20 Team USA Boxers Head to Tegucigalpa, Honduras for 2017 Continental Championships

June 07, 2017, 1:36 p.m. (ET)

 

20 members of Team USA’s Men’s and Women’s Elite High Performance Team departed for Tegucigalpa, Honduras today to compete for gold at the 2017 Continental Championships, beginning June 10 at the Coliseum Nacional de Ingenieros. The members of the team have been training for the tournament since May 7th at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.


The U.S. delegation includes 2017 Felix Stamm silver medalist Wendy Casey (Buffalo, N.Y.); three-time Continental Championship medalist Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.); 2017 Strandja Tournament and Felix Stamm Champion Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas); 2016 Youth World Champion and 2017 Chemistry Cup silver medalist Delante Johnson (Cleveland, Ohio); two-time Continental Champion and 2016 Olympian Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.); 2017 Chemistry Cup Champion Duke Ragan (Cincinnati, Ohio); 2017 Chemistry Cup silver medalist Freudis Rojas Jr. (Las Vegas, Nev.) and 2017 Strandja Tournament Champion Stacia Suttles (Bronx, N.Y.). A complete roster is listed below.


The 2017 AMBC American Continental Championships will also see the international debut of light flyweight Jacquelyn Cuddeback (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), welterweight Stephanie Malone (Louisville, KY) heavyweight Danielle Perkins (Houston, Texas) for the Elite Women, and light heavyweight Kiante Irving (Ambridge, Pa.) and heavyweight Adrian Tillman (Colorado Springs, Colo.) from the Men’s Elite team.


This year’s championships will be the only qualification event for the 2017 Elite Men’s World Championships later this year in Hamburg, Germany, where they will need to finish in the top six of their weight class to qualify.


The 10 men representing Team USA will all be looking to qualify for their first Elite World Championships, with Fernando Martinez (Phoenix, Ariz.), Johnson and Rojas the only members having World Championship experience after representing Team USA at last year’s Youth World Championships in Russia.


Team USA will be guided through these championships by Head Coach Billy Walsh (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Resident Coach  Kay Koroma (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Assistant Coaches Joe Guzman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Jeff Mays (San Antonia, Texas) and Augie Sanchez (Las Vegas, Nev.), and National Teams Strength and Conditioning Coach Jose Polanco (Colorado Springs, Colo.).


In addition to the 20 boxers and coaching staff, Matt Johnson, High Performance Director; Dr. Steve Lebhar, Team Physician; Bobby Gaisford, Team ATC; Kevin Kotsko, Team ATC; Rob Skinner, Sports Nutritionist; and Karen Cogan, Sports Psychologist, are also attending as part of Team USA’s staff.


The championships will begin on June 10 with the official draw, opening ceremony and first round of preliminaries. For complete coverage of this year’s Continental Championships, continue to check usaboxing.org and follow USA Boxing on social media for behind-the-scenes coverage from Honduras. 

 

Team USA Roster

Jacquelyn Cuddeback, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 48 kg

Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas, 51 kg

Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y., 54 kg

Wendy Casey, Buffalo, N.Y., 57 kg

Mikaela Mayer, Los Angles, Calif., 60 kg

Stacia Suttles, Bronx, N.Y., 64 kg

Stephanie Malone, Louisville, Ky., 69 kg

Oshae Jones, Toledo, Ohio, 75 kg

Krystal Dixon, New Rochelle, N.Y., 81 kg

Danielle Perkins, Houston, Texas, 81+ kg

Efrain Sanchez, Garden City, Kan., 49 kg

Fernando Martinez, Phoenix, Ariz., 52 kg

Duke Ragan, Cincinnati, Ohio, 56 kg

Delante Johnson, Cleveland, Ohio, 60 kg

Freddy Rojas, Las Vegas, Nev., 64 kg

Quinton Randall, Katy, Texas, 69 kg

Troy Isley, Alexandria, Va., 75 kg

Kiante Irving, Ambridge Pa., 81 kg

Adrian Tillman, Colorado Springs, Colo.,91 kg

Nkosi Solomon, Brooklyn, N.Y., 91+ kg