Meet Team USA: Women's World Championships

Nov. 13, 2018, 3:20 a.m. (ET)

 

This year’s USA delegation for the 2018 Elite Women’s World Championships in New Delhi, India is comprised of 10 talented boxers and 11 staff members. Below is a closer look at who will represent Team USA in the ring at these World Championships, as well as the team behind the team!


Boxers


48 kg: Jazzelle Bobadilla, Ewa Beach, Hawaii


Bobadilla made her international debut just a few weeks ago at the 2018 Boxam Tournament in Castellon, Spain, where she grabbed the silver medal. The 2017 Elite National Champion will be looking to make a strong World Championships debut in a weight class that includes World Champion Mary Kom.


51 kg: Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas


Since Fuchs World Championships debut in 2016, the captain of Team USA has won five international gold medals and one bronze. She will be looking to add her first World Championships medal to the two medals she has placed in her treasure chest this year.


54 kg: Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y.


Cruz is making her fourth World Championships appearance this year, to be the most experienced member of Team USA. The winner of two World Championships bronze medals (2012 and 2016),  Cruz hopes to land on the podium once again, this time with the gold around her neck.


57 kg: Rianna Rios, Colorado Springs, Colo.


Rios had an impressive international debut at the 2018 Boxam Tourament, where she won a silver medal. Now she hopes that momentum will continue into her World Championships debut and become the first women’s featherweight World Championship medalist for Team USA since 2014.


60 kg: Stacia Suttles, Bronx, N.Y.


Stacia is another member of Team USA competing in their first World Championships. Having two international medals on her resume from 2017 in the light welterweight division, Suttles hopes to earn her first international medal as a lightweight at these championships.


64 kg: Amelia Moore, Alexandria, Va.


Like many of her teammates, Moore made a statement at her international debut at the 2018 Boxam Tournament in Spain by taking the gold medal. Now in her first World Championships, Moore can continue to impress the boxing world with a medal winning performance at these championships.


69 kg: Oshae Jones, Toledo, Ohio


Jones, who is stepping into the ring at her first World Championships, does not lack international experience, having competed numerous tournaments since joining USA Boxing’s Elite High Performance Team in 2017. Jones has two international medals to her name, a silver and a bronze, and hopes to add her third in India.


75 kg: Naomi Graham, Colorado Springs, Colo.


Graham is the third member of Team USA to compete in the last edition of the Elite Women’s World Championships, which were held in 2016. The 2017 Elite National Champion will want to continue her winning ways, as she won gold at the recent Boxam Tournament in Spain, and pick up her first World Championships medal.


81 kg: Krystal Dixon, New Rochelle, N.Y.


Dixon is returning to the World Championships after representing Team USA in the 2014 World Championships in Jeju, Korea. Since those World Championships, Dixon has continued to add international success to her boxing resume, including a gold medal at the recent Boxam Tournament.


81+ kg: Danielle Perkins, Houston, Texas


Perkins is the final member of the American delegation to make their World Championships debut. The 2017 Continental and 2018 Boxam Tournament Champion is looking to extend her international winning ways in India and win her third international title.


Staff


Head Coach - Billy Walsh


Coach Billy joined Team USA in 2015 after being at the helm of his home country, Ireland’s national program for the previous 12 years. Walsh began boxing at the age of seven and would eventually represent Ireland at the 1988 Olympics. Walsh has been in charge of all training aspects of preparation leading into the tournament and will be the lead coach for Team USA throughout the tournament, being in the corner for every bout. This marks his fifth World Championships as Team USA’s Head Coach and has led USA Boxing to 15 medals in his first four World Championships.


Assistant Coach - Kay Koroma


A former amateur and professional boxer, Koroma has been coaching for over a decade and has built several national champions at the junior, youth and elite level while working with Coach Dennis Porter at the Alexandria Boxing Club in Alexandria, Va. Koroma now lives in Colorado Springs, Colo. as the National Assistant Coach and has worked multiple world championship events, as well as the 2016 Olympic Games.


Assistant Coach - Jeff Mays


Coach Mays returns to coaching at the World Championships after being a member of the coaching staff at last year’s Youth Women’s World Championships in India. The San Antonio, Texas native brings over 10 years of coaching experience to Team USA.


Assistant Coach - Marc Gargaro


Coach Gargaro is coaching at his first World Championships, however has coached with Team USA at numerous International events throughout the past two years. The Newton, Mass. native has been coaching boxing for over 10 years and currently coaches at Nonantum Boxing Club.


Strength & Conditioning Coach - Jose Polanco


Jose, a former baseball player at Bridgewater State University, joined USA Boxing full-time in 2017 as the National Teams Strength & Conditioning Coach. Prior to USA Boxing, Jose has worked with numerous sports at the collegiate level.His role is to program, implement and direct all facets of strength and conditioning program for the team leading up to the tournament, as well as continue throughout the tournament. He also helps monitor weight management and overall athlete well being in collaboration with the team dietician and sports medicine staff.


Team Manager - Liz Podominick


For the second World Championships, Podominick is serving as the Team Manager for the American delegation. The former USA Track & Field athlete, has been with USA Boxing since Oct. 2017 working in the high performance department. Throughout the training camp and tournament, she serves as the primary contact to the Local Organizing Committee, as well as support all staff and boxers in any day to day needs, so that Team USA can perform at the highest level.


Team Doctor - Dr. Deborah Light


Dr. Light will be serving as Team USA’s Team Physician throughout the tournament. During the tournament he will provide medical support to all Team USA Boxers. She will oversee any treatment and care of athlete injuries during the tournament and ensure that she manages any stitching that is required. She will also serve as the liaison between medical providers and the boxer for medical incidents throughout the tournament and communication logistic needs to the Team Leader concerning the treatment and care of the boxer.


Team Athletic Trainer - Taryn Pennington


Pennington joined the United States Olympic Committee in February of this year, and has been working with USA Boxing throughout training camps, as well as have attended a few international events with the team. During training camps and competition, her role is to work with the boxers on injury prevention and injury maintenance through athlete recovery techniques, including cupping and instrument assistant soft tissue work.

 

Team Sports Psychologist - Chris Bader


Bader began working with USA Boxing in 2018 as the National Team Sport Psychologist. Bader, who also works with athletes at the University of Colorado Boulder, is working with Team USA at his first World Championships to help enhance our boxers mental performance.


Team Dietitian - Rob Skinner


For the past three years, Rob has worked with all combat/acrobat sports with the United Sates Olympic Committee. During the lead up to these Championships, as well as throughout their time in India, he works with the boxers on weight management, educating them on what is needed to maintain weight during the World Championships.


Press Officer - Brian Taylor


USA Boxing’s Communication and Media Manager Brian Taylor returns to his third World Championships as Team USA’s Press Officer. He will be lending a hand to the team throughout the tournament to bring coverage to USA Boxing fans! Taylor will be providing social media coverage, interviews and recaps of the performance to Team USA, as well as manage any onsite media and communications activations in India. Be sure to follow USA Boxing on social media and visit usaboxing.org daily to stay up to date!


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