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Boxers Mikiah Kreps, Rashida Ellis Earn Bronze Medals At World Championships Debut

By Karen Price | Oct. 12, 2019, 12:27 p.m. (ET)

Rashida Ellis (R) at the Pan American Games Lima 2019 on July 30, 2019 in Lima, Peru. 

Bantamweight Mikiah Kreps and lightweight Rashida Ellis both earned bronze medals while heavyweight Danielle Perkins is moving on to the championship bout at the at the 2019 Elite Women’s World Championships for boxing.

Both Ellis and Kreps made their world championship debuts in Ulan Ude, Russia.

Kreps, of Niagara Falls, New York, made her international debut on the second day of competition in Ulan Due on Oct. 4, taking all five judges’ cards in her bout against Uzbekistan’s Ferangiz Khoshimova.

She went on to win a big 4-1 decision and upset No. 2 seed Karina Tazabekova of Russia to advance to the quarterfinals against sixth seed Dina Zholaman of Kazakhstan. Again, Kreps took a 4-1 victory, securing a berth in the semifinals and, because there are no third-place bouts, a medal. Kreps’ run ended there against France’s Caroline Cruveillier, who just slipped past the American with a 3-2 victory.

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In the lightweight competition, Ellis, of Lynn, Massachusetts, fell to Brazil’s Beatriz Iasmin Ferreira in the semifinals on Saturday to take the bronze medal.

Also a bronze medalist at the Pan American Games in August, Ellis had beaten Italy’s Francesca Amato 5-0 to advance to the 60 kg. quarterfinal, and then defeated Thailand’s second-seeded Sudaporn Seesondee 4-1 to advance to the semifinal. 

Perkins, who is from Houston, will go for gold on Sunday after winning bronze at last year’s world championships in New Delhi, India. She defeated Belarus’ Katsiaryna Kavaleva in Saturday’s semifinals.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic and Paralympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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