Team USA Records Four Victories in the Opening Three Days of the 2008 Women’s World Championships

Nov. 24, 2008, 11:26 a.m. (ET)
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) - The United States' top female boxers opened competition at the 2008 Women's World Championships in Ningbo City, China, over the weekend and recorded four wins in the first three days of action.

Team USA split their two bouts on the first day of preliminary competition with bantamweight Cynthia Moreno (Guadalupe, Ariz.) winning her bantamweight opener and flyweight Cheryl Houlihan (Santee, Calif.) dropping her first bout.

Moreno claimed a 10-4 decision over Cathy Metz of Germany in her first-ever World Championships contest. Yet flyweight veteran Houlihan lost a 10-1 decision to Si Yuan Li of China, eliminating her from competition.

Two more U.S. boxers added World Championships victories on the second day of AIBA Women's World Championships action in Ningbo City on Sunday. It was two Kentucky natives recording the day's victories as middleweight Meredith Della Giustina (Versailles, Ky.) and heavyweight Tiffanie Hearn both earned victories in their first-ever World Championships bout on the second day of action in China. Della Giustina won a 13-6 decision over Kazakhstan's Yuldus Matmakulova while Hearn recorded a 12-2 decision over Poland's Sylwia Kuziak.

Light middleweight Grace Parks (Bellingham, Wash.) faced a tough test in her first bout of the competition and suffered a late first round stoppage to Canada's Arriane Fortin.

Moreno returned to the ring on the third day of competition, taking on Mongolia's Svud-Erdene Oyungerel in second round competition. The 18-year-old earned her second consecutive win, taking a commanding 15-3 victory over Oyungerel. The win advances Moreno onto a Wednesday quarterfinal contest with India's Yadav Sushma Kumari with the victor moving on to the medal round.

Defending light flyweight bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) dropped her opening round contest 10-2 to Sweden's Jenny Haedingz. Featherweight Alexandria Cardenas (San Angelo, Texas) lost her opener as well, dropping a close 7-5 decision to Hungary's Edina Pezdany.

Five U.S. boxers will compete in Tuesday's preliminary action as light bantamweight Sacred Downing (Trenton, N.J.), lightweight Carrie Barry (Colorado Springs, Colo.), light welterweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.), and welterweight Vanessa Jackson (Columbus, Ohio) all take the ring for the first time and middleweight Meredith Della Giustina (Versailles, Ky.) competes in her second bout. Downing will face Annie Albania of the Phillipines, Barry will challenge Wen Hsien Su of Taipei, Underwood will take on Canada's Kathleen Dunn, Jackson will box Australia's Naomi-Lee Fischer-Rasmussen and Della Giustina will close the day in a contest with Canada's Amber Konkikow.  

The team is being led by coaches Ted Palac (Hamtramck, Mich.), Harry Thomas (Stafford, Texas), and Bonnie Canino (Dania Beach, Fla.) The most up-to-date results for the 2008 AIBA Women's World championships can be found on AIBA's website at The AIBA site will be showing live scoring for all of the bouts throughout the tournament as well.

U.S. Results

Monday, November 24
Preliminary Bouts

106 lbs: Jenny Haedingz, SWE, dec. Marlen Esparza, Houston, Texas/USA, 10-2
119 lbs: Cynthia Moreno, Guadalupe, Ariz./USA dec. Svud-Erdene Oyungerel, MGL, 15-3
125 lbs: Edina Pezdany, HUN, dec. Alexandria Cardenas, San Angelo, Texas/USA, 7-5 

Sunday, November 23
Preliminary Bouts

154 lbs: Arianne Fortin, CAN, stopped Grace Parks, Bellingham, Wash./USA, RSC-1 (2:00)
165 lbs: Meredith Della Giustina, Versailles, Ky./USA dec. Yuldus Matmakulova, KAZ, 13-6
189 lbs: Tiffanie Hearn, Louisville, Ky./USA dec. Sylwia Kuziak, POL, 12-2 

Saturday, November 22
Preliminary Bouts

110 lbs: Si Yuan Li, CHN, dec. Cheryl Houlihan, Santee, Calif./USA, 10-1
119 lbs: Cynthia Moreno, Phoenix, Ariz./USA dec. Cindy Metz, GER, 10-4