Team USA Wins Three Golds and One Silver in Finals of Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament

April 06, 2018, 12:06 p.m. (ET)

Team USA put on a show during today’s finals of the Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria to win three golds and one silver.


Flyweight Asa Stevens (Waianea, Hawaii) grabbed the American’s first gold medal of the day following his victory over Karim Serkebayev of Kazakhstan. The win marked Stevens’ first international title in his international debut. His impressive week earned him Outstanding Boxer of the tournament.


David Stevens (Reading, Pa.) closed out the day for Team USA with the third and final gold medal for the young American delegation. Stevens win against Arnur Akhmerzhanov of Kazakhstan closed out an impressive international debut for the heavyweight.


The third gold medal won was awarded to light heavyweight Alexis Espino (Las Vegas, Nev.), who won by walkover over Bulgarian Daniel Luybenov. This marked Espino’s first international medal and title.


Toledo, Ohio’s Otha Jones III lost a close bout against Bulgarian Ivan Atanasov. The light welterweight’s silver medal is his first international medal, as well.


Team USA will leave the third annual tournament with a total of six medals after light flyweight Angel Martinez (Rockford, Ill.) and super heavyweight Drake Banks (Shawnee, Kan.) earned bronze in yesterday’s semifinals. The remaining members of the American delegation included Jeremy Adorno (Allentown, Pa.) and Tristian Kalkreuth (Duncanville, Texas).


The tournament marked newly appointed National Junior and Youth Coach Augie Sanchez (Las Vegas, Nev.) first tournament in this role. He was assisted throughout the week by Roger Chance (East Orange, N.J.). The team will return to the United States tomorrow.


Team USA Results

52 kg: Asa Stevens, Waianea, Hawaii/USA, dec. over Karim Serkebayev/KAZ

64 kg: Ivan Atanasov/BUL, dec. over Otha Jones III, Toledo, Ohio/USA

81 kg: Alexis Espino, Las Vegas, Nev./USA, won by walkover over Daniel Luybenov/BUL

91 kg: David Stevens, Reading, Pa./USA, dec. over Arnur Akhmerzhanov/KAZ