(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The Women’s Junior/Youth World Championships will be live streamed throughout the duration of the tournament in Albena, Bulgaria. The United States is competing in the tournament for the first time, September 22-29 with 11 American athletes vying for gold in the event. More than 300 athletes from 33 nations are scheduled to compete with 160 junior and 152 youth boxers registered for the tournament. The live stream of the Women’s Junior/Youth World Championships will be available at boxing.albena.bg and www.bgboxing.org.2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) made history this past summer with her historic performance in London, but she can add her first world title to her list of accomplishments in Bulgaria. She leads a talented team of athletes into World Championships action, which includes six junior and five youth female boxers from the United States. The United States squad departed for Bulgaria on September 10, and is currently completing training camp in Bulgaria prior to the general weigh-in and event draw on Sunday.
The 10 athletes who will be competing alongside Shields are: youth light flyweight Marisol Lopez (Stratford, Calif.), youth flyweight Karina Sarabia (El Monte, Calif.), youth featherweight Dida Gonzalez (Houston, Texas), welterweight Samantha Kinchen (Lexington, Ky.), junior pinweight Caitlin Orosco (Anaheim, Calif.), junior flyweight Nysja Barrientes (Las Vegas, Nev.), junior light bantamweight Ashley Perez (Sparks, Nev.), junior bantamweight Jessica Galvez (Sparks, Nev.), junior featherweight Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.), and junior lightweight Iesha Kenney (Alexandria, Va.).
Women’s Junior/Youth World Championships competition will begin on Sunday, September 22 following the official event draw in both age divisions. Preliminary action will run through Wednesday, September 25 with junior competition taking place in the afternoon and the youth women boxing in the evening. The afternoon sessions are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET/4 a.m. PT) and evening action will start at 7 p.m. local time (12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT). All of the tournament participants will enjoy a rest day on Thursday, September 26 prior to semifinals on Friday, September 27 and the event finals in both the junior and youth divisions on Saturday, September 28. The junior division championship bouts will begin at noon local time (5 a.m. ET/2 a.m. PT) and the youth final round contests will take place at 4 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT) next Saturday.
Coaches Jason Crutchfield (Flint, Mich.) , William Farris (Lexington, Ky.), Michael Newson (Las Vegas, Nev.), and Bienvenido “Benny” Roman (Brooklyn, N.Y.), will guide the U.S. boxers in Bulgaria with Dr. Larry Lovelace (Oklahoma City, Okla.) serving as the Team Physician.
The first-ever Women’s Junior/Youth World Boxing Championships were held in 2011 but the United States did not field a team. The junior members of the United States squad earned their berths at the Junior World Team Open in January and the youth athletes qualified by winning the USA Boxing Youth National Championships in April.