(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The final international competition of a four-event month for USA Boxing is set to begin preliminary round action tomorrow in Santiago, Puerto Rico. A team of 12-athletes is representing the United States in the first of two events in Puerto Rico over the next week. The Cheo Aponte tournament draw took place today in Santiago and three U.S. boxers will kick off the competition with bouts on Wednesday.
Bantamweight Eduardo Martinez (Aurora, Ill.), lightweight Luis Sedano (Duarte, Calif.) and welterweight Jamontay Clark (Cincinnati, Ohio) will open tournament action for the United States squad on Wednesday with Martinez and Clark facing Puerto Rico and Sedano battling Barbados.
Team USA’s two female representatives, flyweight Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) and lightweight Tiara Brown (Fort Myers, Fla.) will both compete on Thursday with flyweight Shawn Simpson (Chicago, Ill.) and middleweight Le'Shawn Rodriquez (Shirley, N.Y.) boxing on the second day of action as well. Fuchs, Brown and Simpson will compete against host nation Puerto Rico in their tournament openers while Rodriguez will face a Brazilian opponent.
Friday’s competition will feature the event debuts for light welterweight Jose Alday (Odessa, Texas), light heavyweight Geremias Torres (Holyoke, Mass.) and super heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas). Alday will take on an opponent from Puerto Rico while Torres and Awesome challenge Brazilian foes.
Light flyweight Leroy Davila (New Brunswick, N.J.) will have to wait until final round action to compete for the first time in Puerto Rico when he will face a host nation boxer for the gold medal.
USA Boxing International Teaching Coach Pedro Roque (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Kevin Benford (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Steve Rivera (Somerset, N.J.) are leading the United States team in Puerto Rico with Dr. Nicholas Piantanida (Colorado Springs, Colo.) joining the squad as the Team Physician.
The U.S. competitors will remain in Puerto Rico following the Cheo Aponte Tournament to compete in the Olympic before returning home to the United States on June 7.