Team USA Scores Two Victories on the First Day of the Cheo Aponte Tournament in Puerto Rico
SPRINGS, COLO.) – Team USA is boxing in the final tournament of a four-event
international swing this week in Caguas City, Puerto Rico. The Cheo Aponte
tournament opened competition on Wednesday and the United States earned two
victories in the day’s preliminary round action. Lightweight Luis
Sedano (Duarte, Calif.) and welterweight Jamontay Clark (Cincinnati,
Ohio) each claimed opening round victories with bantamweight Eduardo
Martinez (Aurora, Ill.) dropping a closely contested bout.
won a second round TKO over T. Faxley from Barbados in his
first international contest. He will battle host nation boxer D.
Zarrila of Puerto Rico in his second bout of the tournament. Clark
faced off with Puerto Rico’s Luis Sanchez in welterweight
action. His first round victory moves Clark on to a quarterfinal contest with
Chile’s D. Munoz. Martinez fell to Puerto Rico’s own Freddy
Ortiz in the first U.S. bout of the tournament.
USA’s two female representatives, flyweight Virginia Fuchs (Kemah,
Texas) and lightweight Tiara Brown (Fort Myers, Fla.) along
with male flyweight Shawn Simpson (Chicago, Ill.) and male
middleweight Le'Shawn Rodriquez (Shirley, N.Y.) will compete in
today’s action. Fuchs, Brown and Simpson will face host nation Puerto Rico in
their tournament openers while Rodriquez will take on a Brazilian opponent.
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.
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.
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.
U.S. competitors will remain in Puerto Rico following the Cheo Aponte
Tournament to compete in the Olympic Cup before returning home to the United
States on June 7.
123 lbs: Freddy Ortiz, PUR, dec. Eduardo Martinez, Aurora, Ill./USA
132 lbs: Luis Sedano, Duarte, Calif./USA dec. T. Faxley, BAR
152 lbs: Jamontay Clark, Cincinnati, Ohio/USA dec. Luis Sanchez, PUR