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The 2014 USA Boxing Elite National Championships Semifinalists are Set in Spokane
by Julie Goldsticker
January 23, 2014


(JAN 23) SPOKANE, WASH – The third day of 2014 USA Boxing National Championships showcased nearly six hours of quarterfinal action on Wednesday at the HUB Sports Center in Spokane, Wash. The 46 victors in Wednesday’s quarterfinal competition all claimed berths in the semifinal round, which will take place on Friday at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino.

The upsets from Tuesday continued in Wednesday’s action with two defending women’s titlists dropping their tournament openers in quarterfinal round competition. Featherweight Jennifer Hamann (Seattle, Wash.) lost a split decision to Kristin Carlson (Carol Stream, Ill.) in their quarterfinal showdown while light welterweight Bertha Aracil (Yonkers, N.Y.) dropped a 2-1 bout to Destiny Chearino (Warwick, R.I.). In men’s action, heavyweight champion Michael Hilton (Trenton, N.J.) lost a messy contest to Smbat Bagdassarian (Burbank, Calif.), eliminating him from the tournament.

Yet not all the reigning champion’s run toward a second consecutive title ended on Wednesday. Welterweight Jose Alday (Odessa, Texas) and middleweight LeShawn Rodriguez (Shirley, N.Y.) each claimed their second victories of the tournament on Wednesday to move on to Friday’s medal rounds. In women’s action, bantamweight Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.) won her tournament opener to earn a berth in the semifinal round.

2012 World Champion Tiara Brown (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) dominated her featherweight contest with Jenelle Leal (Corpus Christi, Texas) to advance to her third straight USA Boxing National Championships semifinal bout. Brown has returned to the featherweight division following a one-year foray to the lightweight class.

Two top women earned quarterfinal victories in the stacked lightweight division on Wednesday. 2013 USA Boxing Youth National Champion Rashida Ellis (Lynn, Mass.) won a unanimous decision over Christella Cepeda (Yonkers, N.Y.) in her first bout in the elite division to set up a highly-anticipated semifinal showdown with 2012 Olympian Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.). On the opposite side of the bracket, 2012 World Championships bronze medalist Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) won a 3-0 bout over Franci Davila (Kapaa, Hawaii). She will face off with former national champion Melissa Parker (Houston, Texas) in a rematch of the 2013 National PAL final round contest.

2013 USA Boxing National Championships silver medalist Joshua Temple (St. Louis, Mo.) ended the night with a bang in his heavyweight contest with Vardan Khachatrian (N. Hollywood, Calif.). Temple got off to a quick start, landing heavy shots and giving Khachatrian two standing eight counts. The referee called a halt to the bout at the 2:20 mark of the first round, giving him the TKO victory.

All three 2012 Olympians will open tournament competition on Friday with gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) taking the ring for the first time in USA Boxing National Championships action. Bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) will compete for her eight national title while her lightweight teammate Underwood vies for her seventh in Spokane.

Thursday will be an off day for all of the competitors with tournament action resuming in two semifinal sessions at 11 a.m., and 5 p.m. on Friday at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino. The 2014 USA Boxing Elite National Championships with culminate with final round action on Saturday at noon and 6 p.m. Tickets are available at the Northern Quest box office northernquest.com.

Wednesday’s Results
108 lbs/male: Domonique Sosa, Humble, Texas dec. Thomas Huitt-Johnson, St. Joseph, Mo., 3-0
112 lbs/female: Katie Durgin, Boston, Mass., dec. Brianna Sanchez, Tucson, Ariz., 2-1
112 lbs/female: Ayesha Green, Trenton, N.J., dec. Ivette Delgado, Yonkers, N.Y., 2-1
114 lbs/male: Marshall Sanchez, Houston, Texas, dec. Jordan Rodriguez, Brooklyn, N.Y., 3-0
119 lbs/female: Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y., dec. Jamie Mitchell, Pacific Grove, Calif., 3-0
119 lbs/female: Melanie Costa, Norton, Mass., dec. Elizabeth Leddy, Portland, Maine, 2-1
119 lbs/female: Amanda Pavone, Burlington, Mass., dec. Samantha Salazar, Dallas, Texas,
119 lbs/female: Kathy McPherson, Mesa, Ariz., dec. Rory Santos, Waipahu, Hawaii, 3-0
123 lbs/male: Ramon Cardenas, San Antonio, Texas, dec. Israel Mercado, Montclair, Calif., 2-1
123 lbs/male: Sean Scott, Cincinnati, Ohio dec. Sharone Carter, St. Louis, Mo., 2-1
123 lbs/male: Jarico O'Quinn, Detroit, Mich., dec. Kevin Ford, St. Louis, Mo., 3-0
123 lbs/male: Jesus Vasquez, Englewood, Colo., won on TKO over David Sandoval, Tacoma, Wash., TKO-3
125 lbs/female: Lisa Porter, Valley Village, Calif., dec. Ashleigh Moore, Buzzards Bay, Mass., 3-0
125 lbs/female: Kristin Carlson, Carol Stream, Ill., dec. Jennifer Hamann, Seattle, Wash., 2-1
125 lbs/female: Tiara Brown, Ft. Myers, Fla., dec. Jenelle Leal, Corpus Christi, Texas, 3-0
125 lbs/female: Carmen Vargas, Houston, Texas, dec. Felisha Estrada Gonzalez, San Jose, Calif., 2-1
132 lbs/female: Mikaela Mayer, Los Angeles, Calif., dec. Franci Davila, Kapaa, Hawaii, 3-0
132 lbs/female: Rashida Ellis, Lynn, Mass., dec. Christella Cepeda, Yonkers, N.Y., 3-0
132 lbs/male: Jouse Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif., dec. Cresencio Ramos, San Antonio, Texas, 2-1
132 lbs/male: Charles Vasquez Vera, New Port Richey, Fla., dec. Hector Rendon, Tacoma, Wash., 2-1
132 lbs/male: Genaro Gamez, San Diego, Calif., dec. Canton Miller, St. Louis, Mo., 3-0
132 lbs/male: Maliek Montgomery, Macon, Ga., dec. Eder Carrillo, Woodland, Calif., 2-1
141 lbs/female: Destiny Chearino, Warwick, R.I., dec. Bertha Aracil, Yonkers, N.Y., 2-1
141 lbs/female: Jasmine Singh, Anaheim, Calif., dec. Griselda Madrigal Santana, 3-0
141 lbs/female: Faith Franco, Duarte, Calif., dec. Monayah Patterson, Warren, Mich., 3-0
141 lbs/female: Stacey Parker, Aurora, Ill., Aurora, Ill., dec. Aleah Dillard, Dallas, Texas, 2-1
141 lbs/male: Alfonso Olvera, Tucson, Ariz., won on TKO over David Mijares, Pasadena, Calif., TKO-3
141 lbs/male: Abraham Nova, Albany, N.Y., dec. Evander Lamourt, New Port Richey, Fla., 3-0
141 lbs/male: Efrain Estrada, Hillsboro, Ore., dec. Alfonso Ponce, Anaheim, Calif., 3-0
141 lbs/male: Thomas Mattice, Cleveland, Ohio won on walkover over Quantavious Green, Shreveport, La., W/O
152 lbs/male: Chordale Booker, Brooklyn, N.Y., dec. DeVonte Williams, Houston, Texas, 2-1
152 lbs/male: Jose Alday, Odessa, Texas dec. Michael Montgomery, Macon, Ga., 3-0
152 lbs/male: Timothy Lee, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Jose Pena, Tucson, Ariz., 2-1
152 lbs/male: Jeremiah Millett, St. Louis, dec. Javaune James, Miramar, Fla., 2-1
165 lbs/male: LeShawn Rodriguez, Shirley, N.Y., dec. John Zabala, Arvada, Colo., 3-0
165 lbs/male: Bryan Flores, Playa Vista, Calif., dec. Louis Holloway, St. Louis, Mo., 3-0
165 lbs/male: Jonathan Esquivel, Anaheim, Calif., dec. Shane Mosley, Jr., Upland, Calif., 3-0
165 lbs/male: Anthony Campbell, Covington, Tenn., dec. Daniel Thomas, Concord, Calif., 3-0
178 lbs/male: Jasper McCargo, Oakland, Calif., won on disqualification over Travis Toledo, New York, N.Y., DQ-3
178 lbs/male: Nico Valdes, Miami, Fla., dec. Octavius Webb, Maple Heights, Ohio, 3-0
178 lbs/male: Julius Butler, St. Louis, Mo., dec. Jerrod Bowling, Washington DC, 3-0
178 lbs/male: Dugan Lawton, Tacoma, Wash., dec. Vincent Baccus, Lawrence, Kansas, 2-1
201 lbs/male: Earl Newman, Brooklyn, N.Y., dec. Joseph Martinez, Duarte, Calif., 2-1
201 lbs/male: Joshua Temple, St. Louis, Mo., won on TKO over Vardan Khachatrian, N. Hollywood, Calif., TKO-1
201 lbs/male: Smbat Bagdassarian, Burbank, Calif., dec. Michael Hilton, Trenton, N.J., 2-1
201 lbs/male: Sardius Simmons, Flint, Mich., dec. Alejandro Bermudez, Gatesville, Texas, 2-1

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