2013 ELITE MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
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The 2013 AIBA Elite Men’s World Championships will take place October 14-26 at the Boluan Sholak Cultural & Sports Palace in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The major international tournament, which takes place every two years, will be the third World Championship event for the United States in a six-week period. The event will be contested under the AIBA’s new rules with athletes born between 1973 and 1994 being eligible for the tournament. In addition, the athletes will compete without headgear and the new 10-point must scoring system will be utilized.
The 10 athletes representing the United States in the event will be light flyweight Leroy Davila (New Brunswick, N.J.), flyweight Malik Jackson (Washington DC), bantamweight Eduardo Martinez (Aurora, Ill.), lightweight Kenneth Sims, Jr. (Chicago, Ill.), light welterweight Jose Alday (Odessa, Texas), welterweight Jamontay Clark (Cincinnati, Ohio), middleweight LeShawn Rodriquez (Shirley, N.Y.), light heavyweight Geremias Torres (Holyoke, Mass.), heavyweight Michael Hilton (Trenton, N.J.), and super heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas).
The 2013 event will be the first World Championships for nine of the 10 members of the United States squad. Awesome (as Lenroy Thompson) competed in the 2011 World Championships, winning his first two bouts before being eliminated.
AIBA began holding the men’s world championships in 1974 and the United States leads the all-time medal standings with 43 medals in the tournament’s history. Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Demetrius Andrade (Providence, Rhode Island) were the last U.S. boxers to win world titles, taking gold in the 2007 event in Chicago.