Daniel Gonzalez, Shakur Stevenson and Pano Tiatia Win Gold at the Victory Day Tournament in Ukraine(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Three young boxers emerged victorious on Sunday in final round action at the Victory Day Tournament in Uman, Ukraine to win gold for the United States. Light flyweight Daniel Gonzalez (Moreno Valley, Calif.), light bantamweight Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.), and heavyweight Pano Tiatia (St. George, Utah) each won their championship bouts to claim gold in the first major international tournament for all three competitors. Pinweight Jordan White (Waldorf, Md.) and lightweight Keoni Adric (Haleima, Hawaii) will both take home silver medals from the tournament following final round losses.
Stevenson won his third bout of the tournament on Sunday, closing the event with a victory over Ukraine’s Aleksandr Babij in the light bantamweight final. Gonzalez, the youngest member of the squad, took home gold with a win over Ukraine’s Dmitrij Judin. The light flyweight champion celebrated his 15th birthday just two weeks before his gold medal performance in Ukraine. Once again, Pano closed the show for the U.S. squad and he did so with a gold medal winning performance. Pano claimed the third gold medal for Team USA with a victory over Ivan Jurenko of Ukraine.
White and Adric each recorded two unanimous decision victories en route to the event finals, but fell short in their championship bouts. White dropped a pinweight contest to Jevgenij Ovsjannikov of Ukraine with Adric losing to Moldova’s Vladislav Tsuguj in lightweight final round action.
Team USA takes home 10 medals from the Victory Day Tournament, the first major international event for the Junior World Team Open champions. In addition to the three gold and two silver medals, the U.S. squad won five bronze medals in the event. The 13-athlete squad will return to Ukraine this summer for the AIBA Junior World Championships, August 17-26, in Kiev, Ukraine.
Coaches Ed Rivas (Abilene, Texas), Willie Moses (Newark, N.J.) and Omar Sanchez
(Parlier, Calif.) led the U.S. squad into action at the Victory Day Tournament. Doctor Rodney Muhammad (Washington, D.C.) traveled with the boys to Ukraine as the team physician.
Sunday's Championship Round Results
101 lbs: Jevgenij Osvajannkov, UKR, dec. Jordan White, Waldorf, Md./USA
106 lbs: Daniel Gonzalez, Moreno Valley, Calif./USA dec. Dmitrij Judin, UKR
114 lbs: Shakur Stevenson, Newark, N.J./USA dec Aleksandr Babij, UKR
132 lbs: Vladislav Tsuguj, UKR, dec. Keoni Adric, Haleima, Hawaii/USA
178+ lbs: Pano Tiatia, St. George, Utah/USA dec. Ivan Jurenko, UKR