Queen Underwood Wins Gold at the World Combat Games

Oct. 24, 2013, 2:40 p.m. (ET)

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The United States squad won a medal of every color at the 2013 SportAccord World Combat Games this week in St. Petersburg, Russia. 2012 Olympian Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) claimed gold in the multi-sport event with a final round victory over host nation boxer Anastasia Belyakova in the last U.S. bout of tournament action. Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and male lightweight Cresencio Ramos (San Antonio, Texas) both took silver medals in the major international event. 

Underwood won her second international gold medal of the year in women’s lightweight action on Thursday night at the Yubileiny Sports Complex in St. Petersburg. She took her first World Combat Games title with a 2-0 victory over Russia’s Belyakova in the lightweight championship contest. 

Esparza lost a 3-0 decision to Russia’s Olesya Gladkova in the flyweight finale on Thursday evening to take silver in her first World Combat Games. 

In the men’s lightweight final, Ramos’ bout with Russia’s Viacheslav Shipunov was stopped in the first round due to a cut over his eye, giving the Russian a TKO victory. 

In addition to the medals won in Thursday’s action, light flyweight Leopaldo Martinez (Laredo, Texas), bantamweight Stephen Fulton, Jr. (Philadelphia, Pa.), light welterweight Nicholas Jefferson (Tacoma, Wash.), welterweight Tony Losey (Wichita, Kansas) and heavyweight Joshua Temple (St. Louis, Mo.) all won bronze in the 2013 World Combat Games. 

The World Combat Games is a multi-sport event featuring over 1300 boxers competing in 15 different disciplines. The event promotes the values of self-control, determination and technical mastery, integrating elements of culture, wisdom and friendship to create an elite sports competition in the art of combat. 

Bienvendio “Benny” Roman (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Andrews Soto (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Daniel Soto (Kissimmee, Fla.) are serving as the United States coaches in Russia with Dr. Kenneth Kurt (Franksville, Wis.) joining the squad as the Team Physician. 

U.S. Results
112 lbs/female: Olesya Gladkova, RUS, dec. Marlen Esparza, Houston, Texas/USA, 3-0

132 lbs/male: Viacheslav Shipunov, RUS, won on TKO over Cresencio Ramos, San Antonio, Texas/USA, TKO-1 (1:09)

132 lbs/female: Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash./USA dec. Anastasia Belyakova, RUS, 2-0