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USA Boxing

2008 Youth World Championships Action to Kick off on Saturday

Oct. 24, 2008, 5:16 p.m. (ET)
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) - The opening bout of the 2008 Youth World Championships is less than 24 hours away and the U.S. team is prepped and ready for the first major international event following the 2008 Olympic Games. Team USA traveled South to Guadalajara on Tuesday following an eight day training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

The event draw will take place on Saturday following the official weigh-in for all of the competitors. The United States is one of only five countries to enter a full squad, joining Cuba, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey in fielding an 11-man team. Over 350 boxers from 68 nations are registered for the 2008 Youth World Championships, which features the  top 17 and 18-year-old boxers from across the globe.

The AIBA Youth World Championships replaces the Junior World Championships, which was held for the first time in 1979 and ran through the 2006 event in Agadir, Morocco. Light welterweight Juan McPherson (Cleveland, Ohio) was the last U.S. boxer to claim gold at the event, winning the 2002 edition to break a 15-year drought for U.S. boxers at the tournament.

Three international competitors from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, are scheduled to compete with bantamweight Furkan Memis Ulas of Turkey, featherweight Oscar Valdez Fierro of host country Mexico and featherweight Luis Porozo of Ecuador all vying for gold in Guadalajara.

AIBA, the international federation for amateur boxing, will have live scoring of the event on their website at, for all interested parties to watch.  

The 11 boxers representing the United States are: light flyweight Oscar Cantu (Kingsville, Texas), flyweight Adam Lopez (San Antonio, Texas); bantamweight Joshua Berrelleza (Riverside, Calif.); featherweight Kevin Rivers (Fort Washington, Md.); lightweight Traon Bynum (Fort Washington, Md.); light welterweight Roscoe Hill IV (Spring, Texas); welterweight champion Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas);  middleweight Luis Arias (Milwaukee, Wis.); light heavyweight Robert Brant (Oakdale, Minn.); heavyweight champion Nicholas Kisner (Glen Burnie, Md.); and super heavyweight Joey Dawejko (Philadelphia, Pa.).

The event will be the World Championship competition for 10 of the 11 boxers competing in Guadalajara. Team Captain Luis Arias (Milwaukee, Wis.) claimed a silver medal at the 2006 Cadet World Championships, an event for 15 and 16-year-olds.

2000 Olympic Coaches Candy Lopez (San Jose, Calif.) and Israel Acosta (Milwaukee, Wis.) as well as Bill Meartz (Portland, Ore.) will lead the team into action in Guadalajara. 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.

2008 AIBA Youth World Championships Schedule


Saturday, October 25

11 a.m. - Event Draw
2 p.m. & 7 p.m. - Preliminary Round Action, Gymnasium Lopez Mateos Arena

Sunday, October 26

2 p.m. & 7 p.m. - Preliminary Round Action, Gymnasium Lopez Mateos Arena

Monday, October 27

2 p.m. & 7 p.m. - Preliminary Round Action, Gymnasium Lopez Mateos Arena

Tuesday, October 28

2 p.m. & 7 p.m. - Preliminary Round Action, Gymnasium Lopez Mateos Arena

Wednesday, October 29

2 p.m. & 7 p.m. - Preliminary Round Action, Gymnasium Lopez Mateos Arena

Thursday, October 30


Friday, October 31

6 p.m. - Semifinal Round Action, Gymnasium Lopez Mateos Arena

Saturday, November 1

4 p.m. - Final Round Action, Gymnasium Lopez Mateos Arena