Middleweight Shawn Estrada Opens the 2008 Olympic Games with a First Round Victory

Oct. 06, 2008, 11:48 a.m. (ET)

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(BEIJING, CHINA) – Inspired by his ailing father, Juan Estrada, thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, Calif., middleweight Shawn Estrada (E. Los Angeles, Calif.) recorded a 10-2 victory over Argentina’s Ezequiel Maderna in opening round action.The bout was a rematch of the finals from the second Americas Qualifier in Guatemala where Estrada defeated Maderna by a 4-1 margin.

The 23-year-old entered the Workers Indoor Arena to loud applause from the crowd, and rewarded the audience with a strong performance. Boxing out of the red corner, Estrada dictated the pace through the early-going. He used strong combinations and movement to outbox the taller Maderna in the first round, moving out to a 3-0 lead. “I had already felt what he had and what he was going to bring. I kept my composure and finished the rounds ahead on points,” Estrada said.”

He continued to control the action in the second, holding Maderna scoreless through the :40 mark of the bout to take a 7-1 advantage at the halfway mark of the bout. His pace slowed in the third round of action, with the two boxers circling one another and holding in spurts. With one round remaining, Estrada enjoyed an 8-2 advantage. He returned to form in the fourth, utilizing strong movement and crisp straight, punches to claim a 10-2 final victory and a spot in the second round.

“I appreciate my whole family being here, I appreciate the big support. I thank my father who couldn’t be here with us. He’s in Los Angeles, he’s ill. I’m fighting for him and my daughter, that’s what I do.” Estrada said.

Olympic Head Coach Dan Campbell was pleased with Estrada’s performance and felt he followed through with plan. “We really wanted him to work on his 1-2 punch and move to the right. This guy has longer arms that Shawn, but he doesn’t know how to use his reach as well as Shawn does.” Campbell said. “Shawn is much stronger, and whenever the guy thought he was in position, we wanted to make him reset and Shawn executed very well.

Estrada will enjoy a full week of rest before returning to the ring on Saturday, August 16, when he will face James Degale of Great Britain.

Two U.S. boxers will compete in their opening contests of the tournament on Sunday night at the Workers Indoor Arena in Beijing. Light welterweight Javier Molina (Commerce, Calif.) will face Bulgaria’s Boris Georgiev in the second bout of evening action. Welterweight World Champion Demetrius Andrade (Providence, R.I.) will battle Georgia’s Kakhaber Jvania of Georgia later in the evening session.