Team USA Wins Four Golds and One Bronze; Advance Eight to Saturday's Finals

May 24, 2018, 10:21 p.m. (ET)

The fourth day of the 2018 Youth Continental Championships at the Hotel Elegante in Colorado Springs, Colo. saw the Americans win 11 of their 12 bouts, which included three championship fights.


The noon session had seven members of Team USA step into the ring, with all grabbing victories, including Aidyl Cardenas (Calexico, Calif.), Sandra Tovar (Turlock, Calif.) and Marle Wendland (Spearfish, S.D.) winning their championship bouts. The fourth gold medal came from bantamweight Iyana Verduzco (Los Angeles, Calif.).


The remaining four members to box in the noon session included Alexis Espino (Las Vegas, Nev.), Angel Martinez (Rockford, Ill.), Harley Mederos (New York, N.Y.) and Lorenzo Simpson (Baltimore, Md.) All four will look to close out their tournament run victorious on championship night this Saturday.


The evening session was another successful outing for the American delegation. Heaven Garcia (El Monte, Calif.), Otha Jones III (Toledo, Ohio), Asa Stevens (Waianae, Hawaii) and David Stevens (Reading, Pa.) punched their tickets to Saturday’s conclusion of the week-long tournament.


The final American to step into the ring today, bantamweight Jeremy Adorno (Allentown, Pa.), saw his tournament come to an end after a heartbreaking loss to Laion Souza of Brazil. Adorno will leave these championships with a bronze medal, his first international medal of his young career.


Team USA has been lead by Junior and Youth National Team Head Coach Augie Sanchez (Las Vegas, Nev.), with Timothy Back (Cincinnati, Ohio), Nora Lopez (Richmond, Texas), Eliza Olson (Redwood City, Calif.) and Chadrick Wigle (Colorado Springs, Colo.) serving as assistant coaches.


For full results from today, as well as Saturday’s bout sheet, click here.