SPRINGS, COLO.) – The United States enjoyed an impressive
showing on the second day of tournament action at the 2013
Independence Cup in Santiago, Dominican Republic on Tuesday.
(Kissimmee, Fla.) and lightweight
(Seattle, Wash.) each claimed
victories in the afternoon session with lightweight
Kenneth Sims, Jr.
(Chicago, Ill.) and middleweight
(San Francisco, Calif.) earned
wins in evening action.
Seventeen-year-old Lubin set the
tone for the U.S. squad in the first bout of the day for Team
USA and he did so in impressive fashion. Lubin won a 25-10
decision over Brazil’s
in light welterweight preliminary
round action. The victory moves Lubin on to Wednesday’s
2012 U.S. Olympian Underwood
returned to international action in a bout with Guatemala’s
Karen Ismenia Perez Revoloria
on Tuesday afternoon. Underwood
won the quarterfinal showdown by a 15-8 margin to move on to the
semifinal round. She will compete for a spot in the tournament
finals on Thursday.
Sims returned to the ring on
Tuesday fresh off a tiebreaker in Monday’s action. He enjoyed a
much more comfortable victory in tonight’s bout, winning a 34-12
decision over Peru’s
Tyson Martinez Vera
to move on to Wednesday’s
Miller faced off with home nation
of the Dominican Republic, and
she sent the Dominican fans home disappointed, taking the
quarterfinal win. The 2012 Women’s World Championships silver
medalist Miller won an 11-3 decision over Perez to advance to
the semifinals on Thursday.
(New Brunswick, N.J.) and
(Chicago, Ill.) will make their
tournament debuts on Wednesday while Sims, Lubin, and
(Lynn, Mass.) will all return to
the ring in quarterfinal action as well.
(San Antonio, Texas) and
(Orlando, Fla.) are leading the
U.S. squad in to action while
Dr. Robin Goodfellow
(Albion, Mich.) is serving as the
squad’s Team Manager and Physician. The U.S. squad is competing
in the first multi-nation tournament of 2013 in the Dominican
Republic following a preparatory training camp at the Olympic
Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Kenneth Sims, Jr., Chicago,
dec. Luis Salazar, DOM, 13-13
Queen Underwood, Seattle,
dec. Karen Ismenia Perez Revoloria, GUA, 15-8
Erickson Lubin, Kissimmee,
dec. Jhonatan Sodares, BRA, 25-10
Raquel Miller, San Francisco,
dec. Gisela Perez, DOM, 11-3