The fourth edition of the Emil Jechev Youth & Junior Memorial Tournament got underway today with Team USA going 3-0 in Botevgrad, Bulgaria.
The day started with flyweight Jahmal Harvey (Oxon Hill, Md.) putting on a dominating performance over Ukraine’s Yarosl Shevchenko to take all five judges cards in his international debut for Team USA.
Bantamweight Marcel Barlatier (Miami Gardens, Fla.) continued the young American teams impressive debuts with his own unanimous decision victory over Ivan Gorda of Russia.
Dante Benjamin (Cleveland, Ohio) picked up the American’s third win of the day by way of unanimous decision over Russian Isakov Muhammad. This also marked the light heavyweights international debut for Team USA.
Barlatier and Harvey will return to the ring on Wednesday, while Benjamin will box again on Thursday.
Three more boxers will make their international debut for USA Boxing, including light flyweight Angel Barrientes (Las Vegas, Nev.), lightweight Ernesto Mercado (Pomona, Calif.) and welterweight Amari Jones (Antioch, Calif.) All three boxers will be competing in the days final session, which will begin at 9:30 a.m. MST. Follow the live stream by clicking here.
Team USA sent a team of 10 boxers to Botevgrad, Bulgaria, with all 10 making their international debuts. The team is under the guidance and direction of USA Boxing National Junior and Youth Coach Augie Sanchez (Las Vegas, Nev.), with Adonis Frazier (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Pete Rojas (Grand Prairie, Texas) serving on the coaching staff. Liz Podominick (Colorado Springs, Colo.) is serving as Team Manager.
Day 1 Results
52 kg: Jahmal Harvey, Oxon Hill, Md./USA, dec. over Yarosl Shevchenko/UKR, 5-0
56 kg: Marcel Barlatier, Miami Gardens, Fla./USA, dec. over Ivan Gorda/RUS, 5-0
81 kg: Dante Benjamin, Cleveland, Ohio/USA, dec. over Isakov Muhammad/RUS, 5-0
Day 2 Schedule
49 kg: Angel Barrientes, Las Vegas, Nev./USA, vs. Ioannis Evmorfiadis/GRE
60 kg: Ernesto Mercado, Pomona, Calif./USA, vs. Gabov Daniil/RUS
69 kg: Amari Jones, Antioch,Calif./USA, vs. Nikita Nikitin/RUS