A Trio of U.S. Boxers Advances to Semifinal Action at the Youth World Championships

Oct. 30, 2008, 12:41 p.m. (ET)

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Three U.S. boxers have moved on to the medal round at the 2008 Youth World Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico. Flyweight Adam Lopez (San Antonio, Texas), middleweight Luis Arias (Milwaukee, Wis.) and super heavyweight Joey Dawejko (Philadelphia, Pa.) all punched their tickets for the semifinals with a quarterfinal victory on Wednesday.


Lopez was the first to move on in the tournament, winning a 12-3 decision over Orlando Felix Zapata Perez of the Dominican Republic, to claim his third victory of the tournament. Lopez will take on Puerto Rico’s Jonathan Gonzalez in semifinal action on Friday.


Arias claimed his third straight double digit victory of the tournament, winning a 14-4 decision over Oskar Lakomy of the Czech Republic. The 18-year-old American will battle Germany’s Enrico Koelling on Friday for a berth in the finals.


Once again, Dawejko recorded the final win of the day for his United States team, earning a 10-8 victory over Bauyrzhan Akshabay of Kazakhstan. Dawejko will face Ukraine’s Plevako Iegor in the semifinals on Friday.


Two U.S. boxers suffered quarterfinal losses on Wednesday with welterweight Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas) dropping an 11-4 decision to Boturjon Mahmudov of Uzbekistan while heavyweight Nicholas Kisner (Glen Burnie, Md.) lost a 5-1 bout to Kazakhstan’s Ivan Dychko.


Thursday is a rest day for all of the competitors in the event with semifinal action beginning at 8 p.m. EST on Friday.