Team USA Women Advance to Finals; Herrera Wins Bronze

By Brian Taylor, USA Boxing | Jan. 24, 2020, 10:27 a.m. (ET)
Team USA got off to a hot start during the semifinal bouts of the 2020 Strandja Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria, advancing five boxers to the finals and winning one bronze medal.

Two-time World Championship medalists Christina Cruz (Hell’s Kitchen, N.Y.) began the day for Team USA with another impressive victory, this time over Moldova’s Iulia Coroli by way of unanimous decision, while 2019 Pan American Games silver medalists Virginia Fuchs (Houston, Texas) picked up her third win of the tournament to advance to the finals. 

Fuchs defeated Gabriele Dimitrova of Bulgaria, 4-1, to set up a finale matchup against Cruz. The two flyweights met at the recent 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Boxing, where Fuchs took both bouts by unanimous decision.

Andrea Medina (San Diego, Calif.) continued her impressive tournament run with another victory. Medina, who is competing in her first international tournament, grabbed all five judges’ cards over Kinga Szlachic of Poland to punch her ticket to her first international finals, where she will face Ukraine’s Iuliia Tsyplakova. 

2019 Pan American Games Champion Oshae Jones (Toledo, Ohio) grabbed Team USA’s fourth win of the day with great showing against Bulgaria’s Melis Yonuzova. Jones won the decision, 4-1, to advance to the welterweight finale with Emilie Sonvico of France. 

Naomi Graham (Fayetteville, N.C.) advanced to her second straight Strandja Tournament finale with her unanimous decision victory over Ireland’s Aoife O Rourke. Graham, who won last year’s tournament, will look to repeat as champion with another victory over Davina Michel of France. 

Flyweight Anthony Herrera (Los Angeles, Calif.) international debut came to an end today following his 5-0 loss to Daniel Asenov of Bulgaria. Herrera does not leave the tournament empty handed, as he grabbed his first international medal, a bronze, following his impressive tournament run.

Tomorrow’s finale will begin at 2:00 p.m. local time, and can be followed along by clicking here or on USA Boxing’s social media channels. 

Semifinals Results
51 kg: Christina Cruz, Hell’s Kitchen, N.Y./USA, dec. over Iulia Coroli/MDA, 5-0
51 kg: Virginia Fuchs, Houston, Texas/USA, dec. over Gabriela Dimitrova/BUL, 4-1
52 kg: Daniel Asenov/BUL dec. over Anthony Herrera, Los Angeles, Calif./USA, 5-0
57 kg: Andrea Medina, San Diego, Calif./USA, dec. over Kinga Szlachic/POL, 5-0
69 kg: Oshae Jones, Toledo, Ohio/USA, dec. over Melis Yonuzova//BUL, 4-1
75 kg: Naomi Graham, Fayetteville, N.C./USA, dec. over Aoife O Rourke/IRL, 5-0