(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Five U.S. boxers will compete for gold in final round action at the Victory Day Tournament in Uman, Ukraine. Nine members of Team USA competed in today’s semifinal action in the junior tournament featuring elite 15 and 16-year-old boxers. The five finalists from the United States are: pinweight Jordan White (Waldorf, Md.), light flyweight Daniel Gonzalez (Moreno Valley, Calif.), light bantamweight Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.), lightweight Keoni Adric (Haleima, Hawaii) and super heavyweight Pano Tiatia (St. George, Utah).
Stevenson won his second bout of the event as well, taking a 3-0 decision over Ukraine’s Jaroslav Pishek in light bantamweight action to advance to the tournament finals. Adric faced a Polish foe in his semifinal round contest and he punched his ticket for the championship bout with a 3-0 victory over Eric Jermak of Poland.
Tiatia was the final U.S. boxer to take the ring in Ukraine and he certainly left an impression. He stopped home nation boxer Vladimir Komornij in the second round with a body shot to claim the final spot in the finals for his U.S. squad.
Flyweight Evan Sanchez (Fresno, Calif.) dropped a split decision to Ukraine’s Djachenko with bantamweight Devin Haney (Las Vegas, Nev.) losing a 3-0 bout to Andrej Levnichij of Ukraine. After victories in their tournament openers, welterweight Javier Estrada (Palmdale, Calif.) and light middleweight Alexis Rocha (Santa Ana, Calif.) each suffered semifinal losses to Ukraine. Estrada fell to Bogdan Prokopenko with Rocha being defeated by Andrej Masimenko. In middleweight action, Eric Murgia (Mission Hills, Calif.) lost his first bout of the event by a 3-0 margin to Jaroslay Dauko in their semifinal showdown.
Coaches Ed Rivas (Abilene, Texas), Willie Moses (Newark, N.J.) and Omar Sanchez (Parlier, Calif.) are guiding the U.S. squad in Ukraine with Doctor Rodney Muhammad (Washington, D.C.)
Saturday’s Semifinal Results