Meet Team USA: Youth Men's Continental Championships Team

May 15, 2018, 5:19 p.m. (ET)

The 2018 Youth Continental Championships begin next week on Monday, May 21. Meet the 10 youth male boxers that will represent Team USA and be boxing for gold. 


For more information on the event, click here. 

 

 

49 kg: Angel Martinez


The 2017 USA Boxing Youth Boxer of the Year is a two-time Youth National Champion who has two international medals to his name, a silver and a bronze. The Rockford, Ill. native is coached by Jimmy Goodman and began boxing in 2010. Martinez will be looking to earn his first international title at the Continental Championships.


52 kg: Asa Stevens


Stevens followed up his 2017 Youth National title with a gold medal and boxer of the tournament award in his international debut at the Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria. Training out of the Waianae Boxing Club under Fred Pereira in Waianae, Hawaii, Stevens first began boxing at the age of 10.


56 kg: Jeremy Adorno


Adorno represented Team USA earlier this year in Bulgaria after earning his place on the High Performance squad with his victory in Salt Lake City in December. Coached by Anibal Adorno at Allentown International Boxing in Allentown, Pa., Adorno first put on a pair of gloves at the age of four.


60 kg: Harley Mederos


Mederos burst onto the international stage at the 2015 Junior World Championships, where he walked away with a bronze medal. This will mark the first international tournament of 2018 for the Brooklyn, N.Y. native. He currently trains out of Gym X under Dagoberto Mederos.


64 kg: Otha Jones III


Training out of Soul City Boxing in Toledo, Ohio under Otha Jones II, he will be looking to add to his silver medal he won earlier this year at his international debut in Bulgaria. He began boxing at the age of eight, and has boxed in over 250 bouts in his young career.


69 kg: Tristian Kalkreuth


Kalkreuth made the transition from being on last year’s Junior High Performance Team to this year’s Youth High Performance Team. The Duncanville, Texas native trains at the Irving Police Athletic League with his coach, Sean Kalkreuth. This will mark his second international tournament of the year with Team USA.


75 kg: Lorenzo Simpson


Simpson will be making his return to the international stage since his silver medal performance in Germany last year. Hailing from Baltimore, Md., Simpson currently trains under Calvin Ford and Kenny Ellis at Upton Boxing Center.


81 kg: Alexis Espino

 

Espino is a two-time Youth National Champion and currently resides in Las Vegas, Nev. Espino won his first international title earlier this year in Bulgaria. This will mark his third international tournament representing Team USA, and second of 2018. 


91 kg: David Stevens


Reading, Pa. native, David Stevens, made an impressive international debut earlier this year by winning a gold medal. Stevens trains at the East Reading Boxing Club, and will be looking for a repeat performance from Bulgaria to punch his ticket to the World Championships later this year.


91+ kg: Drake Banks


Banks grabbed a bronze medal at his international debut earlier this year in Bulgaria. The 2017 Youth National Champion is currently living in Homosassa, Fla. and trains under Don Banks, John Brown and Anthony Vasquez.