(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – USA Boxing’s bright future was on display this afternoon at the 2014 Youth Continental Championships in Quito, Ecuador. Team USA won seven gold and three silver medals in today’s final round action at the Julio Cesar Hidalgo Coliseum. The United States’ Caitlin Orosco (Anaheim, Calif.), Antonio Vargas (Kissimmee, Fla.), Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.), Martha Fabela (Oakland, Calif.), Charles Conwell (Cleveland, Ohio), Matthew Mollet (Port Orchard, Wash.), and Darmani Rock (Philadelphia, Pa.) all took 2014 Youth Continental Championships titles in Ecuador.
Two female junior world champions, Orosco and Gonzalez, added youth continental championships to their ever-growing resumes in Sunday’s final round action. Orosco battled Argentina’s Alyelen Espinosa in the flyweight championship bout, winning a unanimous decision victory in her first international youth bout. Gonzalez claimed a unanimous decision in her championship bout on Sunday as well. She defeated the Dominican Republic’s Dalin Carderon in lightweight action to take the gold medal.
In men’s flyweight action, Vargas won a second straight unanimous decision victory in his championship bout with Juan Camacho of Puerto Rico. The win gives the 2013 USA Boxing youth national champion another international gold medal following success in last year’s action.
Team USA took both the male and female middleweight titles with unanimous decision wins from Conwell and Fabela. The 2014 Youth Continental Championships were the first major international event for both boxers but that didn’t deter either from taking the top spot on the medal podium. Conwell closed his run to gold with a 3-0 victory over host nation boxer Ariel Ruiz of Ecuador in final round action while Fabela defeated Ecuador’s Alexandra Oviedo.
The United States swept both heavyweight bouts as well with final round victories from heavyweight Mollet and super heavyweight Rock. Mollet won a 3-0 victory over Ecuador’s David Loor in his international debut to take heavyweight gold. Rock bounced back from a recent international loss in Russia with a 3-0 win in his super heavyweight showdown with Argentina’s Kevin Espinola.
Light flyweight Nico Hernandez (Wichita, Kansas) dropped a 3-0 decision to host nation boxer Carlos Chusin of Ecuador in their final round contest on Sunday. In the light welterweight division, Mexico’s William Zepeda took a 2-1 split decision over the United States’ Jonathan Navarro (Los Angeles, Calif.). Light heavyweight Bobby Harris (Worcester, Mass.) fell by unanimous decision to Ecuador’s Edrick Chala in his first international contest. All three U.S. boxers took home silver medals from the 2014 Youth Continental Championships.
In addition to the final round competitors, bantamweight Carlos Balderas (Santa Maria, Calif.) and lightweight Isidro Ochoa (Fresno, Calif.) each claimed bronze medals in Ecuador. Twelve of the 13 U.S. competitors won medals in the even, giving the United States the team trophy in the key continental event.
Coaches Ed Rivas (Abilene, Texas), Jacob Najar (Indio, Calif.) and Willie Moses (Newark, N.J.) led the United States squad in Quito with Dr. John Drye (Plains, Mont.) serving as the team physician.
U.S. Final Round Results
108 lbs/male: Carlos Chusin, ECU, dec. Nico Hernandez, Wichita, Kansas/USA, 2-1
112 lbs/female: Caitlin Orosco, Anaheim, Calif./USA dec. Alyelen Espinosa ARG, 3-0
114 lbs/male: Antonio Vargas, Kissimmee, Fla./USA dec. Juan Camacho PUR, 3-0
132 lbs/female: Jajaira Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif./USA dec. Dalin Carderon, DOM, 3-0
141 lbs/male: William Zepeda, MEX, dec. Jonathan Navarro, Los Angeles, Calif./USA, 2-1
165 lbs/female: Martha Fabela, Oakland, Calif./USA dec. Alexandra Oviedo, ECU, 3-0
165 lbs/male: Charles Conwell, Cleveland, Ohio/USA dec. Ariel Ruiz ECU, 3-0
178 lbs/male: Edrick Chala, ECU, dec. Bobby Harris, Worcester, Mass./USA, 3-0
201 lbs/male: Matthew Mollet, Port Orchard, Wash./USA, dec David Loor, ECU, 3-0
201+ lbs/male: Darmani Rock, Philadelphia, Pa./USA dec Kervin Espinola, ARG, 3-0