Junior World Team Open Champions are Crowned in Reno

Jan. 12, 2013, 12:29 p.m. (ET)

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The first-ever Junior World Team Open concluded with thirteen championship bouts on Friday at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev. All of the victors in the evening’s action earned the opportunity to represent the United States at the 2013 AIBA Junior Men’s World Championship in August in Kiev, Ukraine. 

Boxers from eight different states won titles on Friday night with California athletes taking the largest number of victories on the night, but a wide range of visiting boxers enjoyed success as well. It was a non-west coast boxer taking the first victory of the night. Pinweight Jordan White (Waldorf, Md.) kicked off the evening with a win in his bout with Szel Martinez (Ontario, Ore.). White took a 17-9 victory over Martinez in the championship round opener to claim the first spot on the World Championships team. 

The state of California took the next two victories in final round action. Light flyweight Daniel Gonzalez (Moreno Valley, Calif.) won a 25-19 decision over Freduis Rojas (Las Vegas, Nev.) in their championship round contest and flyweight Evan Sanchez (Fresno, Calif.) claimed a 29-19 in the flyweight title bout. 

In the light bantamweight division, Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.) won a second championship for the east coast. Stevenson earned a 16-8 victory over Noah Contreras (Fort Mohave, Ariz.) to win the light bantamweight gold medal. 

The lone Nevada native pulled out a tiebreaker win in the bantamweight class to win the Junior World Team Open. Devin Haney (Las Vegas, Nev.) claimed victory with his 34-30 tiebreaker edge breaking a 10-10 tie with Isidro Ochoa (Fresno, Calif.). The tiebreaker loss ended Ochoa’s three bout winning streak in Reno. 

Featherweight Michael Nelson (Mansfield, Ohio) enjoyed a strong week of boxing in Reno as well and it culminated in a final round victory on Friday. Nelson defeated Garret Rincon (Irvine, Calif.) to take the featherweight championship. 

The state of Hawaii boasted two boxers in the tournament final in Reno and lightweight Keoni Adric Jr. (Haleiwe, Hawaii) was able to take home a gold medal in his championship round contest. Adric Jr. defeated Jose Guevara (Phoenix, Ariz.), 35-26, to win the lightweight title. 

Fellow Hawaii native, Hunter-Gabriel Manaba (Kaunakakas, Hawaii) didn’t enjoy the same success in his light welterweight title bout. It was Brandon Trejo (Napa, Calif.) taking the light welterweight crown, winning a 14-11 decision over Manaba. 

California boxers won the next four bouts in Reno, continuing the streak started by Trejo. Following his stoppage win in semifinal action, Javier Estrada (Palmdale, Calif.) won a 23-16 decision over Christopher Gonzalez (Tucson, Ariz.), for the welterweight championship. 

Junior middleweight Alexis Rocha (Santa Ana, Calif.) ended Veles Cup team member Edgar Berlanga’s (Brooklyn, N.Y.) run. Rocha won a close 11-9 decision over Berlanga to earn a spot on the World Championships team. 

In the first middleweight bout of the tournament, Eric Murguia (Sylmar, Calif.) won a 21-13 decision over Akeem Mayle (Zanesville, Ohio) to take the gold medal. 

Light heavyweight Suray Mahmutovic (Daly City, Calif.) won a convincing victory in his final round bout with Matthew Hernandez (San Antonio, Texas). Mahmutovic won the light heavyweight crown with a 23-9 victory over Hernandez.

The event closed with heavyweight action as Pano Tiatia (St. George, Utah) and Ricky Pina (Dorchester, Mass.) facing off. It was Tiatia taking the final gold medal, winning a 16-9 decision over Pina to claim the final spot on the Junior World Championships squad.

The 13 male boxers join female featherweight champion JaJaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.), who won her title on the opening day of the tournament. In addition, there were five unopposed female champions at the first Junior World Team Open. They are pinweight Caitlin Orosco (Anaheim, Calif.), flyweight Nysja Barrientes (Las Vegas, Nev.), light bantamweight Ashley Perez (Sparks, Nev.), bantamweight Jessica Galvrez (Sparks, Nev.) and lightweight Iesha Kenney (Alexandria, Va.)

Championship Round Results

101 lbs: Jordan White, Waldorf, Md., dec. Szel Martinez, Ontario, Ore., 17-9
106 lbs: Daniel Gonzalez, Moreno Valley, Calif., dec. Freudis Rojas, Las Vegas, Nev., 25-19
110 lbs: Evan Sanchez, Fresno, Calif., dec. Jospeh Cuellar, Tulare, Calif., 29-19
114 lbs: Shakur Stevenson, Newark, N.J., dec. Noah Contreras, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 16-8
119 lbs: Devin Haney, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Isidro Ochoa, Fresno, Calif., 10-10, 34-30
125 lbs: Michael Nelson, Mansfield, Ohio, dec. Garrett Rincon, Irvine, Calif., 12-7
132 lbs: Keoni Adric, Jr., Haleiwe, Hawaii, dec. Jose Guevara, Phoenix, Ariz., 35-26
138 lbs: Brandon Trejo, Napa, Calif., dec. Hunter-Gabriel Manaba, Kaunakakas, Hawaii, 14-11
145 lbs: Javier Estrada, Palmdale, Calif., dec. Christopher Gonzalez, Tucson, Ariz., 23-16
154 lbs: Alexis Rocha, Santa Ana, Calif., dec. Edgar Berlanga, Brooklyn, N.Y., 11-9
165 lbs: Eric Murguia, Slymar, Calif., dec. Akeem Mayle, Zanesville, Ohio, 21-13
176 lbs: Suray Mahmutovic, Daly City, Calif., dec. Matthew Hernandez, San Antonio, Texas, 23-9
176+ lbs: Pano Tiatia, St. George, Utah, dec. Ricky Pina, Dorchester, Mass., 16-9

Female Unopposed champions
101 lbs: Caitlin Orosco, Anaheim, Calif.

110 lbs: Nysja Barrientes, Las Vegas, Nev.

114 lbs: Ashley Perez, Sparks, Nev.

119 lbs: Jessica Galvrez, Sparks, Nev.

132 lbs: Iesha Kenney, Alexandria, Va.