Daniel Gonzalez and Shakur Stevenson Advance to the Semifinals at Junior Worlds
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Two young American boxers have clinched medals in the first World Championship event for both athletes. Light flyweight Daniel Gonzalez (Moreno Valley, Calif.) and light bantamweight Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.) each claimed quarterfinal victories on Thursday night at the Kiev Place of Sports in Kiev, Ukraine to advance to the semifinal round. Devin Haney (Las Vegas, Nev.), junior middleweight Alexis Rocha (Santa Ana, Calif.), light heavyweight Suray Mahmutovic (Daly City, Calif.) and super heavyweight Pano Tiatia (St. George, Utah) all fell short in their quarterfinal bouts, which eliminated them from the 2013 Junior World Championships.
Gonzalez claimed the first spot in the medal round for his United States squad with a victory over Tajikistan’s Umed Yakubov in light flyweight action. The 15-year-old won a unanimous decision in quarterfinal action to move on to Friday’s semifinal round. He will face Kazakhstan’s Serik Temirzhanov on Friday for a berth in the light flyweight finale.
Stevenson joined Gonzalez in the semifinals with his third victory of the tournament. He recorded a 3-0 victory over Georgia’s Valeri Bokeli in light bantamweight action on Thursday night to advance to a semifinal showdown with Bauyrzhan Termirkhan of Kazakhstan tomorrow.
Haney and Tiatia competed in their quarterfinal contests in the afternoon session on Thursday at the Kiev Palace of Sports. Both boxers dropped their bouts with Haney losing a 3-0 decision to Russia’s Suleiman Bammatov and Tiatia falling by a 3-0 margin to Armenia’s Arem Abrahamyan.
Following two convincing victories at the Junior World Championships, Rocha lost a 3-0 decision to host nation boxer Ramil Gadzhyyev of Ukraine. In light heavyweight action, Mahmutovic dropped a razor-thin, split decision to Azerbaijan’s Shukran Mehdiyev.
Since the inception of event, which initially called the Cadet World Championships, in 2011, the United States has won 15 medals (two gold, three silver and 10 bronze) in tournament competition. Frankie Gomez (E. Los Angeles, Calif.) was the last U.S. boxer to win gold, taking the bantamweight title in 2007.
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.
106 lbs: Danny Gonzalez, Moreno Valley, Calif./USA dec. Umed Yakubov, TJK, 3-0
114 lbs: Shakur Stevenson, Newark, N.J./USA dec. Valeri Bokeli, GEO, 3-0
119 lbs: Suleiman Bammatov, RUS, dec. Devin Haney, Las Vegas, Nev./USA, 3-0
154 lbs: Ramil Gadzhyyev, UKR, dec. Alexis Rocha, Santa Ana, Calif./USA, 3-0
176 lbs: Shukran Mehdiyev, AZE, dec. Suray Mahmutovic, Daly City, Calif./USA, 2-1
176+ lbs: Arem Abrahamyan, ARM, dec Pano Titaia, St. George, Utah/USA, 3-0