35 Preliminary Bouts are Contested on Day Two of Elite Nationals:
2014 USA Boxing Elite National Championships action moved into day two at the HUB Sports Center on Tuesday night with 35 bouts in preliminary competition. The women made their tournament debut with matches in the bantamweight and light welterweight classes while elite men in six different weight divisions stepped through the ropes on Tuesday night.
It was the heavier weights kicking off the night’s action in Spokane on Tuesday and once again a Washington state boxer earned the first victory of the session. Dugan Lawton (Tacoma, Wash.) won a split decision over Xavier Hayden (Minneapolis, Minn.) in light heavyweight action to open the day’s competition.
Several familiar faces from the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships fell in their tournament openers on Tuesday night. Featherweight silver medalist Stephen Fulton (Philadelphia, Pa.) dropped his bantamweight bout to Israel Mercado (Montclair, Calif.) in their preliminary round contest. Fellow 2013 finalist Nicholas Jefferson (Tacoma, Wash.) suffered the same fate in his light welterweight bout with Efrain Estrada (Hillsboro, Ore.), dropping a 3-0 decision.
Estrada, the older brother of 2014 Junior and Youth Open champion and junior female outstanding boxer Diana Estrada, wasn’t the only elder sibling of a Reno titlist to win on Tuesday night. Estrada’s fellow Junior and Youth Open champion and youth female outstanding boxer Jajaira Gonzalez’s brother Jousce Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) took a unanimous decision win over Cirilo Avellanda (Baytown, Texas) in their lightweight bout on Tuesday as well.
Defending light welterweight champion Jose Alday (Odessa, Texas) won his first bout at his new welterweight division, taking a victory over Ardreal Holmes (Flint, Mich.) in his 2014 tournament opener. In middleweight action, reigning titlist LeShawn Rodriquez (Shirley, N.Y.) took a preliminary win in his first contest as well, winning a 3-0 decision over Clinso Brumfield (Alexandria, Va.).
2014 USA Boxing National Championships quarterfinal action will begin at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at the HUB Sports Center with all of the bouts being contested in one combined session. All of Wednesday’s winners will move on to semifinal round action on Friday at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino.
178 lbs/male: Travis Toledo, New York, N.Y., dec. Alberto Fundora, Coachella, Calif., 2-1
178 lbs/male: Dugan Lawton, Tacoma, Wash., dec. Xavier Hayden, Minneapolis, Minn., 2-1
201 lbs/male: Vardan Khachatrian, North Hollywood, Calif., dec. Albert Alvarez, Sells, Ariz., 3-0
201 lbs/male: Smbat Bagdassarian, Burbank, Calif., dec. Aaron Chavers, Oklahoma City, Okla., 3-0
119 lbs/female: Jamie Mitchell, Pacific Grove, Calif., dec. Leesa Daniel, Austin, Texas, 3-0
123 lbs/male: Israel Mercado, Montclair, Calif., dec. Stephen Fulton, Philadelphia, Pa., 3-0
123 lbs/male: Kevin Ford, St. Louis, Mo., dec. Eduardo Vasquez, Sheridan, Colo., 3-0
123 lbs/male: Jarico O’Quinn, Detroit, Mich., dec. Ryan Riddell, Apache Junction, Ariz., 3-0
123 lbs/male: Ramon Cardenas, San Antonio, Texas dec. Xaiver Griffin, Minneapolis, Minn., 4-0
123 lbs/male: Sharone Carter, St. Louis, Mo., dec. Jaime Estrada, New Windsor, N.Y., 2-1
123 lbs/male: Sean Scott, Cincinnati, Ohio dec. Joshua Gonzalez, Bronx, N.Y., 3-0
123 lbs/male: David Sandoval, Tacoma, Wash., dec. Nchatxu Vang, St. Paul, Minn., 3-0
123 lbs/male: Jesus Vasquez, Englewood, Colo., dec. Jerrell Barbour, Tacoma, Wash., 3-0
123 lbs/male: Genaro Gamez, San Diego, Calif., dec. Emmanuel Nieves, Phoenix, Ariz., 3-0
132 lbs/male: Canton Miller, St. Louis, Mo., dec. Elllijah Peixoto, East Providence, R.I., 3-0
132 lbs/male: Maliek Montgomery, Macon, Ga., dec. Titus Williams, Elmont, N.Y., 3-0
132 lbs/male: Eder Carrillo, Woodland, Calif., dec. Tracy Alexander, Compton, Calif., 3-0
132 lbs/male: Jousce Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif., dec. Cirilo Avellanda, Baytown, Texas, 3-0
132 lbs/male: Charles Vasquez Vera, New Port Richey, Fla., dec. Joshua Jones, Philadelphia, Pa., 3-0
132 lbs/male: Hector Rendon, Tacoma, Wash., won on disqualification over De’Shon Baker, East Cleveland, Ohio, DQ-2
141 lbs/female: Destiny Chearino, Warwick, R.I., dec. Catarina Lentini, Whitehall, Pa., 3-0
141 lbs/female: Monayah Patterson, Warren, Mich., dec. Jessica Radtke, Bloomington, Minn., 2-1
141 lbs/male: Efrain Estrada, Hillsboro, Ore., dec. Nicholas Jefferson, Tacoma, Wash., 3-0
141 lbs/male: David Mijares, Pasadena, Calif., dec. Freddy Sanchez, Worcester, Mass., 2-1
141 lbs/male: Abraham Nova, Albany, N.Y., dec. Jayquran Hazel, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2-1
152 lbs/male: Chordale Booker, Brooklyn, N.Y., dec VeShawn Owens, St. Louis Park, Minn., 3-0
152 lbs/male: DeVonte Williams, Houston, Texas, dec. Antonio Tessitore, Spokane, Wash., 3-0
152 lbs/male: Jose Alday, Odessa, Texas dec. Ardeal Holmes, Flint, Mich., 3-0
152 lbs/male: Michael Montgomery, Macon, Galk., dec. Jacob Operskalski, Oakland, Calif., 3-0
152 lbs/male: Javaune James, Miramar, Fla., dec. Adrian Gutierrez, Chula Vista, Calif., 3-0
152 lbs/male: Jeremiah Millet, St. Louis, Mo., dec. Tayvon Fish, Linden, N.J., 3-0
152 lbs/male: Timothy Lee, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Paul Kroll, Philadelphia, Pa., 2-1
152 lbs/male: Jose Pena, Tucson, Ariz., dec. Kenneth Thomas, Indianapolis, Ind., 3-0
165 lbs/male: Daniel Thomas, Concord, Calif., dec. Kalvin Henderson, Fayetteville, Ark., 3-0
Day one of the 2014 USA Boxing Elite National Championships is in the books following 21 first round bouts at the HUB Sports Center in Spokane, Wash., on Monday night. All of the evening’s action took place in the elite men’s division with boxers competing in the bantamweight, light welterweight, welterweight and middleweight classes on the opening day of competition.
A home state boxer took the first win of the tournament as Jerrell Barbour (Tacoma, Wash.) earned a unanimous decision victory over 2013 USA Boxing National Championships bronze medalist Cristian Williams (Crete, Ill.) in the bantamweight division.
Jonathan Esquivel (Anaheim, Calif.) earned the first TKO win of the tournament, claiming a victory in the third round over Travis Jerig (Zanesville, Ohio) in their middleweight contest. Esquivel will face off with Shane Mosley, Jr. (Upland, Calif.) in middleweight quarterfinal action on Wednesday.
Anthony Campbell (Covington, Tenn.) enjoyed a short night in his middleweight contest as well, taking a third round knockout over Keoki Anaya (Port Hueneme, Calif.) in his first bout of the 2014 USA Boxing Elite National Championships.
Women’s action will begin on Tuesday with first round bouts in the bantamweight and light welterweight divisions on day two of tournament action. The elite men will return to the ring on Tuesday as well, competing in 32 bouts on Tuesday evening.
Tuesday’s bouts will start at 5 p.m., at the HUB Sports Center with 35 contests split across the two rings. Preliminary round competition will conclude on Wednesday in bouts beginning at 11 a.m., and 5 p.m., at the HUB.
Both of the United States’ last two Olympic gold medalists, Andre Ward and Claressa Shields, were on hand for the night’s action in Spokane. Ward, a two-time U.S. National Champion in his amateur days, posed for pictures with the fans on hand and offered encouraged to the tournament participants while enjoying the bouts with his son Malachi.
The USA Boxing National Championships began in 1888 and many of the greatest champions in the history of the sweet science got their start in the nation’s premier national championship event, including: Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali), Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar de la Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and Andre Ward.
123 lbs/male: Jerrell Barbour, Tacoma, Wash., dec. Cristian Williams, Crete, Ill., 3-0
123 lbs/male: Israel Mercado, Montclair, Calif., dec. Joshua McShane, Waianae, Hawaii, 3-0
141 lbs/male: Efrain Estrada, Hillsboro, Ore., dec. Miguel Canino, Racine, Wis., 3-0
141 lbs/male: Alfonso Ponce, Anaheim, Calif., dec. Eric Hernandez, Leesburg, Va., 3-0
141 lbs/male: David Mijares, Pasadena, Calif., dec. Joel Ibarra, Wahiawa, Hawaii, 2-1
141 lbs/male: Abraham Nova, Albany, N.Y., dec. Carlos Bernier, Coachella, Calif., 3-0
141 lbs/male: Alfonso Olvera, Tucson, Ariz., dec. Vassiliy Zherebneko, Brooklyn, N.Y., 3-0
141 lbs/male: Evander Lamourt, New Richey, Fla., dec. Anthony Marsella, Smithfield, R.I., 3-0
141 lbs/male: Quantavious Green, Shreveport, La., dec. Cassius Foster, Cleveland, Ohio, 3-0
141 lbs/male: Thomas Mattice, Cleveland, Ohio dec. Robert O’Quinn, Detroit, Mich., 3-0
152 lbs/male: Ardeal Holmes, Flint, Mich., dec. Jose De La Rosa, Richmond Hill, N.Y., 2-1
152 lbs/male: Kenneth Thomas, Indianapolis, Ind., dec. Samuel Valentin, Land O’ Lakes, Fla., 3-0
152 lbs/male: VeShawn Owens, St. Joseph, Minn., dec. Brian Ceballo, Brooklyn, N.Y., 3-0
165 lbs/male: Clinso Brumfield, Alexandria, Va., dec. Chase Calloway, St. Joseph, Mo., 3-0
165 lbs/male: John Zabala, Arvada, Colo., dec. Roger Ibarra, Houston, Texas, 2-1
165 lbs/male: Louis Holloway, St. Louis, Mo., dec. Dillon Kasprzak, Philadelphia, Pa., 3-0
165 lbs/male: Kalvin Henderson, Fayetteville, Ark., dec. Khiary Gray, Worcester, Mass., 3-0
165 lbs/male: Jonathan Esquivel, Anaheim, Calif., won on TKO over Travis Jerig, Zanesville, Ohio, TKO-3
165 lbs/male: Shane Mosley, Jr., Upland, Calif., dec. Jason Taylor, Houma, La., 3-0
165 lbs/male: Bryan Flores, Playa Vista, Calif., dec. Carlos Monroe, Stone Mountain, Ga., 3-0
Full brackets & bout sheets for the 2014 USA Boxing National Championships can be found here.