Team USA to Close the 2009 International Calendar with the World Cup of Petroleum Countries

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – A squad of the United States’ top amateur boxers will close 2009 international competition at the World Cup of Petroleum Countries, December 17-20 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Eight boxers will represent the United States in the international event, which will showcase elite competitors from 11 countries..

Six reigning national champions will compete in the event with flyweight Louie Byrd (Denver, Colo.), lightweight Duran Caferro (Helena, Mont.), welterweight Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas), middleweight Terrell Gausha (Cleveland, Ohio), light heavyweight Robert Brant (Oakdale, Minn.), and heavyweight Jordan Shimmell (Hudsonville, Mich.) all representing the United States. Bantamweight Adam Lopez (San Antonio, Texas) and super heavyweight Javier Torres (Commerce, Calif.) will round out the U.S. roster.

The team will be led into action by coaches Tom Moraetes (Augusta, Ga.), Robert Luna (Commerce, Calif.), and Edward Rivas (San Antonio, Texas). Ted Palac (Hamtramck, Mich., will work as the Team Manager with Randy Richard (Opelousas, La.) serving as the AIBA Official and Dr. George Palmer (Scottsdale, Ariz.) joining the squad as the Team Physician.

Preliminary competition will begin on December 17, semifinal action being contested on December 19 and final round boxing taking place on December 20. The event will be the final competition of 2009 for the United States.

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). It is responsible for the selection and management of the United States Olympic Boxing Team, and for the governance and oversight of USA Boxing’s national organization of 38,000 members, 1,400 individual boxing clubs, and 1,600 sanctioned events annually.