(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Three American boxers made their tournament debuts on Wednesday at the Leszek Drogosz Memorial Tournament in Kielce, Poland. Light flyweight Joshua Franco (San Antonio, Texas) and bantamweight Ja’Rico O’Quinn (Detroit, Mich.) each won unanimous decisions while light heavyweight Jasper McCargo (Oakland, Calif.) lost a close bout in the light heavyweight division. Super heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) was the lone U.S. boxer to compete two days in a row and he made it two straight wins with a victory in his quarterfinal contest.
Despite being one of the least internationally experienced boxers on the U.S. squad, Franco opened the day with an impressive performance in his bout with Israel’s David Alevarian. Franco boxed his way to a 3-0 victory over Alevarian in the light flyweight semifinal contest. As the match-up was a semifinal bout, he will now prepare to compete for gold.
O’Quinn hasn’t enjoyed the international success he’d hoped this year, but he ended that drought in his semifinal bout on Wednesday. O’Rico won a unanimous decision over Ireland’s Gary McKenna in the bantamweight division to earn his championship bout berth.
Awesome returned to the ring in a match-up with Brazil’s Cosme Nascimento in super heavyweight competition. Once again, he won a unanimous decision victory to advance on to the semifinal round. He will enjoy an off day on Thursday before returning to action in the semifinals.
McCargo faced off in a closely contested bout with Ukraine’s Andriy Danylevych in his tournament opener on Wednesday. The American boxer fell by split decision to the Ukrainian, eliminating him from the tournament.
Thursday’s action will once again feature four American boxers with lightweight Genaro Gamez (San Diego, Calif.), welterweight Jose Alday, Jr. (Odessa, Texas), middleweight Le’Shawn Rodriquez (Shirley, N.Y.) and heavyweight Joshua Temple (St. Louis, Mo.) all returning to the ring. Gamez will face host nation boxer Adil Aslanov of Poland in quarterfinal competition on Thursday with Rodriquez battling Ireland’s Michael O’Reilly in his quarterfinal bout. Alday and Temple with both compete in semifinal action on Thursday, taking on Poland’s Damian Falecki and Seyda Keser of Turkey respectively.
Wednesday’s U.S. Results
108 lbs: Joshua Franco, San Antonio, Texas/USA dec. David Alevarian, ISR, 3-0
123 lbs: Ja’Rico O’Quinn, Detroit, Mich./USA dec. Gary McKenna, IRE, 3-0
178 lbs: Andriy Danylevych, UKR, dec. Jasper McCargo, Oakland, Calif./USA
201+ lbs: Cam F. Awesome, Lenexa, Kansas/USA dec. Cosme Nascimento, BRA, 3-0
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).