(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – USA Boxing’s team is set for the
2015 Pan American Games following a five medal performance from
the United States at the 2015 Pan American Games qualifying
event in Tijuana, Mexico. 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa
Shields (Flint, Mich.), Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza
(Houston, Texas) and 2015 national champion Antonio Vargas
(Kissimmee, Fla.) all won gold at the international event.
Reigning national champions Luis Feliciano (Milwaukee, Wis.) and
Melik Elliston (Denver, Colo.) won silver and bronze
respectively in their qualifying efforts in Mexico.
Flyweights Esparza and Vargas closed the show in the same manner
they started it on Monday in Tijuana. Esparza took a unanimous
decision over Pan American Games host nation boxer Mandy Bujold
of Canada in her championship bout and Vargas won his gold medal
with 3-0 over Colombia’s Ceiber David Avila.
Shields returned to the top of the medal stand with another
unanimous decision victory in her middleweight championship
bout. The 20-year-old Olympic champion will head in to our first
Pan American Games fresh off a 3-0 win over the Dominican
Republic’s Yenebier Guillen.
Feliciano fell by a 3-0 decision to Brazil’s Joedison de Jesus
in their light welterweight division to take a silver medal in
the Pan American Qualifying Event.
Elliston qualified for the Pan American Games with a bronze
medal finish in his light flyweight division. The five qualified
boxers from the tournament in Mexico will join bantamweight
Francisco Martinez (Dallas, Texas), lightweight Carlos Balderas
(Santa Maria, Calif.), welterweight Brian Ceballo (Brooklyn,
N.Y.), middleweight Anthony Campbell (Covington, Tenn.), light
heavyweight Steven Nelson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and super
heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) at the 2015 Pan
American Games in Toronto. The 2015 Pan American Games will take
place July 10-26 with boxing competition running from July 18-25
at General Motors Centre.
2000 Olympic Coach Israel Acosta (Milwaukee, Wis.), Ed Weichers
(Colorado Springs, Colo.), Joe Guzman (Colorado Springs, Colo.),
and Bonnie Canino (Dania Beach, Fla.) led the United States team
U.S. Championship Round Results
112 lbs/female: Marlen Esparza, Houston, Texas/USA dec. Mandy
Bujold, CAN, 3-0
114 lbs/male: Antonio Vargas, Kissimmee, Fla./USA dec. Ceiber
David Avila, COL, 3-0
141 lbs/male: Joedison de Jesus, BRA, dec. Luis Feliciano,
Milwaukee, Wis./USA, 3-0
165 lbs/female: Claressa Shields, Flint, Mich./USA dec. Yenebier
Guillen, DOM, 3-0