(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – USA Boxing’s youth men have a big year head in 2014 with both the Youth World Champions and Youth Olympic Games on the docket for the 17 and 18-year-old athletes. International action for the age division begins this week with the Nikolay Pavlyukov Memorial Youth International Tournament in Anapa, Russia, February 19-24. The United States squad held the second half of their preparatory training camp for the event in Russia, working out with boxers from top nations such as Russia and Cuba.
The five boxers representing Team USA in international action are: light flyweight Nico Hernandez (Wichita, Kansas), bantamweight Carlos Balderas (Santa Maria, Calif.), lightweight Isidro Ochoa (Fresno, Calif.), super heavyweight John Luna (Milwaukee, Wis.), and super heavyweight Darmani Rock (Philadelphia, Pa.). Coaches Willie Moses (Newark, N.J.) and Andrews Soto (Phoenix, Ariz.) are guiding the youth squad in Russia.Team USA has taken full advantage of the opportunity to train with the top boxing nations, sparring with squads from Russia and Cuba in front of several other nation’s athletes in addition to regular joint training sessions and morning runs.
The Nikolay Pavlyokov Memorial technical meeting and draw will take place on Wednesday prior to the opening ceremony and first preliminary session on Thursday. Following a second day of preliminary competition on Friday, semifinal action will be contested on Saturday, and the tournament will conclude with final round competition on Sunday.