(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Team USA’s junior and elite men are currently training side-by-side in a final preparatory camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., but they will soon be separated by thousands of miles at two major international tournaments. The junior squad is preparing for the largest global event for their age group, the 2013 Junior Men’s World Championships in Kiev, Ukraine while their older counterparts are readying for the Men’s Continental Championships in Santiago, Chile, August 27-September 3.
Both teams will close the domestic training camp on Friday before departing for their respective international locales on Saturday. While the elite men will head directly to Chile for their event, the junior team will travel to Assisi, Italy for a 10-day European acclimation camp. The 13-athlete squad will arrive in Kiev on September 5 prior to opening tournament action on September 7 at the Kiev Palace of Sports.
The 13 young athletes that will vie for world championships gold are: pinweight Jordan White (Waldorf, Md.), light flyweight Daniel Gonzalez (Moreno Valley, Calif.), flyweight Joseph Cuelllar (Tulare, Calif.), light bantamweight Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.), bantamweight Devin Haney (Las Vegas, Nev.), featherweight Michael Nelson (Mansfield, Ohio), lightweight Keoni Adric, Jr. (Haleiwa, Hawaii), light welterweight Brandon Trejo (Napa, Calif.), welterweight Javier Estrada (Palmdale, Calif.), junior middleweight Alexis Rocha (Santa Ana, Calif.), middleweight Eric Murguia (Mission Hills, Calif.), light heavyweight Suray Mahmutovic (Daly City, Calif.), and heavyweight Pano Tiatia (St. George, Utah). Coaches Edward Rivas (San Antonio, Texas), Willie Moses (Newark, N.J.), Keoni Adric, Sr. (Haleiwa, Hawaii), and Jacob Najar (Indio, Calif.) will join the junior athletes in Italy and Ukraine. Ilya Friedman (Brooklyn, N.Y.) will serve as the squad’s Team Manager at the event with Dr. Rodney Muhammad (Colorado Springs, Colo.) working as the Team Physician.
With the Men’s World Championships still two months away, they will gear up against top foes from the Americas at the Continental Championships in Chile next week. The 10 USA Boxing National Championships competing in the event are: light flyweight Leroy Davila (New Brunswick, N.J.), flyweight Malik Jackson (Washington DC), bantamweight Eduardo Martinez (Aurora, Ill.), lightweight Kenneth Sims, Jr. (Chicago, Ill.), light welterweight Jose Alday (Odessa, Texas), welterweight Jamontay Clark (Cincinnati, Ohio), middleweight LeShawn Rodriquez (Shirley, N.Y.), light heavyweight Geremias Torres (Holyoke, Mass.), heavyweight Michael Hilton (Trenton, N.J.), and super heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas). Coaches Bienvenido “Benny” Roman (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Kenneth Sims, Sr. (Chicago, Ill.), Kevin Benford (Cincinnati, Ohio), and Edward "Mike" Murphy (Port Jeff Station, N.Y.) will guide the squad in Chile with Dr. Lucien Parrillo (Wallingford, Conn.) serving as the Team Physician. Men’s Continental Championships action will begin on August 29 and run through September 2 in Santiago, Chile.