Team USA Goes Undefeated on the First Day of Action at the 2013 Womens Continental Championships
SPRINGS, COLO.) – USA Boxing’s string of international competition has moved
south to Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela for the 2013 Women’s Continental
Championships, May 16-19, and United States boxers continue to rack up
international victories. Team USA put on a show on the first day of
competition in Venezuela, winning all six of the squad’s bouts. Light
flyweight Elisha Halstead (Philadelphia, Pa.), flyweight Marlen
Esparza (Houston, Texas), lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle,
Wash.), light welterweight Bertha Aracil (Yonkers, N.Y.),
middleweight Franchon Crews (Baltimore, Md.) and
heavyweight Denise Rico (Los Angeles, Calif.) all won their
bouts on Thursday night in Venezuela.
made her international debut on Thursday and she didn’t miss a beat in her bout
with Brazil’s Margareth Diaz. The light flyweight won a 15-5 decision
over Diaz to move on to a semifinal bout with Tayonis Cedeno of
Venezuela on Saturday.
an Olympic bronze medalist, competed in her first international bout of the
year in Venezuela, taking on Colombia’s Valencia Ingrid. Esparza
won a 19-12 decision to advance to a semifinal round contest with
Canada’s Mary Bujold.
Olympic teammate Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) was the
second U.S. boxer of the night to battle a Brazilian opponent. Underwood
enjoyed success as well, winning a 24-16 decision over Aline
Santana in first round action. As she is competing in the largest
weight class in the tournament, Underwood will now face Stephanie
Walker of Canada in quarterfinal action today.
doesn’t boast the same international experience as Esparza and Underwood, but
that didn’t stop the towering light welterweight from putting on an impressive
performance in her first bout in Venezuela. She defeated Ingle Charles of
Trinidad by a 26-4 margin to earn a berth in the semifinal round where she will
face Maria Ortega of Bolivia.
middleweight action, Crews, a previous Women’s Continentals champion, defeated
Brazil’s Bastieri Danieli, 18-10, in their quarterfinal bout.
Crews will return to the ring on Saturday for semifinal action to face Francelis
Carmona of Venezuela.
Rico (Los Angeles, Calif.) was the final U.S. boxer to compete in
first day action in Venezuela and she continued the winning streak in
dominating fashion. Rico stopped Kemara Stuart of Barbados in
the third round of their four round contest to advance to Sunday’s finals. She
will battle Diosmary Matutes of Venezuela for the gold medal.
Wolf (San Diego, Calif.) and light heavyweight Tiffanie
Hearn (Oxnard, Calif.) will compete for the first time today, facing
Venezuela’s Carolina Quevado and Trinidad’s Chimere
Taylor respectively. Bantamweight Christina Cruz (New
York, N.Y.) received a first round bye and will take on Brazil’s Marcia
Silva on Saturday. Featherweight Jennifer Hamann (Seattle,
Wash.) will make her tournament debut on Saturday as well, facing Caroline
Veyre of Canada.
U.S. Olympic Coach Israel Acosta (Milwaukee, Wis.), Benny
Roman (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Eugene Hart (Philadelphia,
Pa.) are serving as the U.S. coaches for the 2013 Women’s Continental
than 60 athletes from 15 countries are competing in the event in all 10 women’s
weight divisions. The women’s continental championships is the third
international event in the last three weeks for USA Boxing with U.S. junior
athletes winning a combined 16 medals, including eight gold, in the Prikka and
Victory Day Tournaments earlier in the month. The elite men will be the final
group to compete with 10 male athletes heading to Puerto Rico on Sunday.
Thursday's U.S. Results
106 lbs: Elisha Halstead, Philadelphia, Pa./USA dec. Margareth Diaz, BRA, 15-5
112 lbs: Marlen Esparza, Houston, Texas/USA dec. Valencia Ingrid, COL, 19-12
132 lbs: Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash./USA dec. Aline Santana, BRA
141 lbs: Bertha Aracil, Yonkers, N.Y./USA dec. Ingle Charles, TRI, 24-6
165 lbs: Franchon Crews, Baltimore, Md./USA dec. Bastieri Danieli, BRA, 18-10
178+ lbs: Denise Rico, Los Angeles, Calif./USA stopped Kemara Stuart, BAR, RSC-3