(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Team USA opened the 2008 AIBA World Championships with four first round bouts on the opening day of competition in Guadalajara. Three U.S. boxers recorded preliminary round victories on Saturday to move on to the second round of action.
Flyweight Adam Lopez (San Antonio, Texas) set a winning tone for his U.S. team, winning the first bout for his squad by a 10-4 margin over Germany’s Geier Dieter. Featherweight Kevin Rivers (Fort Washington, Md.) also claimed a victory in his opening round contest, winning a 16-5 decision over Ireland’s Tyrone McKenna. Light welterweight Roscoe Hill IV (Spring, Texas) was the final U.S. boxer to take the ring and he closed the day with a win, defeating Croatia’s Sandro Mrdenovic, 16-6 in opening round competition.
Light heavyweight Robert Brant (Oakdale, Minn.) dropped a 10-10 tiebreaker decision to Germany’s Artur Schmidt in his first-ever international bout.
Four members of Team USA will compete in Sunday’s preliminary round competition with light flyweight Oscar Cantu (Kingsville, Texas) taking on Mexico’s Saul Tuarez and welterweight Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas) facing off with Colombia’s Alex Theran. In evening competition, lightweight Traon Bynum (Fort Washington, Md.) will battle Cuba’s Juan Garcia while middleweight Luis Arias (Milwaukee, Wis.) will challenge Hungary’s Tamas Gumdi.
Three U.S. boxers will close preliminary round competition on Monday with bantamweight Josh Berrelleza (Riverside, Calif.) facing Ecuador’s Jonathan Valarezo in afternoon competition. The two heavyweights will be the final two boxers to compete as heavyweight Nicholas Kisner (Glen Burnie, Md.) takes on the Czech Republic’s Martin Krelina and super heavyweight Joey Dawejko battles the Virgin Island’s Clayton Laurent.
Preliminary round action will recommence on Sunday at 2 p.m. CST at the Gymnasium Lopez Mateos Arena in Guadalajara, Mexico.