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Former Amateur Star Eric Kelly Overcomes

Adversity, Inspires Tomorrow's Champions!

(April 3rd) Four-time National amateur boxing champion Eric Kelly has overcome the challenges that destroyed his potentially lucrative professional boxing career to become an inspirational figure for countless youth today.

 

One of the best United States amateur boxers of all-time, he finished with a remarkable 104-14 record, including numerous medals and awards, culminating with him being named alternate for the 2000 Olympic Games in Australia.

 

"My first time going for a national championship," Kelly remembered, "I won it, back in 1997. Leading up to that moment, I hadn't fought or done anything in a few years, but I had this itch to be somebody. Deep down I knew that I belonged amongst the best in the world. Winning that series of tournaments, which landed me a #1 ranking in the county, let me know there was nothing that I couldn't do, and I won several tournaments after that. Be it educational goals, personal insecurities, and professional mishaps, the fact that I could get in the ring to fight in front of hundreds and thousands of people was enough. How can I be discouraged or afraid to achieve greatness, when I'd already built the title of champion? Everything else didn't come easy, but I knew that it was achievable, and well within my grasp."

Born in Titusville, Florida, Kelly moved as a child with his father to the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn, and his father encouraged him to box. Eric trained at the New Bed-Stuy Boxing Venter and later at the famed Gleason's Gym, winning his first national title at the age of 16.

 

In 2001, Kelly was the No. 1 ranked middleweight in the U.S., but he lost in the championship final of the USA Boxing Championships to an unranked Andre Ward, who went on to capture a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

 

"I wasn't surprised that Andre won a gold medal and retired as an undefeated, two-division world champion as a professional," Kelly said. "Andre's focus has always been next level. He was a killer in the ring. When he beat me for the national championship, that's when I knew that he was going to be a real star, because leading to facing me in the finals, he beat two guys that I'd previously beaten, and they were tough cookies."

 

Kelly's life dramatically changed while training at the United States Olympic Education Center (USOEC), where Kelly was trained by Al Mitchell, on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. During a brawl in a barroom, he suffered nerve damage to his left eyelid, after being struck in the face with a pool cue.

 

"It taught me how to be a man," Kelly spoke about his live-changing incident. "Honestly, I wish that I was as good to the program as the program was to me. During my time as a USOEC Bad Boy, I was able to win a couple of national championships and experience success inside of the ring, but outside of the ring I was battling life. I was going through a lot of personal issues with family, etc., which ultimately effected my career, as I was having huge disciplinary issues. I was constantly in trouble at USOEC, which twice got me removed from the program as a student-athlete. I was dishonest, violent and a terror. I was broken! Selfishly, I wanted others to feel my pain. There's an old saying that misery loves company; I was miserable and lost everything - my scholarship, ranking as a boxer and my place on Team USA. I wasn't allowed to fight in the USA Nationals. I was broken and wandering baseless. I still miss being the champ. I know that my potential was never fulfilled, not even half. Everything I'm doing now is solely for my five children because I need and will take great care of them! This is far deeper than my boxing career. It is their lives at stake, and this is one championship that I will win."

 

Never having the opportunity to follow his dream to become world champion may have affected his life, but it has not broken him and has led him to post-boxing success as a father, entertainer, and entrepreneur.

 

"I look at fighters on TV who are experiencing great success, some I beat, some beat me, but I was always competitive," Kelly remarked. "It's tough to watch others live your deal, when you know you were right there. Guys like Andre Ward, Jeff Lacy and Jermain Taylor are guys I've punched in the face, and they punched me. The thing is, they took it to the next level and lived my dream, and I was forced to live from afar. Watching those guys also motivated me to achieve professional success as a businessman and entrepreneur. I showed that I can handle the tabloids in more ways than one. Damn near 20 years later, I'm still doing it, and you ain't seen nothing yet!"

 

"Eric is actually one of the primary inspirations for my involvement in the USA Boxing Alumni Association," said Chris Cugliari, USA Boxing Alumni Association Executive Director. "He has continuously demonstrated his character, resolve, and ambition as a father, boxer, trainer, entertainer, and entrepreneur.  He's one of the most honest people in boxing and his passion is contagious.  The Alumni Association is proud to call him one of our own and we look forward to working with him to help the sport grow."

 

USA Boxing Alumni Association

Created to champion a lifelong, mutually beneficial relations between USA Boxing and its alumni, --boxers, officials, coaches and boxing fans -- The Alumni Association connects generations of champions, inspiring and giving back to USA Boxing's future boxing champions, in and out of the ring.

 

The USA Boxing Alumni Association is open to anyone who has a love for boxing and would like to stay connected with amateur boxing. Members are granted access to a wide variety of special events hosted by the Alumni Association, including its annual USA Boxing Alumni Association Hall of Fame reception.

 

To join the Alumni Association, simply register at alumni@usaboxing.org for a $40.00 per year membership fee. New members will receive a T-shirt, keychain and e-wallet.

 

Today, the 38-year-old Kelly is a successful celebrity/athlete trainer, sports correspondent, viral video sensation, and brand ambassador. He's also giving back as a coach for kids at his gym, SouthBox Gym, in the Bronx section of New York City.

 

"It's deeper than coaching," Kelly explained. "I am grateful to be in position to be able to give back like I do. I am blessed to own a gym where I can provide resources to those who need it and offer a facility where they can go to achieve their goals. I do a lot of work with youth from the Explorers program through the 40th precinct in the Bronx. I also own a pizza shot, Nobody's Pizza, just two blocks from my gym. After workouts, I order pizzas for the kids and everything is free of charge. I call the program, PIzzaBox. I also speak to students at several high schools and universities across the United States."

 

Instead of brooding about others living his dreams in pro boxing, Eric Kelly has moved forward into an incredibly career as an entrepreneur and, more significant, an invaluable father and role model who has been there and done that in just about every respect.

 

ABOUT USA BOXING: The mission of USA Boxing shall be to enable United States' athletes and coaches to achieve sustained competitive excellence, develop character, support the sport of boxing, and promote and grow Olympic style boxing in the United States. The responsibility of USA Boxing is not only to produce Olympic gold, but also oversee and govern every aspect of amateur boxing in the United States.

USA Boxing Announces New Board of Directors,

President, Vice President and Treasurer!

(April 2nd) USA Boxing announced today the three elected positions on our Board of Directors after a meeting held this weekend in Reno, Nevada.

 

Tyson Lee, the current President and CEO of Veteran Industries, was elected as the new USA Boxing President of the Board of Directors and will begin his service immediately until December 31, 2020.

 

"Being elected as the President of the Board of Directors for USA Boxing is one of the greatest honors I've ever received," states Lee. "I'm excited to have the privilege to work with such a talented Board of Directors and staff in support of our mission to grow amateur boxing throughout the country, ultimately in pursuit of Olympic gold."

 

Lee graduated with a BS degree in engineering and foreign languages from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY where he made the Regimental All Star Boxing Team for three years.  As a captain in the Army, he also won three state amateur titles while stationed in Hawaii.  His professional military background includes completing U.S. Army schools such as Airborne, Jumpmaster, and Ranger, also serving as a Company Commander in the 25th Infantry Division (Light).  He now resides in Spanish Fort, Alabama.

 

General Membership Director John Brown will serve as the 1st Vice President.

 

"I think we have a rejuvenated board that has the necessary passion and experience to allow USA Boxing to achieve its full potential," said Brown on the new Board members and appointments.

 

Newly elected Local Boxing Committee (LBC) Director Patrick Butler will serve as the Board Treasurer.

 

"I am honored and privileged to be a member of the Board of Directors for USA Boxing and I am humbled by my appointment as the Treasurer to the Board of Directors," stated Butler. "I take both positions very seriously.  USA Boxing is a great organization with amazing potential for the athletes, officials and coaches from the local level to the international level.  It is my goal to continue to improve on great things that are already happening with USA Boxing and to help in any way possible to bring new ideas to fruition."

USA Boxing Alumni Association Profile:

Delvis "Mac" McCadden's Remarkable Journey

From MLB and NCAA to USA Boxing!

   (L-R Umpiring a 1978 minor league game in West Virginia: Delvis "Mac" McCadden,

Bob "Bruno" Willman, Emmett Ashford and Dallas Parks)

(March 21st) Former Major League umpire and NCAA basketball referee Delvis "Mac" McCadden has found a new home in USA Boxing. His remarkable journey through sports, often tainted by racism, at least during the beginning of his umpiring career, now finds him thoroughly enjoying amateur boxing as an official.

 

Simply put, McCadden was born and breed into sports. In 1949, his father bought his newborn son a four-fingered shortstop glove, because he wanted "Mac" to become a professional baseball player. Although that dream never came to fruition, "Mac" parlayed what his father taught him into a baseball career.

 

McCadden's ultimate goal as a professional official was to referee an NCAA Final Four game and umpire a World Series game. He came close, but the first of many knee surgeries forced him into early retirement at 29, leaving him unable to squat or run today.

 

"I was on schedule," the Roanoke, Virginia native explained. "I worked two NCAA Sweet 16 tournaments and knew that I'd umpire a World Series game because they were on a rotation schedule every five years. I was injured in 1979 during a pickup basketball game. I never regretted it, though, because I had a chance to do it. I came back as a referee in 1985-86 just to prove that I could do it."

 

The highlight of his basketball officiating career was working one of the biggest pre-season tournaments, the Great Alaskan Shootout. "It was the first time I was on national television," McCadden remembered. "Four of eight first team All-America players were in that tournament. My wife was a big North Carolina fan, but Syracuse was her No. 2 favorite. I ticked her off when I gave a technical to (Syracuse head coach Jim) Boeheim."

 

One of the few African-American umpires when he broke in back in the early seventies, McCadden overcame a lot to become the official he was, as well as the man he is today.

 

"In 1973," McCadden commented, "I was umpiring a AA game in Rocky Mountain, North Carolina. There's only one way in and out of Smithville County and there were two large billboards at both ends of the road that had: Help support the United Klans of America. I'm light complexed and you really can't tell I'm black unless you're up close. It's my first game there and I'm behind the plate. A fan yelled," Oh my God, they sent us an Arab. I took my hat off for the national anthem and I had a small Afro. The same guy yells, 'He's no Arab, they sent us a ******* ( N-word)'. I had a rough game and threw out five people, three on one team and two on the other. After the game I walked past a woman who smashed a hot dog in my face and poured coke on my head. I was dressing in the locker room and people started beating a metal door down. They came in and I grabbed my facemask, but fortunately the cops came.

 

"When I left there was an elderly black gentleman waiting for me. He was Buck Leonard, a first baseman who played in the Negros League with Satchel Paige, and he's in the Negro and Baseball Halls of Fame. This (racist behavior by fans) had never happened to me and I was going to quit. He invited me to have lunch with him the next day because he wanted to talk. It changed my life. I started letting things like that run off my back."

 

There were some memorable umpiring moments along the way like throwing Billy Martin and Earl Weaver out of the same spring training game and umpiring a game in which the great Hank Aaron hit his final spring trainer home run.

 

"And I have that ball," McCadden noted. "On his previous at bat, I called him out on a third strike that was high. The highlight of my umpiring career was in 1977 at the 30th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's first pro game at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, New Jersey. I was umpiring in AA at the time and the stadium had been renovated. I met Jackie's widow, Rachel Robinson, who was a lovely person and strikingly beautiful, even today in her nineties. I was the plate umpire and, to me, there was no higher honor."

 

According to McCadden, who was an educator and local politician, he first got involved in amateur boxing in a strange way. In 1996, he helped start a boxing club in Roanoke with the city providing the facility. He went to the gym to hang out and prove that he really cared. In 2009, Roanoke hosted the Virginia Golden Gloves Tournament.

 

"I was sitting there and there weren't enough judges," McCadden said. "I was asked if I'd mind judging, but I wasn't certified. I was given a mini-clinic, took the test, and passed for my first job in boxing. Six months later, I was in the ring refereeing. There were no sanctioned events in my area, so I had to go to other parts of the state to work events. It got to the point where I really liked it. I had commonsense sports knowledge. Nobody knew me there, so there were no grudges. In 2012, I became a level 2 Chief Officer in Virginia until 2014."

 

McCadden was an official at the 2017 USA Boxing Eastern Qualifier and USA Boxing Junior Olympics, as well as the 2018 U.S. National Elite Boxing Championships and U.S National Junior Olympics. Today, "Mac" is a USA Boxing LBC #61, USIBA Chief of Officials, USIBA Board member representing the Roanoke Chapter, and one of the early USA Boxing Alumni Association members.

USA Boxing Announces Seven New Board of Directors Members Two Members Reappointed!

(March 12th) USA Boxing announced today the seven new board of director members, as well as Cam Awesome and Dick Hoffmann being reappointed as Athlete Representative Director and Independent Director, respectively. The new members will join the board effective March 31, 2019.

 

The Affiliate Member Director, Athlete Representative Directors, and the Local Boxing Committee (LBC) Director were vetted and nominated by USA Boxing's Nominating and Governance Committee and elected by USA Boxing membership following USA Boxing's bylaws.

 

USA Boxing utilized a Board of Director search firm to conduct a nation-wide search for Independent Director Candidates. Ten candidates were recommended to USA Boxing Nominating and Governance Committee who in turn vetted and selected four Independent Directors who they believe will complement and bolster USA Boxing's board of directors. The Independent Directors have prior experience with amateur Olympic-style boxing and their training, knowledge and experiences outside of boxing will strengthen the board of directors.

 

The new board member designations are as follows:

Affiliated Member Director:

Eric Buller: Buller currently serves as the President of the National Collegiate Boxing Association, as well as works as the Director of the Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute at Miami University in Miami, Ohio. Buller holds a B.S. in Soviet Foreign Affairs from the United States Military Academy, a M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership from the College of William and Mary, as well as an Ed.D in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas.

 

Local Boxing Committee (LBC) Director:

Patrick Butler: Butler has been a District Court Judge in Colorado since 2009, and prior to that practiced law from 1986-2009, following his graduation from Gonzaga University with a law degree. He has been a USA Boxing official since 2013. Judge Butler was voted into this position by LBC Presidents, and hopes to help grow, sustain and improve USA Boxing on the local, national and international levels.

 

Athlete Representative Director:

Brian Ceballo: Ceballo was a long-time member of USA Boxing's High Performance team prior to going on to the professional ranks in 2018. Ceballo represented Team USA at numerous international tournaments throughout his 206-13 amateur career, including the 2015 Pan American Games and 2015 World Series of Boxing. Ceballo will work alongside Awesome and Franchon Crews to represent the athlete perspective on the Board of Directors. He currently serves as an Athlete Representative on the Metropolitan LBC Board of Directors.

 

Independent Director:

Héctor Colón: Colón serves as the President and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Prior to that, he spent six years as Executive Director of the Department of Health and Human Services of Milwaukee County. Colón was a member of the U.S. national boxing team for seven years. He won seven national titles and competed in the 1992 Olympic trials, losing to Jessie Briseno whom he knocked out in the first round for the U.S. welterweight championship in 1993. Colón served as the boxing and mixed martial arts commissioner for the state of Wisconsin from 2009 to 2011. He holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

 

Independent Director:

Tyson Lee: the current President and CEO of Veteran Industries graduated with a BS degree in engineering and foreign languages from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY where he made the Regimental All Star Boxing Team for three years. As a captain in the Army, he also won three state amateur titles while stationed in Hawaii. His professional military background includes completing U.S. Army schools such as Airborne, Jumpmaster, and Ranger, also serving as a Company Commander in the 25th Infantry Division (Light). He now resides in Spanish Fort, Alabama.

 

Independent Director:

Chris Trombetta: a former U.S. Army Infantry Captain, Trombetta currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Strategy & Talent for Red Bull North America. Prior, Trombetta worked for Bain & Company, a leading global management consulting firm, focused on consumer products and media & entertainment clients. He graduated with highest honors from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a B.S. in Human Factors Engineering and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

Independent Director:

Sherry Wulkan: Dr. Wulkan brings ringside physician experience to the board of directors, as the SUNY Stony Brook graduate has been around sports for many years. She is currently the Medical Director of the Combative Sports Consulting Services, as well as served as a consultant for numerous other organizations such as the NYU Langone Health, Florida State Athletic Commission, U.S. Marine Corps Combat Sports Program, and Atlantic Sports Health.

USA Boxing Alumni Association Profile:

John "The Quietman" Ruiz

From the Projects to Owning Boxing's Ultimate Crown!

(March 12th) From the projects to owning arguably the most respected individual title in sports, John "The Quietman" Ruiz remains the only Latino to capture the coveted world heavyweight title.

 

Ruiz, 47, is a proud Puerto-Rican American boxer who grew-up in a Chelsea, Massachusetts. The two-time World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion, defeated USA Boxing Alumni Association Hall of Famer Evander Holyfield in the second of their three title fights, to secure for the first time, the world heavyweight crown. 

 

A decorated amateur boxer, Ruiz compiled a 50-5 record, similar to his final pro record of 44-9-1 (30 KOs) between 1992-2010, including gold- medal performances at the All-New England Championships, USA Boxing National Championships and the Los Angeles Olympic Festival, which elevated him to the No. 1 light heavyweight position in the United States ratings.

 

Ruiz was also an outstanding all-around athlete at Chelsea High, particularly in football, in which he was an all-star. He started boxing at the age of seven, eventually developing his skills at the Somerville Boxing Club.

"Boxing was the only sport I figured I'd have a good chance of succeeding," Ruiz (pictured here on far left) explained why he pursued boxing as opposed to football or another team sport. "The other sports you had to go to college, and I didn't have the grades."

 

Ruiz never looked back and no boxer ever got more out of their God-given skills than him. After winning his first tournament (PAL in New Jersey), he became part of the USA Team that traveled to Sweden to compete in a dual-meet.

 

"Outside of Puerto Rico (he lived there for 6-7 years in his early youth)," Ruiz remembered fondly. "I had never traveled outside of the United States. USA Boxing gave me an opportunity to travel there, Australia, Italy and all over the United States. Even more than how those experiences prepared me for the pro ranks, it gave me a taste of life experience, traveling to places I never would have been able to go to on my own. Amateur boxing also gave me structure and confidence in myself for when I turned pro. I also met so many different people, fighters and coaches, from all over the world."

 

In addition to his aforementioned victory at the Los Angles Olympic Festival, which qualified him as a Team USA member to compete in the World Championships in Australia (finished 6th in the world), perhaps the highlight of his amateur career was defeating Torsten May, the 1992 Olympic gold medal winner from Germany, at a dual meet in Florida.

 

"My association with John goes back to 1990," added Al Valenti, USA Boxing Special Projects Consultant. "I was thrilled that a local kid was honing his skills in the boxing ring. John made an incredible impact on the National Amateur boxing scene in the early nineties; making it all the way to the Olympic Trials in Worcester (MA). Having been involved in the trials was extra special for me because John was such a great competitor and good kid. Boxing history will have a place for John Ruiz, not many survived 36 rounds with Evander. Being the first Latino World Heavyweight Champion was quite an accomplishment for "The Quietman".

 

Ruiz turned pro August 20, 1992, winning a four-round unanimous decision over Kevin Parker. During his pro career, he defeated top contemporary names such as Holyfield, James Thunder, Jerry Ballard, Fernely Felix, Kirk Johnson, Fres Oquendo, Andrew Golota and Jameel McCline.

 

History was made March 3, 2013 in Las Vegas, when he became only the second fighter to drop Holyfield enroute to his WBA title-winning fight by way of a 12-round unanimous decision, earning him instant notoriety as the first Latino to hold the coveted world heavyweight title belt.

(John Ruiz met President George W. Bush in the White House after becoming the first Latino to become world heavyweight boxing champion - courtesy of the Boston Herald)

"I'm very proud to have accomplished that," he continued, "but my main goal was to provide for my family and I always maintained that goal. Most fighters don't succeed, but at the end of the day, that's what pushed me. I don't really think about being the only Latino to win the world heavyweight title, but, when I hear people talk about it today, I think, wow, I'm still the only Latino to do that."

 

Several years ago, Ruiz opened a gym (Quietman Sports Gym) in Medford, MA, not too far from where he grew up in Chelsea and trained in Somerville. It has been a registered club member by USA Boxing since 2012, but, more importantly, it's Ruiz' way of giving back to amateur boxing.

 

"I felt there was a need to help more kids and give them an opportunity to get out of the house and do something productive and fun," Ruiz commented. "They all have a chance to work on self-confidence and one could possibly become world champion. I feel obligated to help kids because I remember years ago when I was in the same position. They need guidance. If I didn't have all the support I did growing up, I wouldn't have turned out the way I did. I want to help kids understand how to accomplishment their goals."

 

USA Boxing Alumni Association

Created to champion a lifelong, mutually beneficial relations between USA Boxing and its alumni, --boxers, officials, coaches and boxing fans -- The Alumni Association connects generations of champions, inspiring and giving back to USA Boxing's future boxing champions, in and out of the ring.

 

The USA Boxing Alumni Association is open to anyone who has a love for boxing and would like to stay connected with amateur boxing. Members are granted access to a wide variety of special events hosted by the Alumni Association, including its annual USA Boxing Alumni Association Hall of Fame reception.

 

To join the Alumni Association, simply register at alumni@usaboxing.org for a $40.00 per year membership fee. New members will receive a T-shirt, keychain and e-wallet.

 

Today, John lives in Palm City, Florida. He's a correctional officer for the Martin County Sheriff Department.

 

"Winning the world title twice as a pro was awesome," Ruiz concluded, "but I definitely enjoyed the amateurs more than the pros, even though I would have loved to have represented the USA in the Olympics. USA Boxing opened up my mind to different things, taking me off the streets of Chelsea to made me feel......special." 

 

John Ruiz has always preached, "Follow Your Dreams!" and he's still doing that today.

USA Boxing Alumni Association to Provide

Study Hall for Boxers Participating in Western Qualifier!

(March 3rd) The USA Boxing Alumni Association will provide a study hall for boxers participating at the 2019 Western Elite Qualifier & Regional Open Championships in Reno, Nevada, March 23-30.

 

Boxers will be offered a quiet space, which will be open 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, in the Grand Sierra Resort to complete school work they may be missing while attending the tournament.

 

"In the last couple of years, USA Boxing has offered an increased number of national tournaments to give our boxers more opportunities for competition," stated Taryn Cass, USA Boxing Events and Boxing Operations Coordinator. "With many of these tournaments taking place during the school year, we have realized a need to provide opportunities for our boxers to see success outside the ring as well. Partnering with the Alumni Association, we came up with the new study hall."

 

The room will be set up, classroom style with desks and school materials to complete any work they may need to do. A sign-in and sign-out sheet will be used to help keep track of hours. To incentivize the use of the Study Hall, boxers who spend a minimum of two hours in the space will be entered in a daily drawing for prizes.

 

(Click here) to register for the 2019 Western Elite Qualifier & Regional Open Championships.

Graham and Torrez Jr. Win Gold; Coe Takes Silver

In Finals of 2019 Strandja Tournament

Team USA Leaves Sofia, Bulgaria with Eight Medals!

(February 19th) The 70th edition of the Strandja Tournament came to a close today with Team USA winning two gold and one silver to add to the five bronze medals they won in yesterday's semifinals in Sofia, Bulgaria.

 

2018 Elite Women's World Championships bronze medalist Naomi Graham (Colorado Springs, Colo.) added another medal to her impressive international resume after defeating Sweden's Love Holgersson by split decision. This marks the middleweights fourth international medal since the beginning of 2018.

 

Super heavyweight Richard Torrez Jr. (Tulare, Calif.) closed out the tournament in spectacular fashion to take another international gold medal. Torrez took all five judges' cards over the host countries Petar Belberov to earn his second elite international gold medal. At the conclusion of the tournament, Torrez was named on the Boxers of the Tournament.

 

2018 breakout star Khalil Coe (Jersey City, N.J.) picked up a silver medal following a walkover win by Russia's Imam Khataev.

 

Troy Isley (Alexandria, Va.), Delante Johnson (Cleveland, Ohio) Oshae Jones (Toledo, Ohio), Morelle McCane (Cleveland, Ohio) and Yarisel Ramirez (Las Vegas, Nev.) earned bronze for Team USA in yesterday's semifinal bouts.

 

Team USA began the tournament with 25 boxers with Head Coach Billy Walsh (Colorado Springs, Colo.) leading the American delegation throughout the tournament, along with USA Boxing National Assistant Coach Kay Koroma (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Rasheen Ali (Cleveland, Ohio), Tim Back (Cincinnati, Ohio), Kevin Benford (Cincinnati, Ohio), Joe Guzman (Fountain, Calif.) and Christine Lopez (Rowlett, Texas) served on the coaching staff during the tournament. This year's tournament saw over 300 boxers from over 30 different countries step into the ring.

 

The delegation will return to the United States tomorrow.

 

You can look back at the United States performances throughout the tournament by clicking here.

 

Finals Results

75 kg: Naomi Graham, Colorado Springs, Colo./USA, dec. over Love Holgersson/SWE, 3-2

81 kg: Imam Khataev/RUS won by walkover over Khalil Coe, Jersey City, N.J./USA, WO

91+ kg: Richard Torrez Jr., Tulare, Calif./USA, dec. over Petar Belberov/BUL, 5-0

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