(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – A team of teenage female athletes set a winning tone for their fellow USA Boxing National Team Members with five international victories and the Outstanding Boxer award at the Pirkka Tournament on Saturday in Tampere, Finland. The tournament was the first of four international competitions in the next few weeks for USA Boxing with the junior male, elite women and elite men preparing for their own battles with international foes in Ukraine, Venezuela and Puerto Rico respectively.
Fifteen-year-old pinweight Caitlin Orosco (Anaheim, Calif.) not only won a gold medal in her first international event, but also claimed the Outstanding Boxer of the Tournament award with her stellar performance in Finland. Orosco won a unanimous decision over Jasmiina Tuomilaakso of Finland in their pinweight showdown. Featherweight Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) won her gold medal with a first round stoppage victory over Finland’s Kia Konttinen. In flyweight action, Nysja Barrientes (Las Vegas, Nev.) gave home nation boxer Pinja Paasimaa of Finland a standing eight count en route to a unanimous decision win. Bantamweight Jessica Galvez (Sparks, Nev.) threw nearly 100 punches per round in her contest with Finland’s Dorins Marins to win the third bout of the tournament for Team USA by a 5-0 margin. Lightweight Iesha Kenney (Alexandria, Va.) took the final victory of the event for her United States squad, winning a unanimous decision over Elizabeth Dillion of England. Light bantamweight Ashley Perez (Sparks, Nev.) suffered the lone loss for Team USA, dropping a 5-0 decision to England’s Emma Dolan. Coach Mike Newson, Jr. (Las Vegas, Nev.) led Team USA into action with Dr. Ted Mills (Glen Cove, N.Y.) serving as the Team Physician.
All of the athletes representing Team USA in international action took part in a preparatory training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs with USA Boxing International Teaching Coach Pedro Roque prior to competition. The junior and elite men concluded camp today and the elite women will remain in Colorado Springs through Sunday.
The junior males will look to duplicate the outstanding results of their female counterparts at the Victory Tournament, May 9-12, in Uman, Ukraine. The 13-athlete squad of 15 and 16-year-old boxers all earned their spots in the team at the Junior World Team Open in January.
In the elite division, both the male and female athletes will remain on this continent for their international competitions. On Sunday, the elite females will travel to Barcelona, Venezuela for the Women’s Continental Championships, May 15-20. The squad will look to duplicate their fantastic results from 2012 when Team USA claimed six gold medals in the event.
The elite men returned home today following a three-week training camp at the Olympic Training Center and they will reconvene in Puerto Rico on May 19 for two competitions. 2012 World Champion Tiara Brown (Fort Myers, Fla.) will join the 10 men in Puerto Rico for the event. The 11-athlete team will compete in the Cheo Aponte Tournament followed by the Olympic Cup, May 28-June 6 in their first international competition after the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships. The elite men’s and women’s boxers all claimed their berths on the U.S. National Team at the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships.
The full rosters for each event can be found below and results will be disseminated following each competition.
Pirkka Tournament Results
International Team Rosters
Victory Day Tournament, Junior Boys
Women’s Continental Championships, Elite Women
Cheo Aponte Tournament/Olympic Cup, Elite Men