Team USA Wins Three Golds and Two Silvers on Final Day of 2020 Strandja Tournament

By Brian Taylor, USA Boxing | Jan. 25, 2020, 9:23 a.m. (ET)
Team USA leaves the 2020 Strandja Tournament with six medals, including three gold, two silver and one bronze. 

The final day of boxing began with a Team USA vs. Team USA matchup, as Christina Cruz (Hell’s Kitchen, N.Y.) and Virginia Fuchs (Houston, Texas) battled it out for the flyweight title. In the end, Fuchs pulled out the 4-1 victory over Cruz to stand atop the podium.

Welterweight Osha Jones (Toledo, Ohio) picked up the American’s second gold medal after a dominating performance over Emilie Sonvio of France. Jones took all five judges’ cards to add another international title to her already impressive resume.

2019 Standja Tournament champion Naomi Graham (Fayetteville, N.C.) closed out the day by taking her second straight Strandja title with her 3-2 decision against Davina Michel of France.

Andrea Medina (San Diego, Calif.) fell short in her first international championship bout, 4-1, to Ukraine’s Iuliia Tsyplakova in the second bout of the final day of competition.

The sixth and final medal for Team USA, a bronze, was won last night by flyweight Anthony Herrera (Los Angeles, Calif.). The tournament marked Herrera’s first international tournament and international medal.

The American delegation began the tournament with 24 boxers competing in the 71st edition of the Strandja Tournament to conclude the selection process to determine the 13 boxers who will represent Team USA at the upcoming Olympic Qualification tournaments. An announcement of those 13 boxers will be announced soon. 

Finals Results
51 kg: Virginia Fuchs, Houston, Texas/USA, dec. over Christina Cruz, Hell’s Kitchen, N.Y./USA, 4-1
57 kg: Iuliia Tsyplakova/UKR dec. over Andrea Medina, San Diego, Calif./USA, 4-1
69 kg: Oshae Jones, Toledo, Ohio/USA, dec. Emilie Sonvio/FRA, 5-0
75 kg: Naomi Graham, Fayetteville, N.C./USA, dec. over Davina Michel/FRA, 3-2