Meet Team USA: Youth World Championships Women's Team

Aug. 09, 2018, 10:40 a.m. (ET)

Team USA will be represented by seven females at the upcoming 2018 Youth World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Here is a closer look at who will be boxing for gold at the end of this month.

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48 kg: Sandra Tovar

Tovar, who lives in Turlock, Calif., made an impressive international debut at the 2018 Youth Continental Championships in May to earn gold and punch her ticket to her first World Championships.

51 kg: Heaven Garcia

El Monte, Calif. native Heaven Garcia will be making her third World Championships appearance, after competing at last year’s Youth World Championships and winning gold at the 2015 Junior World Championships. The 2018 Youth Continental Champion will also represent Team USA at this year’s Youth Olympic Games in October.

54 kg: Iyana Verduzco

Iyana, the 2017 Youth National Champion, represents Team USA from Los Angeles, Calif. These World Championships will mark Verduzco’s first international bout, as she won gold after being unopposed at the 2018 Youth Continental Championships.

57 kg: Isamary Aquino

This will mark Aquino’s second World Championships appearance after her impressive bronze medal performance in the bantamweight division at last year’s Youth World Championships in India. The Universal City, Texas native will be looking for a strong performance after winning gold at the Youth Continental Championships.

60 kg: Nicole Ocasio

Ocasio, who hails from Coppell, Texas, is another member of Team USA making her World Championships debut. The 2017 Youth National Champion made her international debut earlier this year at the Youth Continental Championships, and will be looking for her first international medal in Budapest.

64 kg: Aidyl Cardenas

The final member of Team USA to have World Championships experience, Cardenas will be returning to this year’s championships after being a member of the 2017 Youth World Championships team. The Calexico, Calif. local will enter these Championships with an international title to her name after taking gold at the Continental Championships.

69 kg: Marle Wendland


Wendland enters her first World Championships as the 2018 Youth Continental Champion and 2017 Youth National Championships’ silver medalist. She will be looking to win her first World Championship medal to bring back to her hometown of Spearfish, S.D.