Meet Team USA: Youth World Championships Men's Team

Aug. 07, 2018, 10:56 a.m. (ET)

With Team USA departing for the Youth World Championships this week, here is a closer look at the eight male boxers who will box for gold in Budapest, Hungary beginning August 21.


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52 kg: Asa Stevens


Stevens, who is from Waianae, Hawaii, qualified to his first World Championships following his silver medal performance at the 2018 Youth Continental Championships in May. The 2017 Youth National Champion also earned a gold medal and boxer of the tournament award in his international debut at the Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria earlier this year.


56 kg: Jeremy Adorno


The Allentown, Pa. native punched his ticket to the World Championships after his third-place finish at 2018 Youth Continental Championships, which was his first international medal. Adorno also represented Team USA earlier this year in Bulgaria at the Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament. The 2017 Youth National Champion will be making his World Championships debut in Budapest.


60 kg: Harley Mederos


Mederos will be returning to this year’s World Championships with hopes of adding another world medal to his collection after winning bronze at the 2015 Junior World Championships. The 2018 Continental Champion will also represent Team USA and his hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y. in October at the Youth Olympic Games.


64 kg: Otha Jones III


Jones is the second member of the American delegation to have World Championship experience, having represented Team USA at the 2015 Junior World Championships. The Toledo, Ohio native will be looking to add another medal to his collection.  He won gold at the Continental Championship and silver at the Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament. Jones will also represent Team USA at the Youth Olympic Games.


69 kg: Tristan Kalkreuth


Kalkreuth, the 2017 Youth National Champion from Duncanville, Texas, will compete in his first world championships after finishing fifth at the 2018 Continental Championships. He made the transition from last year’s Junior High Performance Team to the Youth High Performance Team this year, and will be looking for his first international medal in Budapest.


81 kg: Alexis Espino


Hailing from Las Vegas, Nev., Espino will be looking for his third international gold medal of 2018, after winning gold at the Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament before his dominating first-round knockout performance at the 2018 Continental Championships this May. These World Championships will be his World Championships debut.


91 kg: David Stevens


Like Espino, Stevens (Reading, Pa.) enters this year’s World Championships with two international gold medals in 2018, one from the Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament and one from the Continental Championships. Stevens had his own impressive first-round knockout in the finals of the Continental Championships to secure his ticket to his first World Championships.


91+ kg: Drake Banks


Banks, who resides in Homosassa, Fla., will enter his first World Championships with two international medals from 2018 on his resume, with his gold medal performance at the 2018 Continental Championships earning him his spot to Budapest. Earlier this year Banks grabbed a bronze medal at his international debut at the Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament.