(MOBILE, ALA.) – The 42nd annual USA Boxing National Junior Olympic National Championships opened tournament action on Wednesday with two preliminary round sessions at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center in Mobile, Ala.
Forty-eight preliminary round bouts in 11 weight divisions kicked off the 2013 event, which is returning to Mobile for the third straight year. Returning champion Ruben Villa (Salinas, Calif.) took the first step toward his second straight Junior Olympic title with a victory in the opening session. Villa defeated Noah Contreras (Mohabe, Ariz.) by unanimous decision to advance on to the quarterfinal round where he will face Eli Trujillo (Rawlins, Wyo.). On the opposite side of the bracket, Junior World Team Open champion Devin Haney (Las Vegas, Nev.) claimed his first victory of the event with a 3-0 win over Nikita Ababiy (Brooklyn, N.Y.) in their bantamweight contest. Haney moves on to a quarterfinal match-up with Duke Ragen (Cincinnati, Ohio).
Two more former members of Team USA earned first round victories in the opening session of action at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center. Junior World Team Open champion Keoni Adric, Jr. (Haleima, Hawaii) entered the Junior Olympic National Championships fresh off a silver medal at the Victory Day Tournament in Ukraine. He enjoyed success on Wednesday as well, winning a 2-1 decision over Antonio Williams (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). Adric will face Michael Rivera (Houston, Texas) in quarterfinal competition tomorrow.
2012 Veles Cup tournament representative Manjaro Hills, Jr. (Baker, La.) competed in one of the most entertaining bouts of the opening day in middleweight action. Hills faced off with Darion Green (St. Louis, Mo.), who is competing in Mobile alongside his twin brother, Darius, in first round action. The two traded standing eight counts in the action packed contest with Hills taking a 2-1 split division to advance to Thursday’s action. He will take on Kashif Muhammad Brown, Jr. (Washington DC) in the quarterfinal round.
The evening session showcased the first female bouts of the tournament with two women’s flyweight bouts being contested in the night’s action. Kristy Rodriguez (Naperville, Ill.) put an early end to her bout with Monae Ward (St. Louis, Mo.), taking a TKO win to move to the semifinals where she will battle Angie Ornelas (Beaverton, Ore.).
Featherweight Michael Nelson (Mansfield, Ohio) concluded an undefeated day for his Junior World Open squad, winning a unanimous decision over Drayden Maes (Rawlins, Wyo.) in first round competition. The win moves Nelson on to a quarterfinal match-up with Garrett Rincon (Anaheim, Calif.) on Thursday.
2012 Veles Cup team member Edgar Berlanga (Brooklyn, N.Y.) competed in one of the final bouts of the first day of action in Mobile. Berlanga won a unanimous decision over Jose Burgos (Johnson City, Tenn.) in his first contest of the 2013 event to advance to tomorrow’s quarterfinal round where he will face Michaiah Soares (Kaunakakai, Hawaii).
Action will resume at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center on Thursday with 57 quarterfinal bouts as the nation’s top 15 and 16-year-old boxers vie for a spot in the medal round. All of Thursday’s quarterfinal bout sheets are attached.
Wednesday, June 26
6 p.m. session
106 lbs/male: Derek Ochoa, Sanger, Calif., dec. Desmond Jarmon II, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2-1
114 lbs/male: Sergio Bolonos, Sivler Springs, Md., won on tiebreaker over Alejandro Jimenez, Smyrna, Tenn., TB
114 lbs/male: Darren Cunningham, St. Louis, Mo., dec. William Young, Pittsburg, Calif., 3-0
114 lbs/male: Marco Diaz, Palm Bay, Fla., won on TKO over Francisco Aguilar, Milwaukee, Wis., TKO-2 (1:45)
114 lbs/male: Dominic Serna, Indio, Calif., dec. Isaiah Tafoya, Cheyenne, Wyo., 3-0
114 lbs/female: Odalys Camacho, Bakersfield, Calif., dec. Maday Ybarra, Midland, Texas, 3-0
114 lbs/female: Kristy Rodriguez, Naperville, Ill., won on TKO over Monae Ward, St. Louis, Mo., TKO
125 lbs/male: Isidro Ochoa, Fresno, Calif.. dec. Colt Dante, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2-1
125 lbs/male: Gage Campbell, Wauseon, Ohio dec. Henry Garcia, Milwaukee, Wis., 3-0
125 lbs/male: Steven Galeano, Bronx, N.Y., dec. Treyvon Bonnet, Lafayette, La., 2-1
125 lbs/male: Edward Ceballos, Youngstown, Ariz., dec. Julio Luna, Oklahoma City, Okla., 2-1
125 lbs/male: Gonzalo Rodriguez, Edinburg, Texas, dec. Teofimo Lopez, Davie, Fla., 3-0
125 lbs/male: Michael Nelson, Mansfield, Ohio, dec. Drayden Maes, Rawlins, Wyo., 3-0
138 lbs/male: Eben Vargas, Phoenix, Ariz., dec. Tireak Sinegal, Lafayette, La., 3-0
138 lbs/male: Emiliano Gutierrez, Milwaukee, Wis., dec. Joseph Rivera, Houston, Texas, 3-0
138 lbs/male: Mark Dawson, Philadelphia, Pa., dec. Kadeem Anderson, Detroit, Mich., 2-1
138 lbs/male: Wrylee Padilla, Rock Springs, Wyo., dec. Joseph Murrietta, Selma, Calif., 2-1
138 lbs/male: Money Powell, Columbus, Ga., dec. Sergio Mamone, Jr., Hilo, Hawaii, 3-0
138 lbs/male: Mykquan Williams, Hartford, Conn., dec. Ruben Torres, Whittier, Calif., 3-0
154 lbs/male: Edgar Berlanga, Brooklyn, N.Y., dec. Jose Burgos, Johnson City, Tenn., 3-0
154 lbs/male: Jose Pena, Houston, Texas, dec. Akeem Mayle, Zanesville, Ohio, 3-0
154 lbs/male: Ferdinand Kerobyan, N. Hollywood, Calif., dec. Jake Baca, Pueblo, Colo., 3-0
154 lbs/male: Amisael Jimenez, Sacramento, Calif., dec. Trini Brown Eyes, Rapid City, S.D., 3-0
176 lbs/male: Wahzir Beyar, Hyannis, Mass., dec. Joshua Jay Juarez, Laredo, Texas, 2-1
11 a.m. session
101 lbs/male: Slade Corvin, Chattanooga, Tenn., dec. Geovany Santiago, Los Angeles, Calif., 2-1
101 lbs/male: Kawelo Alcos, Wapahu, Hawaii, dec. Jairo Perez, Casper, Wyo., 3-0
101 lbs/male: Basel Nasser, Dearborn Heights, Mich., dec. Fernardo Martinez, Phoenix, Ariz., 2-1
101 lbs/male: Ivan Varela, Lindsay, Calif., dec. Desmond Lyons, Augusta, Ga., 3-0
110 lbs/male: Keeshawn Williams, Washington DC dec. DeChaun Blount, Baton Rouge, La., 3-0
110 lbs/male: Bruce Carrington, Brooklyn, N.Y., won on walkover over Trequanm Whitley, Red Springs, N.C., W/O
110 lbs/male: Dylan Price, Sicklerville, N.J., won on TKO over Christopher Rodriguez, McAllen, Texas, TKO-3
110 lbs/male: Aaron Morales, Eutaula, Okla., dec. Jonathan Zavala, Greeley, Colo., 3-0
110 lbs/male: Dustin Somera, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Noah Kapner, Gravette, Ark., 2-1
119 lbs/male: Devin Haney, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Nikita Ababiy, Brooklyn, N.Y., 3-0
119 lbs/male: Ruben Villa, Salinas, Calif., dec. Noah Contreras, Mohabe, Ariz., 3-0
119 lbs/male: Mack Allison, Baltimore, Md., dec. Kennan Glaude, Lafayette La., 2-1
132 lbs/male: Andreas Ladd, Toledo, Ohio, dec. Bobby Reay, Rock Springs, Wyo., 3-0
132 lbs/male: Keoni Adric, Jr., Haleima, Hawaii, dec. Antonio Williams, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 2-1
132 lbs/male: Josue Vargas, Bronx, N.Y., dec. Theopolis Stewart, St. Louis, Mo., 3-0
132 lbs/male: Charlie Sheehy, Brisbane, Calif., dec. Tyshaun Wilson, Norfolk, Va., 3-0
132 lbs/male: Jonathan Jarabek, Brighton, Colo., dec. Devontai Benoit, Lafayette, La., 3-0
145 lbs/male: Charles Conwell, Cleveland Heights, Ohio dec. Shaden White, Chesapeake, Ohio, 3-0
145 lbs/male: Angel Rios, Sacramento, Calif., dec. Christopher Gonzalez, Tucson, Ariz., 2-1
145 lbs/male: Hans Perez, Staten Island, N.Y., dec. Manaba Hunter-Gabriel, Kaunakakai, Hawaii, 3-0
145 lbs/male: Aaron Broussard, Lake Charles, La., dec. Antonio Madkimetas, Shewano, Wis., 2-1
145 lbs/male: Christian Rivera, Orlando, Fla., dec. Luis Angel Enriquez, San Diego, Calif., 2-1
165 lbs/male: Manjaro Hills, Jr., Baker, La., dec. Darion Green, St. Louis, Mo., 2-1
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