USA Boxing Clinches 10 Medals on Final Day of Quarterfinals at 2019 Pan American Games

Team USA continued its winning ways with four more victories yesterday in the third and final day of quarterfinal bouts in Lima, Peru at the 2019 Pan American Games, clinching 10 medals for USA Boxing.

Lightweight Rashida Ellis (Lynn, Mass.) picked up the first win for Team USA by taking three of the five judges’ cards over Krisandy Rios of Venezuela to advance to the medal rounds in the first session of today, while teammate Keyshawn Davis (Norfolk, Va.) will have to wait another day to make his Pan American Games debut following a walkover win over Luis Arcon of Venezuela.

2017 World Championship silver medalists Duke Ragan (Cincinnati, Ohio) kicked off the second session of the day, facing hometown boxer Jorvi Farronan of Peru. Ragan kept his composure with a loud crowd cheering for his opponent to take all five judges’ cards to clinch his spot in tomorrow’s semifinals.

Ragan’s 2017 World Championship teammate and bronze medalists Troy Isley (Alexandria, Va.) closed out the day with a 3-2 victory over Jorge Vivas of Colombia. Isley’s win moved Team USA to 10 medals, their best performance since the 1983 Pan American Team that won 11 out of 12 medals.
Tomorrow’s semifinal sessions will be a busy day for Team USA, as all 10 boxers will compete in the two sessions, looking to improve their bronze medals to a silver or gold with winning performances.

Results
56 kg: Duke Ragan, Cincinnati, Ohio/USA, dec. over Jorvi Farronan/PER, 5-0
60 kg: Rashida Ellis, Lynn, Mass./USA, vs. Krisandy Rios/VEN, 3-2
64 kg: Keyshawn Davis, Norfolk, Va./USA, won by walkover over Luis Arcon/VEN, WO
75 kg: Troy Isley, Alexandria, Va./USA, dec. over Jorge Vivas/COL, 3-2

Semifinals Schedule
51 kg: Virginia Fuchs, Houston, Texas/USA, vs. I. Rojas Cardozo/VEN
56 kg: Duke Ragan, Cincinnati, Ohio/USA, vs. Lucas Alexander Fernandez/URU
57 kg: Yarisel Ramirez, Las Vegas, Nev./USA, vs. Jucielen Cerqueira Romeu/BRA
60 kg: Rashida Ellis, Lynn, Mass./USA, vs. B. Ferreira Soares/BRA
64 kg: Keyshawn Davis, Norfolk, Va./USA, vs. Michael Alexander/TTO
64 kg: Oshae Jones, Toledo, Ohio/USA, vs. M. Moronta Hernand/DOM
69 kg: Delante Johnson, Cleveland, Ohio/USA, vs. Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo/CUB
75 kg: Naomi Graham, Colorado Springs, Colo. vs. Flavia Tereza Figueiredo/BRA
75 kg: Troy Isley, Alexandria, Va./USA, vs. Herbert Carvalho Da Conceic/BRA
91+ kg: Richard Torrez Jr., Tulare, Calif./USA, vs. Justiz Pero/CUB

Team USA puts on dominating performance on second day of 2019 Pan-American Games

All three members of Team USA put on dominating performances on the second day (yesterday) of boxing at the 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru, to extend USA Boxing’s record to 6-1.

2016 Youth World Champion and 2019 Pan American Games Qualifier Champion Delante Johnson (Cleveland, Ohio) picked up where Team USA ended last night with his first victory in these championships. Johnson took all five judges’ cards over Colombian Alexander Rangel to advance to Tuesday’s semifinal bouts.

Flyweight and team captain Virginia Fuchs (Houston, Texas) put on a boxing show for the crowd, taking a victory over Costa Rica’s Valeria Cardenas. Fuchs met Cardenas in the finals of the 2019 Pan American Games Qualifier and repeated her 5-0 win in today’s quarterfinals to move on to the medal rounds.

2018 Elite World Championships bronze medalist Naomi Graham’s (Colorado Springs, Colo.) power and jab were too much for Anna Salas, of Mexico, to handle, resulting in a referee stopped contest in the second round. Graham secures her third international medal of the year with this performance and advances to Tuesday’s semifinal round.

The final four members of Team USA will make their Pan American Games debut tomorrow. The four boxers, Keyshawn Davis (Norfolk, Va.), Rashida Ellis (Lynn, Mass.), Troy Isley (Alexandria, Va.) and Duke Ragan (Cincinnati, Ohio), all medaled at the qualifier in April and will be looking for a strong debut in Lima.

Results
51 kg: Virginia Fuchs, Houston, Texas/USA, dec. over Valeria Cardenas/CRC, 5-0
69 kg: Delante Johnson, Cleveland, Ohio/USA, dec. Alexander Rangel/COL, 5-0
75 kg: Naomi Graham, Colorado Springs, Colo./USA, vs. Ana Salas/MEX, RSC2

Day 3 Matchups
56 kg: Duke Ragan, Cincinnati, Ohio/USA, vs. Jorvi Farronan/PER
60 kg: Rashida Ellis, Lynn, Mass./USA, vs. Krisandy Rios/VEN
64 kg: Keyshawn Davis, Norfolk, Va./USA, vs. Luis Arcon/VEN
75 kg: Troy Isley, Alexandria, Va./USA, vs. Jorge Vivas/COL

Team USA Boxing Grabs 3 Wins on First Day of 2019 Pan American Games

Team USA had a successful first day of boxing at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, winning three out of the teams four bouts.

Team captain and super heavyweight Richard Torrez Jr. (Tulare, Calif.) grabbed the first win of the day against the host countries Luis Munoz. Torrez put on a dominating display to take all five judges cards and advance to the semifinal bouts next week, as well as clinch Team USA’s first boxing medal.

Yarisel Ramirez (Las Vegas, Nev.) followed Torrez’s performance with her own impressive Pan American Games debut with an unanimous decision win over El Salvador’s Yamileth Solorzano. Ramirez will look to clinch her spot in her first elite international final in Tuesday’s semifinal matchup.

Toledo, Ohio’s Oshae Jones closed out the first day of boxing with a 5-0 win over Atheyna Bylon of Panama. This marked the third time Jones has faced Bylon this year, taking the series following falling short in April’s Pan American Games Qualifier by split decision.

The fourth American to enter the ring today, Bruce Carrington (Brooklyn, N.Y.), left it all in the ring against Dominican Republics Orlando Martinez, but fell short of taking the judges cards and advancing to the semifinals.

Boxing will continue tomorrow with Team USA’s second team captain Virginia Fuchs (Houston, Texas), Delante Johnson (Cleveland, Ohio) and Naomi Graham (Colorado Springs, Colo.).

Team USA enters the 2019 Pan American Games with 11 boxers under the guidance of National Head Coach Billy Walsh (Colorado Springs, Colo.), National Assistant Coach Kay Koroma (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and assistant coaches Joe Guzman (Fountain, Colo.) and Jeff Mays (San Antonio, Texas).

Results
57 kg: Yarisel Ramirez, Las Vegas, Nev./USA, dec. over Yamileth Solorzano/ESA, 5-0
60 kg: Orlando Martinez/DOM dec. over Bruce Carrington, Brooklyn, N.Y./USA, 5-0
69 kg: Oshae Jones, Toledo, Ohio/USA, dec. over Atheyna Bylon/PAN, 5-0
91+ kg: Richard Torrez Jr., Tulare, Calif./USA, dec. over Luis Munoz/PER, 5-0

The 11 boxers representing Team USA at this year’s Pan American Games in Lima, Peru departed from Colorado Springs, Colo. today following a two-week training camp at the United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Center. A full team roster can be seen below.

First held in 1937, and every four years since 1951, the Pan American Games are a summer sports competition for countries in North, South and Central America. In 2015 in Toronto, more than 6,000 athletes from 41 countries competed in 36 sports. 6,700 athletes are expected to compete in Peru, with Team USA sending a team of 643 total athletes.

USA Boxing is sending a strong and experienced team of 11 boxers – six men and five women – after an impressive performance at the Pan American Games Qualifier in Managua, Nicaragua, where Team USA won four gold, two silver and three bronze medals.

All 11 boxers will be making their Pan American Games debut in Lima, Peru, buoyed by their previous international successes. Team captains Virginia Fuchs and Richard Torrez Jr. will lead Team USA. Fuchs, the 2018 elite world championships flyweight bronze medalist, won gold at the qualifier, while Torrez, the 2019 super heavyweight Strandja Tournament champion, finished with a bronze.

Rashida Ellis, Troy Isley and Delante Johnson will be looking to repeat their gold-medal performances from the qualifier. Isley was the highlight of the qualifier, as he defeated reigning Pan American Games and Olympic Games champion Arlen Lopez of Cuba.

Keyshawn Davis and Oshae Jones are strong contenders and will be looking for redemption after earning Team USA’s silver medals at the qualifier. Rounding out the Pan American Games Qualifier medalists are 2018 elite world championships middleweight bronze medalist Naomi Graham and 2017 elite world championships bantamweight silver medalist Duke Ragan who both earned bronze to punch their ticket to Lima.

Bruce Carrington and Yarisel Ramirez, 2015 junior world championships silver medalist, complete USA Boxing’s contingent for Team USA at the Pan American Games.

USA Boxing will be led by National Head Coach Billy Walsh (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and National Assistant Coach Kay Koroma (Colorado Springs, Colo.), with Joe Guzman (Fountain, Colo.) and Jeff Mays (San Antonio, Texas) as assistant coaches and Jose Polanco (Colorado Springs, Colo.) as the team’s strength and conditioning coach. Other USA Boxing staff traveling to Lima include Team Manager Matt Johnson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Athletic Trainer Kevin Kotsko (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Press Officer Brian Taylor (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Boxing will begin July 27 at the Miguel Grau Coliseum and conclude on August 2. Click here to follow USA Boxing’s progress in Peru, as well as for news and boxer bios, and follow all of Team USA by clicking here: https://www.teamusa.org/lima2019

Team USA Roster:

51 kg: Virginia Fuchs, Houston, Texas
56 kg: Duke Ragan, Cincinnati, Ohio
57 kg: Yarisel Ramirez, Las Vegas, Nev.
60 kg: Bruce Carrington, Brooklyn, N.Y.
60 kg: Rashida Ellis, Lynn, Mass.
64 kg: Keyshawn Davis, Norfolk, Va.
69 kg: Oshae Jones, Toledo, Ohio
69 kg: Delante Johnson, Cleveland, Ohio
75 kg: Naomi Graham, Colorado Springs, Colo.
75 kg: Troy Isley, Alexandria, Va.
91+ kg: Richard Torrez Jr., Tulare, Calif.

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