Team USA Prepares for the First-Ever AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships

Oct. 13, 2008, 6:37 p.m. (ET)
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - The future of amateur boxing will take center stage, October 25-November 1 at the first AIBA Youth World Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico. Eleven of the United States' top youth boxers will represent the United States in the first major international event following the 2008 Olympic Games. More than 350 boxers from 68 countries have registered to compete in the inaugural event.

The 11 team members traveled to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs on Monday, and will participate in an eight-day training camp before departing for Guadalajara on October 21.

The participants were selected at the Under-19 National Championships, August 5-9 in Kansas City, Mo. The United States team will convene at the Olympic Training Center for a preparatory training camp, October 13-21 before heading south to Guadalajara. The eleven boxers representing the United States are: light flyweight champion Oscar Cantu (Kingsville, Texas), flyweight champion Adam Lopez (San Antonio, Texas); bantamweight champion Joshua Berrelleza (Riverside, Calif.); featherweight silver medalist Kevin Rivers (Fort Washington, Md.); lightweight champion and outstanding boxer Traon Bynum (Fort Washington, Md.); light welterweight champion Roscoe Hill IV (Spring, Texas); welterweight champion Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas); U.S. Future Stars and Under 19 National Championships middleweight champion Luis Arias (Milwaukee, Wis.); light heavyweight champion Robert Brant (Oakdale, Minn.); heavyweight champion Nicholas Kisner (Glen Burnie, Md.); and super heavyweight champion Joey Dawejko (Philadelphia, Pa.).

The AIBA Youth World Championships will kick off on Saturday, October 25 with the event draw, opening ceremony and the first session of preliminary round action all taking place. Preliminary competition will continue through October 29 with the boxers enjoying a rest day on October 30. Semifinal round action will take place on October 31 and the event will conclude with championship competition on November 1. All sessions of the AIBA Youth World Championships will be contested at the Avila Camacho Gymnasium, a 5,000 seat arena in Guadalajara.

2000 Olympic Coaches Candy Lopez (San Jose, Calif.) and Israel Acosta (Milwaukee, Wis.) as well as Bill Meartz (Portland, Ore.) are scheduled to lead the team into action in Guadalajara. Barry Hunter (Fort Washington, Md.) and Stephen Blea (Denver, Colo.) are both serving as Training Camp coaches and helping to prepare the team for competition. Bobby Lee (Hayden, Colo.) will serve as Team Leader with Don De Verges (Los Angeles, Calif.) working as the AIBA official. Dr. Garth Wright (Jackson, Tenn.) will serve as the Team Physician