Team USA Clinches Six Medals on Third Day of Strandja Tournament

By Brian Taylor, USA Boxing | Jan. 23, 2020, 3:50 p.m. (ET)
Team USA advanced six boxers to the semifinals of the Stranjda Tournament, guaranteeing the Americans six medals following the third day of boxing in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The flyweight duo of Christina Cruz (Hell’s Kitchen, N.Y.) and Virginia Fuchs (Houston, Texas) continued their impressive tournament run. Cruz picked up her third win of the tournament, this time by way of a 3-2 decision over Zareen Nikhat of India, while Fuchs defeated Ireland’s Ceire Smith by unanimous decision. 

Andrea Medina (San Diego, Calif.) has made the most of her international debut, clinching her first international medal and a place in tomorrow’s semifinals with her 5-0 win against Dina Bogdanova of Russia, while Naomi Graham (Fayetteville, N.C.) continues to look to repeat her gold medal performance from last year’s Strandja Tournament after winning today’s bout over Athenya Bylon of Panama, 3-2. 

Another boxer having an impressive international debut, Anthony Herrera (Los Angeles, Calif.), put on a dominating performance over Moldova’s Dmitri Suhodolshi. Herrera took all five judges’ cards, advancing him to the semifinal bout to guarantee himself at least a bronze medal. 

The sixth boxer to advance to the medal rounds, Oshae Jones (Toledo, Ohio), had an extra day of rest, as her opponent pulled out of the tournament, resulting in a walkover win for Jones. 

Four additional Team USA boxers stepped into the ring today, but saw their tournament runs end, Darius Fulghum (Houston, Texas), Rahim Gonzalez (Las Vegas, Nev.), Amelia Moore (Alexandria, Va.) and Abraham Perez (Albuquerque, N.M.). Full results can be seen below.

All six boxers remaining in the tournament will compete in the first session tomorrow, beginning at 2:00 p.m. local time. Click here to follow all the action, as well as follow USA Boxing on social media.

Day 3 Results
51 kg: Christina Cruz, Hell’s Kitchen, N.Y./USA, vs. Zareen Nikhat/IND, 3-2
51 kg: Virginia Fuchs, Houston, Texas/USA, vs. Ceire Smith/IRL, 5-0
52 kg: Anthony Herrera, Los Angeles, Calif./USA, dec. Dmitri Suhodolschi/MDA, 5-0
52 kg: Gabriel Escobar/ESP dec. over Abraham Perez, Albuquerque, N.M./USA, 4-1
57 kg: Andrea Medina, San Diego, Calif./USA, vs. Dina Bogdanova/RUS, 5-0
60 kg: Agnes Alexiusson/SWE won by walkover over Rashida Ellis, Lynn, Mass./USA, WO
60 kg: Denica Eliseeva/BUL dec. over Amelia Moore, Alexandria, Va./USA, 5-0
69 kg: Aliaksandr Radzionau/BLR won by walkover over Delante Johnson, Cleveland, Ohio/USA, WO
69 kg: Oshae Jones, Toledo, Ohio/USA, won by walkover over Christina Desmond/IRL, WO
75 kg: Naomi Graham, Fayetteville, N.C./USA, dec. over Atheyna Bylon/PAN, SD
81 kg: Stepan Hrekul/UKR dec. over Rahim Gonzales, Las Vegas, Nev./USA, 3-2
91 kg: Radoslav Pantaleev/BUL dec. over Darius Fulghum, Houston, Texas/USA, 5-0
91+ kg: Danis Latypov/BAH won by walkover over Richard Torrez Jr., Tulare, Calif./USA, WO