John Luna Advances to the Championship Round at the Nikolay Pavlyukov Youth Tournament

Feb. 22, 2014, 12:12 p.m. (ET)

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The United States’ John Luna (Milwaukee, Wis.) will box for gold on Sunday in Anapa, Russia at the 2014 Nikolay Pavlyukov Memorial Youth Tournament. The 18-year-old super heavyweight won his second consecutive unanimous decision victory in Saturday’s action at the Voley Grad Sports Complex in Anapa. 

Luna took on Azerbaijan’s Magomed Ali-Takhirov in Saturday’s semifinal competition, competing in the final bout of the day. The 3-0 victory earned Luna a spot in the championship round on Sunday in Anapa. He will face a stiff test in the super heavyweight finale as he faces former European junior champion Marat Kerimkhanov of host nation Russia. 

Luna, the 2013 USA Boxing youth national champion, is the lone United States competitor remaining in contention at the Nikolay Pavlyukov tournament. He celebrated his 18th birthday on the flight from the United States to Russia and will return home with at least a silver medal for his performance in Anapa. 

Andrews Soto (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Willie Moses (Newark, N.J.) are serving as the United States coaches in Russia. 

U.S. Result
201+ lbs: John Luna, Milwaukee, Wis./USA dec. Magomed Ali-Takhirov, RUS, 3-0