(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Team USA returned home today with two first place team trophies in hand, following a dominant performance in two international competitions. On Thursday evening in Salinas, Puerto Rico, Olympic Cup action came to a close. The United States won five gold, one silver on the final day of their Puerto Rican visit.
Light flyweight Leroy Davila (New Brunswick, N.J.) set the tone for the evening with a resounding 3-0 championship victory over Puerto Rico’s Harold Lopez. During the past several weeks in Puerto Rico, Davila won gold in both international tournaments and exemplified leadership in and out of the ring. This is Davila’s third international medal of 2013.
Flyweight Shawn Simpson’s (Chicago, Ill.) extensive international experience was evident in an action-packed bout with 2012 Puerto Rican Olympian Jantony Ortiz. Simpson lost a close 2-1 decision to claim the silver medal. It was the second face-off of Simpson and Ortiz in just two weeks on Ortiz’s home soil, following their championship bout in the Cheo Aponte Tournament last week.
If flyweight Virginia Fuchs’ (Kemah, Texas) second round TKO in the preliminaries did not make a statement, her championship night definitely affirmed her expertise. Fuchs claimed her gold medal early by defeating Janet Gowitz of Puerto Rico in a first round TKO. During her time in Puerto Rico, Fuchs never heard the closing bell of a final round – she impressively stopped every opponent with a TKO.
Light welterweight Jose Alday (Odessa, Texas) finished his first international experience with a championship victory against Jose Lopez of Puerto Rico. A newcomer to USA Boxing’s National Team, Alday exceled in Puerto Rico and will depart with a gold and silver medal in the two Puerto Rican tournaments.
After an early elimination from Cheo Aponte, middleweight Le’Shawn Rodriquez (Shirley, N.Y.) rebounded strongly to claim gold on Thursday evening. Rodriquez defeated Lucas Martins of Brazil in a unanimous decision.
Championship night closed on an exciting note with super heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) winning gold over Clayton Lavien of the Virgin Islands. Along with Davila and Fuchs, Awesome went undefeated in Puerto Rico with two gold medals. Awesome has received notable attention lately for his 15-0 winning streak in 2013. He has captured two national and international titles since returning to boxing action in April.
USA Boxing International Teaching Coach Pedro Roque (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Kevin Benford (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Steve Rivera (Somerset, N.J.) served as the coaching staff in Puerto Rico with Dr. Nicholas Piantanida (Colorado Springs, Colo.) working as the Team Physician. After a week-long training camp and back-to-back competitions, Team USA returns to recuperate and continue its strong forward momentum towards the Men’s World Championships later this year.