(APR 23) (COLORADO SPRINGS,
COLO.) – A squad of eight U.S. boxers will compete for a berth
in the 2011 Pan American Games at the second Pan American Games
qualifying tournament, May 1-6, in Quito, Ecuador. The team of
five male and three female athletes will face off with nations
from north, central and south America at the international
tournament in Ecuador.
Male light flyweight Michael Bennedosso (Fort Carson, Colo.),
female flyweight Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.), male
lightweight Tommy Roque (Camp Lejeune, N.C.), female lightweight
Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.), male light welterweight Pedro
Sosa (Bronx, N.Y.), male middleweight Damarius Russell (Camp
Lejeune, N.C.), female middleweight Franchon Crews (Baltimore,
Md.) and male light heavyweight Jeffrey Spencer (Fort Carson,
Colo.) will represent the United States in Ecuador.
The male competitors will have to finish in the top three spots
to qualify a Pan American Games berth while the female athletes
must advance to the finals to clinch a berth in Guadalajara. The
United States’ super heavyweight Danny Kelly (Washington DC)
earned the first berth for Team USA at the opening Pan Am Games
qualifier in Venezuela.
The United States team will depart for Quito on April 29 and the
event will begin with the Technical Meeting on April 30 prior to
competition opening on May 1. Second Pan American Games
qualifier action will run through May 6 with the team returning
to the United States on May 7.
The 2011 Pan American Games will be contested October 14-30 in
Guadalajara, Mexico, and will showcase women’s boxing for the
first time in the event’s history. The three Olympic women’s
weight classes, flyweight (112 lbs), lightweight (132 lbs), and
middleweight (165 lbs) will all be featured in Guadalajara.
The third and final Pan American Games qualifying tournament is
tentatively scheduled to take place in June in a location to be
U.S. Pan Am Games Qualifier II Roster
Male light flyweight/108 lbs: Michael Bennedosso, Fort Carson,
Female flyweight/112 lbs: Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y.
Male lightweight/132 lbs: Tommy Roque, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Female lightweight/132 lbs: Queen Undrewood, Seattle, Wash.
Male light welterweight/141 lbs: Pedro Sosa, Bronx, N.Y.
Male middleweight: Damarius Russell, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Female middleweight: Franchon Crews, Baltimore, Md.
Male light heavyweight: Jeffrey Spencer, Fort Carson, Colo.
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).