(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO) – Team USA enjoyed a perfect start to
the 2012 Women’s Continental Championships on Wednesday at the
NAV Centre in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. The U.S. squad won all
five bouts on the evening, winning contests from the light
flyweight to light heavyweight divisions on day one of the
Photo: Alex Love
Light flyweight Alex Love (Monroe, Wash.) got the team off to a
winning start in her semifinal bout with Canada’s Kim Klavel.
Love mounted a comeback in the final round to win a 24-21
decision and move on to Saturday’s finals.
In bantamweight action, Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.) defeated
a hometown foe as well, taking a 12-6 decision over Canada’s
Vicky Pelletier. Cruz’s quarterfinal win moves her on to
Friday’s semifinal action.
Photo: Queen Underwood
Lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) pulled out a 12-11
victory over Mexico’s Erika Cruz in their first round showdown.
Underwood enjoyed a late comeback as well to take the one-point
decision. Underwood was the only U.S. boxer in an Olympic weight
class to box on Wednesday and will return to the ring for
quarterfinal competition on Thursday.
Photo: Mikaela Mayer
Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) won the most convincing
decision of the day for Team USA, defeating Canada’s Melissa
Redmond, 18-6. Mayer’s semifinal win earns her a berth in
Saturday’s light welterweight semifinal contest.
Light heavyweight Franchon Crews (Baltimore, Md.) won the final
bout of the day for her United States team. Crews claimed a
17-12 win over Andrela Bandeira of Brazil in their semifinal
match-up. She joins Love and Mayer in the finals with her
opening day win.
Underwood will join flyweight Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas)
and featherweight Tiara Brown (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) in Thursday’s
action as Esparza and Brown face Pemela Benavidez of Argentina
and Edelme Jeffrey of Saint Lucia respectively. Underwood will
battle 2011 Pan American Games bronze medalist Sandra Bizier of
Canada in her second bout of the tournament. Welterweight Raquel
Miller (San Francisco, Calif.) will be the third U.S. boxer to
box on Thursday, taking on Myriam de Silva of Canada in
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Wednesday’s U.S. Results
108 lbs: Alex Love, Monroe, Wash./USA, dec. Kim Klavel, CAN,
119 lbs: Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y./USA dec. Vicky
Pelletier, CAN, 12-6
132 lbs: Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash./USA dec. Erika Cruz,
141 lbs: Mikaela Mayer, Los Angeles, Calif./USA dec. Melissa
Redmond, CAN, 18-6
178 lbs: Franchon Crews, Baltimore, Md./USA dec. Andrela
Bandeira, BRA, 17-12
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).