Team USA enjoyed a second
successful day at the 2014 Youth Continental Championships in
Quito, Ecuador on Friday. Four U.S. competitors claimed
semifinal wins to earn berths in the tournament finals. Male
Kansas), female flyweight Caitlin
Calif.), female lightweight Jajaira
Calif.), and male middleweight Charles
Ohio) all took semifinal wins at the Julio Cesar Hidalgo
Coliseum on the day of competition. Male featherweight Isidro
Calif.) was the lone U.S. boxer to fall in Friday’s action,
dropping a split decision.
Hernandez took the ring for his
second bout of the tournament against Puerto Rico’ Yankiel
flyweight semifinal action. The American boxer claimed a 2-1
victory Rivera in their contest to move on to Sunday’s finale
where he will face Ecuador’s Carlos
2013 Junior World Champion, Orosco,
competed in her first international bout of 2014 on Friday in a
flyweight showdown with host nation boxer Nathaly
Ecuador. Orosco won a unanimous decision victory over Flores to
advance to another international championship bout. She will
battle Argentina’s Alyelen
the flyweight final round contest.
Gonzalez, Team USA’s second
reigning Junior World Champion, enjoyed a successful 2014
international debut as well. She also took a unanimous decision
win over a home ring boxer in her lightweight semifinal contest.
Gonzalez defeated Ecuador’s Pallares
3-0, to earn her berth in the lightweight championship bout with
the Dominican Republic’s Brazoban
Conwell claimed the final victory
of the day for Team USA in a middleweight bout with Puerto
earned a unanimous decision win over his host nation opponent to
advance to the middleweight championship bout and a match-up
with Ecuador’s Ariel
Ochoa fell by split decision to
Puerto Rico’s Lemuel
men’s featherweight semifinal competition on Friday.
Three more American boxers will
look to advance to the finals in today’s semifinal round
competition. Bantamweight Carlos
Maria, Calif.) and light welterweight Jonathan
Angeles, Calif.) will each take the ring for their second bouts
in Ecuador, facing Puerto Rico’s Henry
Fla.) will compete in his tournament opener in a bout with
Calif.) and Willie
N.J.) are leading the United States squad in Quito with Dr.
John Drye (Plains,
Mont.) serving as the team physician.
108 lbs/male: Nico
Hernandez, Wichita, Kansas/USA dec.
Yankiel Rivera, PUR, 2-1
112 lbs/female: Caitlin
Orosco, Anaheim, Calif./USA dec.
Nathaly Flores, ECU, 3-0
125 lbs/male: Lemuel Class, PUR,
Ochoa, Fresno, Calif./USA,
132 lbs/female: Jajaira
Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif./USA dec.
Pallares Yensy, ECU, 3-0
165 lbs/male: Charles
Conwell, Cleveland, Ohio/USA dec.
Luis Lopez, PUR, 3-0