 10 prior to Saturday’s championship bouts, which will begin at 5 p.m. All of the tournament sessions will take place in the Grand Sierra Resort’s Reno ballroom.
USA Boxing’s junior and youth programs are critical to the organization’s developmental pipeline and have consistently produced Olympians and World Champions, including the United States’ last two Olympic gold medalists Andre Ward (2004) and Claressa Shields (2012).
2014 Junior and Youth Open Registered Athletes List
Lina Licona, Westminster, Calif.
Hillary Perez, Arlington, Texas
Mia Valadez, Los Angeles, Calif.
Ashley Perez, Sparks, Nev. (2013 Junior Open Champion)
Mydia Alonso, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Oliva Hendrickson, Waterford, Wis.
Angie Ornelas, Beaverton, Ore.
Yarisel Ramirez, Las Vegas, Nev.
Juanita Chavez, Racine, Wis.
Lesly Soria, Los Angeles, Calif.
Diana Estrada, Hillsboro, Ore.
Kaely Perez, Victoria, Texas
Tayahhah Stewart, Ozark, Ala.
Samantha Torres, Las Vegas, Nev.
Jessica Galvez, Sparks, Nev. (2013 Junior Open Champion)
Lupe Gutierrez, Sacramento, Calif.
Audrey Morris, Fairview, Texas
Sarah Abernathy, Hokes Bluff, Ala.
Gabriela Gallegos, Los Angeles, Calif.
Mikayala Johnnson, Tacoma, Wash.
Kawelo Alcos, Waipahu, Hawaii
Kelii Alcos, Lihue, Hawaii
Karim Cuevas, Tolleson, Ariz.
Keyshawn Davis, Norfolk, Va.
Jessie Mandapat, Anaheim, Calif.
Jacob Marquez, Bakersfield, Calif.
Christian Palos, Bellevue, Neb.
Jovany Carrillo, Dallas, Texas
Alejandro Dominguez, Phoenix, Ariz.
Fernando Martinez, Phoenix, Ariz.
Joe Angel Martinez, Victoria, Texas
Szel Martinez, Nyssa, Ore.
Dylan Price, Sicklerville, N.J. (2013 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Emanuel Rojas, Fallon, Nev.
Josue Rosa, Philadelphia, Pa.
Treston Domingo, Aiea, Hawaii
Jose Guevara, Nampa, Idaho
David Marfil, Sparks, Nev.
Allen Medina, Fresno, Calif.
Marquez Rhodes, Holbrook, N.Y.
Ruben Robles, Los Angeles, Calif.
Freudis Rojas, Fallon, Nev.
Nicholas Sullivan, Portsmouth, Va.
Thomas Wu, Arcadia, Calif.
Joseph Cuellar, Tulare, Calif.
Andres Gaytan, Phoenix, Ariz.
Daniel Gonzalez, Moreno Valley, Calif. (2013 Junior Open Champion and Junior World Championships silver medalist)
Derek Ochoa, Sanger, Calif.
Dominic Serna, Indio, Calif.
Maday Yvarra, Midland, Texas
Jonathan Zavala, Greeley, Colo.
Joseph Adorno, Allentown, Pa.
Zachery Bartrum, Huntington, W. Va.
Blake Brown, Sperry, Okla.
Luis Coria, Coachella, Calif.
Wesley Diana, Las Vegas, Nev.
Sergio Madrid, Santa Cruz, N.M.
Victor Morales, Vancouver, Wash.
Adan Ochoa, Downey, Calif.
Gabriel Quijada, Phoenix, Ariz.
Christopher Ramirez, Salt Lake City, Utah
Adolfo Alanis, Edinburg, Texas
Ameer Brown, Upper Marlboro, Md.
Nicholas Bueno, Tulare, Calif.
Fabian Camarena, Las Vegas, Nev.
Alejandro Campa, Phoenix, Ariz.
Joseph Garcia, Los Angeles, Calif.
Nathan Gonzales, Palmdale, Calif.
Alejandro Guerrero, Irving, Texas
Devin Haney, Las Vegas, Nev. (2013 Junior Olympic Champion)
Jose Montoya, Nampa, Idaho
Evan Sanchez, Parlier, Calif. (2013 Junior Open Champion)
Christian Torres, Denver, Colo.
Logan Yoon, Honolulu, Hawaii
Neketa Ababiy, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Kenny Coronel, Los Angeles, Calif.
Alfredo Escarcega, Avondale, Ariz.
Steven Galeano, Bronx, N.Y.
Brandon Idrogo, Ellenville, N.Y.
Noel Temores, Gilroy, Calif.
Brandon Vega, Cleveland, Ohio
Troy Isley, Alexandria, Va.
Jonathan Reyes, Farmington, N.M.
Christopher Gann, St. Joseph, Mo.
Gilbert Pesina, Houston, Texas
Money Powell, Fort Mitchell, Ala.
Manuel Rodriguez, Indio, Calif.
Amisael Jimenez, Sacramento, Calif.
Bryer Nagahama, Pearl City, Hawaii
Akeem Mayle, Zanesville, Ohio
Mario Hernandez, Sparks, Nev.
Zachary Jones, Waipahu, Hawaii
Kashif Muhammad-Brown, Upper Marlboro, Md.
C.B. Shannon, Collinsville, Okla.
Roland Lemus, Los Angeles, Calif.
Suray Mahmutovic, Daly City, Calif. (2013 Junior Open Champion)
Richard Torrez, Tulare, Calif.
Kristyn Juarez, Los Angeles, Calif. (2013 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Juliette LaDisa, Bronx, N.Y. (2013 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Kimberly Mazariegos, San Leandro, Calif.
Genessis Suarez, Detroit, Mich.
Monica Suazo, Tucson, Ariz.
Arlene Villalobos, Whittier, Calif.
Nysja Barrientes, Las Vegas, Nev. (2013 Junior Open Champion)
Odalys Camacho, Bakersfield, Calif. (2013 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Kristen Leija-Lares, San Antonio, Texas
Marisol Lopez, Stratford, Calif. (2013 USA Boxing Youth Champion)
Caitlin Orosco, Anaheim, Calif. (2013 Junior World Champion, Junior Open & Junior Olympic Champion)
Karina Sarabia, El Monte, Calif.
Cilalli Alvarez, Lincoln Park, Mich.
Iris Contreras, Corte Madera, Calif.
Melody Montes, Kissimmee, Fla.
Robianne Rivera, Houston, Texas
Brenda Roman, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jessica Alvarez, Lincoln Park, Mich.
Karina Nahe, Antioch, Calif.
Cynthia Arellano, Phoenix, Ariz.
Ariel Arismendez, Tolleson, Ariz.
Anna Crutchfield, Travelers Rest, S.C. (2013 Junior Olympic Champion)
Jajaira Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif. (2013 Junior World Champion and Junior Open Champion)
Chasity Martin, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Iesha Kenney, Alexandria, Va. (2013 Junior Open and Junior Olympic Champion and Junior World Championships bronze medalist)
Martha Fabela, Oakland, Calif.
Kristopher Alcos, Lihue, Hawaii
Thomas Blumenfeld, Albany, N.Y.
Kevin Carbajal, Cashion, Ariz.
Christian Carto, Deptford, N.J.
Cory Conner, Las Vegas, Nev.
Luis Delgado, San Antonio, Texas
Nico Hernandez, Wichita, Kansas
Desmond Jarmon, Cincinnati, Ohio
Shon Mondragon, Commerce City, Colo.
Aaron Perez, Albuquerque, N.M. (2013 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Pablo Ramirez, Weslaco, Texas
Edward Rojas, Lakewood, Wash.
Saul Sanchez, North Hollywood, Calif.
Geovany Santiago, Los Angeles, Calif.
Adrian Servin, Phoenix, Ariz.
Jordan White, Landover, Md. (2013 Junior Open Champion)
Evander Agustin, Santa Maria, Calif.
Tyrone Arzeno, Allentown, Pa.
Eric Barron, Long Beach, Calif.
Bruce Carrington, Brooklyn, N.Y. J
Justin Dwight Dampac, Lynwood, Wash.
Brandon Figueroa, Weslaco, Texas
John Franco, Odessa, Texas
Robert Garcia, Litchfield, Ariz.
Timothy Longoria, Palacios, Texas
Christopher Martinez, Ft. Worth, Texas
Lawrence Newton, Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Dustin Somera, Las Vegas, Nev.
Shakur Stevenson, Newark, N.J. (2013 Junior World Champion, Junior Open Champion, Junior Olympic Champion and AIBA Junior Male Boxer of the Year)
Andrew Strode, Denver, Colo.
Arnold Alejandro, Grand Prairie, Texas
Gabriel Azua, Galt, Calif.
Carlos Balderas, Santa Maria, Calif.
Jorge Castaneda, Laredo, Texas
Edward Ceballos, Youngtown, Ariz.
Cesar Diaz, Palmdale, Calif.
Eliseo Duran, Las Vegas, Nev.
Michael Dutchover, Midland, Texas
Raul Estrada, Aloha, Ore.
Rudy Garcia, Los Angeles, Calif.
Jose Gomez, Huntington Park, Calif.
Irvin Gonzalez, Worcester, Mass.
Humberto Guillen. Reno, Nev.
Tyler Herberger, San Diego, Calif.
Nasir Jones, Philadelphia, Pa.
Efren Lopez, Fresno, Calif.
Francisco Martinez, Dallas, Texas
Isidro Ochoa, Fresno, Calif. (2013 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Elijah Pierce, Lawrenceville, Ga.
Jacob Ponce, Phoenix, Ariz.
Alex Rodriguez, Sparks, Nev.
Gonzalo Rodriguez, Edinburg,
Texas Pablo Rubio, Whittier, Calif.
Hector Tanajara, San Antonio, Texas
Antonio Williams, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Raul Anaya, Mesa, Ariz.
Miguel Banda, Houston, Texas
Andres Cortes, Henderson, Nev.
Kelvin Davis, Norfolk, Va.
Rayvon Drayton, Washington DC
Eric Estrada, Hillsboro, Ore.
Eduardo Garcia, Houston, Texas
Zachary Hunter, Fountain, Colo.
Rosino Legan, Gilroy, Calif.
Teofimo Lopez, Davie, Fla.
Xavier Martinez, Sacramento, Calif.
Michael Nelson, Mansfield, Ohio (2013 Junior Open Champion)
Jamaine Ortiz-Rodriguez, Worcester, Mass.
Jonathan Rodriguez, McKinney, Texas
Omar Samano, Surprise, Ariz.
Daniel Silva Ayala, Sparks, Nev.
George Vargas, Mesquite, Texas
Jesse Villareal, Milwaukee, Wis.
Keoni Adric, Haleiwa, Hawaii (2013 Junior Open and Junior Olympic National Champion)
Henry Allen, Wilson, La.
Jose Barrera, Mesa, Ariz.
Christian Bermudez, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Mark Dawson, Philadelphia, Pa. (2013 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Ali Fakhriddine, San Diego, Calif.
Sebastian Fundora, Coachella, Calif.
Emiliano Gutierrez, Milwaukee, Wis.
Brandon Haddad, Lancaster, Pa.
Richardson Hitchins, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Jonathan Jarabek, Brighton, Colo.
Issac Lujan, Las Vegas, Nev.
Ector Madera, Stockton, Calif.
Hunter-Gabriel Manaba, Kaunakakai, Hawaii
Arturo Marquez, Houston, Texas
Alexis Martinez, Dallas, Texas
Jonathan Navarro, Los Angeles, Calif.
Adan Reyes, Farmington, N.M.
Joseph Rivera, Houston, Texas
Jeremy Saldana, Newark, N.J.
Christopher Sanchez, Houston, Texas
Trea Talton, Reno, Nev.
Brandon Trejo, Napa, Calif. (2013 Junior Open Champion)
Eben Vargas, Mesa, Ariz.
Cody Woslager, Helena, Mont.
Fabian Alvarado, Irving, Texas
Jerick Bagay, Pearl City, Hawaii
Edgar Berlanga, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Marcus Davidson, Kansas City, Kansas
Javier Estrada, Palmdale, Calif. (2013 Junior Open Champion)
Hussein Fakhreddine, San Diego, Calif.
Armando Gaytan, Phoenix, Ariz.
Robby Gonzales, Sylmar, Calif.
Christopher Gonzalez, Tucson, Ariz.
John Harris, Deer Park, N.Y.
Ferdinando Kerobyan, North Hollywood, Calif. (2013 Junior Olympic Champion)
Anthony Lerma-Ruelas, Jamesville, Wis.
Armani Mephall, Newark, N.J.
Eriberto Moreno, Phoenix, Ariz.
Charles Naone, Waianae, Hawaii
Hans Perez, Staten Island, N.Y.
Alexis Rocha, Santa Ana, Calif.
David Rodriguez, Hialeah, Fla.
Zakery Rollins, Zanesville, Ohio
Michaiah Soares, Kaunakakai, Hawaii
Kevin Torres, Bellingham, Wash.
Jovani Valenzuela, Phoenix, Ariz.
Gilbert Vasquez, Brownfield, Texas
John Williams, Baton Rouge, La.
Charles Conwell, Cleveland, Ohio (2013 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Ricky Frausto, Santa Ana, Calif.
Abel Gonzalez, Hialeah Gardens, Fla.
Manjaro Hills, Baker, La.
Aaron Katzman, Menlo Park, Calif.
Nathan Kinsman, Casper, Wyo.
Adolfo Mendoza, Conroe, Texas
Eric Murguia, Mission Hills, Calif. (2013 Junior Open Champion)
Jazavian Palmer, Lubbock, Texas
Jordan Panthen, Kapolei, Hawaii
Luis Perea, Adkins, Texas
Sergio Flores, Kansas City, Kansas (2013 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Joey Gonzalez, Watsonville, Calif.
Bobby Harris, Worcester, Mass.
Matthew Hernandez, San Antonio, Texas
Lester Iglesias, Houston, Texas
Joshua Juarez, Laredo, Texas
Sharif Rahman, Las Vegas, Nev.
Furqan Raschke, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Kai Webb, Mesquite, Texas
Tiofilo Bueno, Tulare, Calif.
Matthew Mollet, Port Orchard, Wash.
Taifer Riguad, Arlington, Mass. (2013 Junior Olympic National Champion)
John Luna, Milwaukee, Wis. (2013 USA Boxing Youth Champion)
Ricky Pina, Boston, Mass.
Darmani Rock, Philadelphia, Pa.
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).