Virginia Fuchs and Oshae Jones Advance to Finals of 2017 Continental Championships
Flyweight Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) and middleweight Oshae Jones (Toledo, Ohio) will join teammate Danielle Perkins (Houston, Texas) in Friday’s finals of the 2017 Continental Championships, as well as picked up five bronze medals on the fourth day in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Fuchs clinched her place in the finals following her victory over Tayonis Anonis Cedeno Rojas of Venezuela. This marked Fuchs third unanimous decision victory of the tournament. She will look to capture her third international title of the year, as well as her first Continental Championships title, on Friday against Canada’s Mandy Marie Brigitte Bujold, two-time Pan American Games Champion.
Jones took the judges card from all five judges over Venezuela’s Francelis Dilmar Carmona Paez. Her victory landed her in Friday’s finals against Canada’s Tamara Thibeault. Jones is guaranteed her first international medal with her winning performance last night.
The remaining members of Team USA that stepped into the ring yesterday saw their tournament come to an end, but all five will leave these Continental Championships with a bronze medal.
Jacqueline Cuddeback (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Stephanie Malone (Louisville, Ky) picked up their first international medals after failing to take the judges cards in their respective bouts, while Stacia Suttles (Bronx, N.Y.) bronze will be her first Continental Championships medal and second international medal this year.
Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.), Krystal Dixon (New Rochelle, N.Y.) and Mikaela Mayer (Los Angles, Calif.) will had a bronze to their collection of Continental Championship medals. All three are former Continental Championship Champions.
The remaining seven members of the men’s team will look to clinch their place to this year’s Elite Men’s World Championships with wins later today, as well as secure a medal and place in tomorrow’s semifinals.
This year’s Continental Championships have served as the only qualification for the Elite Men’s World Championships later this year in Germany. Head Coach Billy Walsh (Colorado Springs, Colo.) has been leading the American’s all week, as well as Resident Coach Kay Koroma (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Assistant Coaches Joe Guzman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Jeff Mays (San Antonio, Texas) and Augie Sanchez (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Team USA Results
48 kg: Kim Clavel/CAN dec. over Jacqueline Cuddeback, Cedar Rapids, Iowa/USA, 5-0
51 kg: Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas/USA dec. over Tayonis Anaonis Cedeno Rojas/VEN, 5-0
54 kg: Leonela Sanchez/ARG dec. over Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y./USA, 4-1
60 kg: Caroline Veyre/CAN dec. over Mikaela Mayer, Los Angeles, Calif./USA, 3-2
64 kg: Dayana Erika Johanna Sanchez/ARG dec. over Stacia Suttles, Bronx, N.Y./USA, 4-1
69 kg: Nisa Rodriguez/PUR dec. over Stephanie Malone, Louisville, Ky./USA, 3-2
75 kg: Oshae Jones, Toledo, Ohio/USA dec. over Francelis Dilmar Carmona Paez/VEN, 5-0
81 kg: Marija Curran/CAN dec. over Krystal Dixon, New Rochelle, N.Y./USA, 5-0