Over 70 Boxers Earn Preliminary Victories on Wednesday at the Junior and Youth Open
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The second day of the 2014 Junior and Youth Open was the longest of the tournament with 72 bouts of preliminary round action taking place on Wednesday at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev. Several familiar faces highlighted the day’s action with numerous reigning champions stepping through the ropes during the nearly nine hours of competition.
2013 Junior World Champion Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.) took the ring early in the 1 p.m. session, competing in his first bout since claiming a gold medal for the United States in September. He made a smooth transition in to the youth division, winning a unanimous decision victory over familiar foe Tyrone Arzeno (Allentown, Pa.) in the preliminary round contest.
2013 Junior Olympic National Champion Ruben Villa (Salinas, Calif.) took his first step toward a title in the youth division, winning his Wednesday match-up with Rudy Garcia (Los Angeles, Calif.). Villa took a unanimous decision over Garcia to advance to Thursday’s quarterfinal competition.
Fellow Junior Olympic champion Mark Dawson (Philadelphia, Pa.) earned a 3-0 victory in his preliminary contest on Wednesday as well. Dawson’s unanimous decisin in youth light welterweight competition advanced him on to a Thursday match-up with Richardson Hitchins (Brooklyn, N.Y.).
The youth men’s welterweight division is one of the deepest in the tournament with two defending Junior Open titlists and a 2013 Junior Olympic national champion all competing in the stacked weight class. Defending Junior Open welterweight champion Javier Estrada (Palmdale, Calif.) pulled out a split decision victory over 2013 Junior Olympic national championships welterweight silver medalist Hans Perez (Staten Island, N.Y.) in their preliminary round match-up. Fellow 2013 Junior Open Alexis Rocha (Santa Ana, Calif.) didn’t enjoy the same success, dropping his Wednesday contest to Robby Gonzales (Sylmar, Calif.). 2013 Junior Olympic national champion Ferdinand Kerobyan (N. Hollywood, Calif.) and silver medalist Edgar Berlanga (Brooklyn, N.Y.) both took convincing victories on Wednesday to advance on to Thursday’s quarterfinals.
Wednesday’s evening action began with a highly-anticipated showdown between 2013 USA Boxing youth national champion Gilbert Renteria (Houston, Texas) and 2013 Junior Olympic titlist Jordan White (Landover, Md.). The bout was a chess match throughout with each of the boxers looking for the upper hand. At the end of three rounds, Renteria claimed a split decision victory over White to advance on to the quarterfinals.
2013 Junior World Championships silver medalist Daniel Gonzalez (Moreno Valley, Calif.) is one of the few defending champions to remain in the junior division in 2014. He claimed his first victory of the new year with a split decision over Derek Ochoa (Sanger, Calif.) in their light bantamweight contest.
Defending Junior Open titlist Devin Haney (Las Vegas, Nev.) took the ring for his first youth division contest in a featherweight bout with Adolfo Alanis (Edinburg, Texas). He made his debut a successful one, taking a unanimous decision victory.
The victories by Junior Olympic champions continued in the youth men’s division with 2013 welterweight titlist Charles Conwell (Cleveland, Ohio). Conwell moved up two weight classes and an age division for the 2014 Junior and Youth Open but that didn’t deter him from winning a unanimous decision over Aaron Katzman (Menlo Park, Calif.) in Wednesday’s preliminary round action.
Defending Junior Open light heavyweight champion Suray Mahmutovic (Daly City, Calif.) closed a long day of boxing with a dominant victory in his light heavyweight contest. Mahmutovic won a unanimous decision over Mario Hernandez (Sparks, Nev.) to advance on to quarterfinal round competition on Thursday.
2014 Junior and Youth Open competition will continue with one session of action on Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev. Thirty-nine bouts will be contested on Thursday as the women make their 2014 tournament debut.
Several Olympians are in attendance in Reno supporting the young athletes looking to follow in their footsteps. 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and her London teammates Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) and Jose Ramirez (Avenal, Calif.) are all in Reno for the event as well as 1992 Olympian and former professional world champion Raul Marquez.
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).
108 lbs/youth male: Christian Carto, Deptford, N.J., dec. Adrian Servin, Phoenix, Ariz. 3-0
108 lbs/youth male: Gilbert Renteria, Houston, Texas dec. Jordan White, Landover, Md., 2-1
108 lbs/youth male: Aaron Perez, Albuquerque, N.M., dec. Kevin Carbajal, Cashion, Ariz., 3-0
108 lbs/youth male: Pablo Ramirez, Weslaco, Texas, dec. Shon Mondragon, Commerce City, Colo, 3-0
108 lbs/youth male: Thomas Blumenfeld, Albany, N.Y., dec. Cory Conner, Las Vegas, Nev., 3-0
108 lbs/youth male: Geovanny Santiago, Los Angeles, Calif., dec. Desmond Jarmon, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2-1
108 lbs/youth male: Nico Hernandez, Wichita, Kansas won on TKO over Jimmy Martinez, Coachella, Calif., TKO-2
108 lbs/youth male: Saul Sanchez, N. Hollywood, Calif., dec. Edward Rojas, Lakewood, Wash., 3-0
114 lbs/junior male: Daniel Gonzalez, Moreno Valley, Calif., dec. Derek Ochoa, Sanger, Calif.
114 lbs/junior male: David Marfil, Sparks, Nev., dec. Joseph Cuellar, Tulare, Calif., 3-0
132 lbs/youth male: Isidro Ochoa, Fresno, Calif., dec. Miguel Banda, Houston, Texas, 3-0
132 lbs/youth male: Edwardo Garcia, Houston, Texas dec. Humberto Guillen, Reno, Nev., 3-0
132 lbs/youth male: Jamaine Ortiz-Rodriguez, Worcester, Mass., dec. Michael Nelson, Mansfield, Ohio, 3-0
132 lbs/youth male: Andres Cortes, Henderson, Nev., dec. Raul Anaya, Mesa, Ariz., 3-0
132 lbs/youth male: Eric Estrada, Hillsboro, Ore., dec. Omar Samano, Surprise, Ariz., 3-0
132 bs/youth male: Teofimo Lopez, Davie, Fla., dec. Kelvin Davis, Norfolk, Va., 2-1
132 lbs/youth male: Jesse Villarreal, Milwaukee, Wis., dec. Rayvon Drayton, Washington DC, 2-1
119 lbs/junior male: Dominic Serna, Indio, Calif., dec. Joseph Adorno, Allentown, Pa., 3-0
119 lbs/junior male: Freudis Rojas, Fallon, Nev., dec. Wesley Diana, Las Vegas, Nev., 3-0
119 lbs/junior male: Vergil Ortiz, Grand Prairie, Texas, dec. Luis Coria, Coachella, Calif., 2-1
119 lbs/junior male: Victor Morales, Vancouver, Wash., dec. Christopher Ramirez, Salt Lake City, Utah, 3-0
125 lbs/junior male: Alejandro Campa, Phoenix, Ariz., dec. Francisco Villa, Midland, Texas, 2-1
125 lbs/junior male: Ryan Garcia, Adelanto, Calif., dec. Christian Torres, Denver, Colo., 3-0
125 lbs/junior male: Devin Haney, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Adolfo Alanis, Edinburg, Texas, 3-0
125 lbs/junior male: Logan Yoon, Honolulu, Hawaii, dec. Evan Sanchez, Parlier, Calif.
132 lbs/junior male: Bryan Lua, Madera, Calif., dec. Brandon Vega, Cleveland, Ohio, 2-1
132 lbs/junior male: Nikita Ababiy, Brooklyn, N.Y., dec. Steven Galeano, Bronx, N.Y., 2-1
132 lbs/junior male: Andres Borrego, Arvado, Calif., dec. Kenny Colonel, Los Angeles, Calif., 3-0
132 lbs/junior male: Alfredo Escarcega, Avondale, Ariz., dec. Brandon Idrogo, Ellenville, N.Y., 3-0
145 lbs/junior male: Money Powell, Fort Mitchell, Ala., dec. Christopher Gann, St. Joseph, Mo., 3-0
165 lbs/youth male: Manjaro Hills, Jr., Baker, La., dec. Jordan Panthen, Kapolei, Hawaii, 3-0
165 lbs/youth male: Charles Conwell, Cleveland, Ohio, dec. Aaron Katzman, Menlo Park, Calif., 3-0
165 lbs/youth male: Ricky Frausto, Santa Ana, Caif., dec. Luis Perea, San Antonio, Texas, 3-0
165 lbs/youth male: Nathan Kinsman, Casper, Wyo., dec. Adolfo Mendoza, Conroe, Texas, 2-1
176 lbs/junior male: Suray Mahmutovic, Daly City, Calif., dec. Mario Hernandez, Sparks, Nev., 3-0
176 lbs/junior male: Zachary Jones, Waipahu, Hawaii dec. C.B. Shannon, Collinsville, Okla., 3-0
178 lbs/youth male: Bobby Harris, Worcester, Mass., dec. Joshua Juarez, Laredo, Texas, 3-0
178 lbs/youth male: Sharif Rahman, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Furqan Raschke, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 3-0
178 lbs/youth male: Sergio Floes, Kansas City, Kansas won on TKO over John Harris, Deer Park, N.Y., TKO-2
178 lbs/youth male: Kai Webb, Mesquite, Texas, dec. Lester Iglesias, Houston, Texas, TKO-2
114 lbs/youth male: Christopher Colbert, Brooklyn, N.Y., dec. Timothy Longoria, Palacios, Texas
114 lbs/youth male: Shakur Stevenson, Newark, N.J., dec. Tyrone Arzeno, Allentown, Pa., 3-0
114 lbs/youth male: Luis Delgado, San Antonio, Texas dec. Evander Agustin, Santa Maria, Calif., 2-1
114 lbs/youth male: Darren Cunningham, St. Louis, Mo., Justin Dwight Dampac, Lynwood, Calif., 2-1
114 lbs/youth male: Brandon Figueroa, Weslaco, Texas dec. Christopher Martinez, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3-0
114 lbs/youth male: Robert Garcia, Litchfield, Ariz., won on TKO over Benny Acosta, Los Angeles, Calif., TKO-3 (1:53)
114 lbs/youth male: Izaiah Bautista, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Dustin Somera, Las Vegas, Nev., 2-1
114 lbs/youth male: Antonio Vargas, Kissimmee, Fla., dec. Jose Solorio, Harvey, Ill., 3-0
123 lbs/youth male: Jorge Castaneda, Laredo, Texas dec. Tyler Herberger, San Diego, Calif., 3-0
123 lbs/youth male: Ruben Villa, Salinas, Calif., dec. Rudy Garcia, Los Angeles, Calif., 3-0
123 lbs/youth male: Carlos Balderas, Santa Maria, Calif., dec. Gabriel Azua, Galt, Calif., 3-0
123 lbs/youth male: Edward Ceballos, Youngstown, Ariz., dec. Raul Estrada, Aloha, Ore., 2-1
123 lbs/youth male: Hector Tanajara, San Antonio, Texas dec. Alex Rodriguez, Sparks, Nev., 3-0
123 lbs/youth male: Francisco Martinez, Dallas, Texas, dec. Efren Lopez, Fresno, Calif., 2-1
123 lbs/youth male: Irvin Gonzalez, Worcester, Mass., dec. Eliseo Duran, Las Vegas, Nev., 3-0
123 lbs/youth male: Michael Dutchover, Midland, Texas dec. Arnold Alejandro, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3-0
141 lbs/youth male: Mark Dawson, Philadelphia, Pa., dec. Jamell Brown, Rockingham, N.C., 3-0
141 lbs/youth male: Richardson Hitchins, Brooklyn, N.Y., dec. Ali Fakhrriddine, San Diego, Calif., 3-0
141 lbs/youth male: Brandon Haddad, Lancaster, Pa., dec. Henry Allen, Wilson, La., 3-0
141 lbs/youth male: Alexis Martinez, Dallas, Texas dec. Jonathan Jarabek, Brighton, Colo., 3-0
141 lbs/youth male: Isaac Lujan, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Eben Vargas, Mesa, Ariz., 3-0
141 lbs/youth male: Jeremy Saldana, Newark, N.J., dec. Trea Talton, Reno, Nev., 3-0
141 lbs/youth male: Jonathan Navarro, Los Angeles, Calif., dec. Sebastian Fundora, Coachella, Calif., 3-0
141 lbs/youth male: Ector Madera, Stockton, Calif., dec. Arturo Marquez, Houston, Texas, 3-0
152 lbs/youth male: Zakery Rollins, Zanesville, Ohio, dec. Anthony Lerma-Ruelas, Janesville, Wis., 2-1
152 lbs/youth male: Gilbert Vasquez, Brownsville, Texas dec. Hussein Fakhreddine, San Diego, Calif., 2-1
152 lbs/youth male: Javier Estrada, Palmdale, Calif., dec. Hans Perez, Staten Island, N.Y., 3-0
152 lbs/youth male: Robby Gonzales, Sylmar, Calif., dec. Alexis Rocha, Santa Ana, Calif., 3-0
152 lbs/youth male: Ferdinand Kerobyan, N. Hollywood, Calif., won on TKO over Jovani Valenzuela, Phoenix, Ariz., TKO-2
152 lbs/youth male: Fabian Alvarado, Irving, Texas dec. Eriberto Moreno, Phoenix, Ariz., 3-0
152 lbs/youth male: Edgar Berlanga, Brooklyn, N.Y., dec. Armani McPhall, Newark, N.J., 3-0
152 lbs/youth male: John Williams, Baton Rouge, La., dec. Cody Woslager, Helena, Mont., 3-0