Team USA Splits Opening Day Bouts at Junior Worlds
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Team USA’s Devin Haney (Las Vegas, Nev.) earned a split decision victory in his first bout at the 2013 AIBA Junior World Championships in Kiev, Ukraine on Sunday to take the first victory of the tournament for the United States. Pinweight Jordan White (Waldorf, Md.) didn’t enjoy the same success in his opening contest, dropping his World Championships debut by split decision.
Haney earned a 2-1 victory over Azerbaijan’s Elmaddin Ismaylov in their bantamweight preliminary contest on Sunday, advancing the American boxer on to a second round contest with Sabyrzhan Abilov of Kazakhstan on Tuesday afternoon.
In pinweight action, White dropped a 2-1 decision to Kazakhstan’s Alimzhan Beskempir in their first round match-up, which was the first United States bout of the event. The loss eliminates White from the tournament.
Monday’s action will feature five United States bouts with flyweight Joseph Cuellar (Tulare, Calif.) and welterweight Javier Estrada (Palmdale, Calif.) both competing in the early session of action at the Kiev Palace of Sports. Cuellar will face off with Gagik Pozoyan of Georgia and Estrada will take on Ukraine’s own Andrii Terekheria.
The evening session will showcase light flyweight Daniel Gonzalez (Moreno Valley, Calif.) in a match-up with Hungary’s Tar Sandor as well as a featherweight showdown between Michael Nelson (Mansfield, Ohio) and Lithuania’s Deividas Mikalauskas. Alexis Rocha (Santa Ana, Calif.) will be the final U.S. boxer to compete in the second day of boxing as he faces off with Xheison Tusha of Albania.
Junior World Championships preliminary round action will continue through Friday with medal round competition taking place on Saturday and the championship bouts being contested on Sunday. Twelve United States boxers remain in contention for a medal at the event, which takes place every two years.
For those interested in watching the action, the Ukrainian Federation is streaming all of the competition live via this link: http://fbu.net.ua/wc2013/wclive.
Coaches Edward Rivas (San Antonio, Texas), Willie Moses (Newark, N.J.), Keoni Adric, Sr. (Haleiwa, Hawaii), and Jacob Najar (Indio, Calif.) are serving as the team coaches for the United States team. Ilya Friedman (Brooklyn, N.Y.) is the squad’s Team Manager at the event with Dr. Rodney Muhammad (Colorado Springs, Colo.) working as the Team Physician.
101 lbs: Alimzhan Beskempir, KAZ, dec. Jordan White, Waldorf, Md./USA, 2-1
119 lbs: Devin Haney, Las Vegas, Nev./USA dec. Elmaddin Ismaylov, AZE, 2-1