Almestica, Clemente Win Bronze; Team USA Qualifies Five into Finals of 2019 Emil Jechev Tournament

April 04, 2019, 2:41 p.m. (ET)

Today’s semi-final bouts of the 2019 Emil Jechev Tournament was another successful day for the young American team, finishing with two bronze medals and advancing five boxers into tomorrow’s championship bouts.


Flyweight Jahmal Harvey (Oxon Hill, Md.) once again kicked off the day for Team USA with another dominating unanimous decision victory. His win over Romania’s Marian Radu placed him in his first international final against Yasen Radev of Bulgaria.


Dante Benjamin (Cleveland, Ohio) closed out the first session of the day by taking all five judges cards over Croatia’s Petar Lesmur to advance to the championship bout against Russian Vasily Kaverin.


The second session of the day saw a trio of Americans advance to tomorrow’s finale, including an impressive knockout win by Jett Blackwell (Fresno, Calif.) over Leonit Kuci of Greece. Light flyweight Angel Barrientes (Las Vegas, Nev.) and lightweight Ernesto Mercado (Pomona, Calif.) were victorious in their semifinal bouts over Italian Nicolino Platania and Welsh Ioan Croft to move on to the finals.


Armani Almestica (Orlando, Fla.) and Ralph Clemente (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) fell short of advancing to the finals of their respective weight classes, but leave Bulgaria with a bronze medal, their first international medals.


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Day 4 Results

49 kg: Angel Barrientes, Las Vegas, Nev./USA, dec. over Nicolino Platania/ITA, 5-0

52 kg: Jahmal Harvey, Oxon Hill, Md./USA, dec. over Marian Radu/ROU, 5-0

60 kg: Ernesto Mercado, Pomona, Calif./USA, dec. over Ion Croft/WAL, 3-2

64 kg: Garan Croft/WAL dec. over Armani Almestica, Orlando, Fla./USA, 4-1

75 kg: Gabriel Veocic/CRO, dec. over Ralph Clemente, Ronkonkoma, N.Y./USA, 3-2

81 kg: Dante Benjamin, Cleveland, Ohio/USA, dec. over Petar Lesmur/CRO, 5-0

91+ kg: Jett Blackwell, Fresno, Calif./USA, wins by KO over Leonit Kuci/KOS, KO-2


Day 5 Schedule

49 kg: Angel Barrientes, Las Vegas, Nev./USA, vs. Ergyunal Sabri/BUL

52 kg: Jahmal Harvey, Oxon Hill, Md./USA, vs. Yasen Radev/BUL

60 kg: Ernesto Mercado, Pomona, Calif./USA, vs. Mikhail SilenskiiRUS

81 kg: Dante Benjamin, Cleveland, Ohio/USA, vs. Vasily Kaverin/RUS

91+ kg: Jett Blackwell, Fresno, Calif./USA, vs. Damil Sharafutdinov/RUS