(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The
United States and Mexico will face off in international dual
action, April 15 and 17 at the Restorations Ministries’ Harvey
Boxing Club and Thornton Township High School in Harvey, Ill.,
with the two squads competing in all 13 Olympic weight divisions
over the two dual event.
Eight national champions will lead Team USA into action with
light flyweight Louie Byrd (Denver, Colo.), female flyweight
Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas), female lightweight Queen
Underwood (Seattle, Wash.), male light welterweight Pedro Sosa
(Bronx, N.Y.), female middleweight national champion Tiffanie
Hearn (Louisville, Ky.), male middleweight national champion
Luis Arias (Milwaukee, Wis.) and male super heavyweight champion
Lenroy Thompson (Lenexa, Kansas) all competing in the
Two Chicago natives will see action in the international event
with male lightweight Kenneth Sims, Jr. (Chicago, Ill.) and the
Harvey Boxing Club’s own welterweight Alex Martin (Chicago,
Ill.) facing Mexico over the weekend. 2010 USA Boxing National
Championships male flyweight bronze medalist John Franklin (Fort
Carson, Colo.), 2010 National PAL male bantamweight champion
Oshanique Foster (Orange, Texas), male light heavyweight Caleb
Plant (Ashland Tenn.), and 2010 Youth Olympic Games male
heavyweight participant Joshua Temple (St. Louis, Mo.) will
complete the U.S. team in Harvey.
Mexico is sending a squad of top athletes north of the border
with five female athletes slated to compete in the two-dual
event. The female athletes will be flyweights Mariana Caballero
and Silvia Torres, lightweights Reyna Virdiana Cortija and Erika
Cruz, and middleweight Alma Nora Ibarra. On the men’s side,
light flyweight Francisco Alonso Melendez, flyweight Elias
Emigdio Abarca, bantamweight Oscar Valdez Fierro, lightweight
Angel Jordan Gutierrez Amezcua, light welterweight Carlos
Barrera, welterweight Oscar Molina Casillas, middleweight Juan
Antonio Mercado, light heavyweight Armando Pina, heavyweight
Mario Heredia, and super heavyweight Juan Isidro Hiracheta will
face American foes in the two dual event.
Charles Leverette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) of the United
States’ Army, Clara Savannah (Houston, Texas) and Mark Chears
(Chicago, Ill.) will be the Team USA coaches for the USA vs.
Mexico Dual with Enrique Orci (Tuscson, Ariz.) and Randy Richard
(Lafayette, La.) working as the AIBA officials, Rosemarie
Trindle (Mercer, Pa.) serving as the Computer Technician and Dr.
Alicia Broeren (Milwaukee, Wis.) joining the squad as the Team
Nine bouts of action will kick off the event on Friday at 8
p.m., at the Harvey Boxing Club with two women’s bouts
showcasing a duo of the United States’ top female boxers against
Mexican foes. Friday’s black-tie event will not only feature
nine of the top Olympic hopefuls from both the United States and
Mexico, but also serve as a fundraising event for the
Restoration Ministries. USA Boxing and the Harvey Boxing Club
have hosted the annual event for several years and it
consistently provides a great night of boxing action.
Sunday’s action will commence at 2 p.m. at Thornton Township
High School with competition being showcased in all 13 Olympic
weight classes in the second dual of the event. Bout sheets for
both days of USA vs. Mexico Dual action are attached.
Team USA Roster
Female – 112lbs/51kg: Marlen Esparza, Houston, Texas
Female – 132lbs/60kg: Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash.
Female – 165lbs/75kg: Tiffanie Hearn, Louisville, Ky.
108lbs/49kg: Louie Byrd, Denver, Colo.
114lbs/52kg: John Franklin, Colorado Springs, Colo.
123lbs/56kg: O’Shanique Foster, Orange, Texas
132lbs/60kg: Kenneth Sims, Chicago, Ill.
141lbs/64kg: Pedro Sosa, Bronx, N.Y.
152lbs/69kg: Alex Martin, Chicago, Ill.
165lbs/75kg: Luis Arias, Milwaukee, Wis.
178 lbs/81kg: Caleb Plant, Ashland, Tenn.
201 lbs/91kg: Joshua Temple, St. Louis, Mo.
201+lbs/+91kg: Lenroy Thompson, Lenexa, Kansas
Coach: Charles Leverette, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Coach: Clara Savannah, Houston, Texas
Coach: Mark Chears, Chicago, Ill.
Physician: Alicia Broeren, Milwaukee, Wis.
Official: Rosemaire Trindle, Mercer, Pa.
Official: Enrique Orci, Tucson, Ariz.
Official: Randy Richard, Lafayette, La.
Team Mexico Roster
Female - 112lbs/51kg: Mariana Caballero
Female – 132lbs/60kg: Reyna Viridiana Cortija
Female – 165lbs/75kg: Alma Nora Ibarra
Female - 112lbs/51kg: Silvia Torres
Female – 132lbs/60kg: Erika Cruz
Female – 165lbs/75kg: Irais Hernandez
108lbs/49kg: Francisco Alonso Melendez
114lbs/52kg: Braulio Avila Juarez
123lbs/56kg: Oscar Valdez Fierro
132lbs/60kg Angel Jordan Gutierrez Amezcua
141lbs/64kg: Carlos Barrera
152lbs/69kg: Oscar Molina Casillas
165lbs/75kg: Juan Antonio Mercado
178 lbs/81kg: Armando Pina
201 lbs/91kg: Mario Heredia
201+lbs/+91kg: Juan Isidro Hiracheta
Coach: Francisco Bonilla Vazquez
Coach: Guillermo Becerril Perez
Coach: Mario Gonzalez Lugo
Team Manager: Oscar Contreras Gonzales
Physician: Aurelio Alvarez Plascencia
Official: Ismael Mejia Cordova
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).