(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Team USA’s elite women opened the 2014 Continental Championships with an undefeated day in Guadalajara on Tuesday. 2012 Olympian Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) opened her run to gold with a victory over Panama’s Karol Hibbert and two-time national champion Danyelle Wolf (San Diego, Calif.) defeated Costa Rica’s Karla Rodriguez in their quarterfinal bout.
Underwood competed in the first bout of the event for her United States team and she set a promising tone with a unanimous decision victory in the first round bout. She won every round in her match-up with Hibbert to advance to a quarterfinal bout with Costa Rica’s Wendy Aranda in today’s competition.
Wolf looked to earn her first international victory of the year in her quarterfinal match-up and she was successful. She also swept all four rounds to win a 3-0 victory over Hibbert. With the win, Wolf moves on to Thursday’s semifinal competition where she will face the Dominican Republic’s Yosmira Borges.
In addition to Underwood, three more American boxers will compete in today’s action at the Pan American Volleyball Complex. Light flyweight Alex Love (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and light heavyweight Heidi Henriksen (St. Louis Park, Minn.) will each take on Canadian opponents, battling Taveena Kum and Alison Greey respectively. Light welterweight Destiny Chearino (Warwick, R.I.) will take on Argentina’s Macarena Ledesma in semifinal round action today as well.
Coaches Benny Roman (New York, N.Y.), Israel Acosta (Milwaukee, Wis.), and Juan Estrada (San Diego, Calif.) are leading the U.S. team at the Women’s Continental Championships in Guadalajara.
Tuesday’s U.S. Results
132 lbs: Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash./USA dec. Karol Hibbert, PAN, 3-0
152 lbs: Danyelle Wolf, San Diego, Calif./USA dec. Karla Rodriguez, CRC, 3-0