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Team USA Advances Four More Boxers to the Medal Rounds with Quarterfinal Victories on Wednesday
by Julie Goldsticker
May 20, 2015

(MAY 20) (NEW TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN) – After a quarterfinal day dominated by USA Boxing’s junior ladies, the youth women turned it on in their quarterfinal session on Wednesday night at the Xinzhuang Stadium in New Taipei City. 2013 Junior World Champion and 2014 Youth Olympic gold medalist Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.), junior lightweight Guadalupe Gutierrez (Sacramento, Calif.), youth light welterweight Ariel Arismendez (Tollleson, Ariz.), and youth middleweight Iesha Kenney (Alexandria, Va.) all clinched semifinals berths with wins on Wednesday.

Gutierrez had to wait until the fifth day of the tournament to compete in Taipei but she made sure the wait was worthwhile in her quarterfinal contest with India’s Nisha. She was aggressive from the opening bell, pressing the action in the three-round bout. Gutierrez outworked and outpunched her Indian opponent to take a 3-0 decision in the match. She moves on to Friday’s semifinals with the win and will face Chinese Taipei’s Ya-Xuan Lin in her next bout. 

Team USA controlled the Xinzhuang Stadium for a 10-minute period in Wednesday’s evening action as U.S. boxers competed in quarterfinal action in both rings simultaneously. Arismendez took the ring approximately two minutes before Gonzalez in the eighth bout in both rings. The American light welterweight faced off with Youth Olympic Games silver medalist Ciara Ginty of Ireland in her second bout of the tournament. Arismendez used strong head movement and effective punching to outbox the Irish star. She won a unanimous decision over Ginty to advance on to a semifinal match-up with Russia’s Elizaveta Nemtseva. 

With her teammate boxing just feet away, Gonzalez stepped in to the ring for her third bout of the tournament with France’s Marion Ensfelder. Gonzalez got to work right away, overwhelming Ensfelder in the opening minute of the bout. Her combinations resulted in three standing eight counts in the opening two rounds and both Ensfelder and the referee had seen enough and the bout was stopped at the 2:00 mark of the second. The win moves her on to another international semifinal bout and a battle with Kazakhstan’s Nazym Ichshanova.  

Kenney once again closed the show for the United States and she did so in impressive fashion. Her second bout of the tournament featured a match-up with Hungary’s Fanni Szokol in middleweight action. Kenney used her strong jab and effective straight shots to pepper Szokol in a competitive first round. She turned up the heat in the next two rounds, giving Szokol two standing eight counts before the referee called a halt to the match at the 1:07 mark of the third. The win clinches at least a second bronze medal in World Championships action for Kenney. She returns to action in a semifinal bout with China’s Lu Zheng on Friday. 

Two junior boxers fell in the afternoon session in Wednesday’s quarterfinal action. Light bantamweight Pauline Viesca (Commerce, Calif.) took on China’s Jiawen Huang in her second bout of the tournament. Huang’s unique movement and awkward style earned her a 3-0 win over the American boxer in the quarterfinal contest. 

Junior middleweight Destiny Navarro (El Centro, Calif.) finally took the ring for her first bout of the tournament in Wednesday’s afternoon competition. She took on Russia’s Anastasia Sigaeva in the final U.S. bout of the early session. The two boxers traded heavy shots throughout the three round contest with Navarro catching Sigaeva with several strong punches. At the end of three rounds, the judges give Sigaeva the victory by split decision. 

Thursday will be an off day for all of the competitors with semifinal action in both the junior and youth divisions being contested on Friday in Taipei.  

Christy Halbert (Nashville, Tenn.), Kay Koroma (Burke, Va.), Don Fain (Reno, Nev.), Caroline Barry (Boulder, Colo.), and Arthur James (Anaheim, Calif.) are leading the United States team in Taipei. 

U.S. Results

114 lbs/junior: Jiawen Huang, CHN, dec. Pauline Viesca, Commerce, Calif./USA, 3-0

132 lbs/junior: Guadalupe Gutierrez, Sacramento, Calif./USA dec. Nisha, IND, 3-0

154 lbs/junior: Anastasia Sigaeva, RUS, dec. Destiny Navarro, El Centro, Calif./USA, 2-1

132 lbs/youth: Jajaira Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif./USA won on TKO over Mario Ensfelder, FRA, TKO-2

141 lbs/youth: Ariel Arismendez, Tolleson, Ariz./USA  dec. Ciara Ginty, IRL, 3-0

165 lbs/youth: Iesha Kenney, Alexandria, Va./USA won on TKO over Fanni Szokol, HUN, TKO-3 1:07


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