Yoseline Perez Wins Youth World Championship
Gold In Dominating Fashion!
(November 25th) Yoseline Perez (Houston, Texas) proved tonight what she has been saying since arriving in La Nucia, Spain, to compete at the 2022 Youth World Championships.
Perez picked up the featherweight gold medal following the referee stopping the bout during the first round against Asya Ari of Germany, the 2022 Youth European Champion.
Perez gave her opponent two standing eight counts after landing numerous punches to Ari’s body and head, before giving her opponent a third standing eight count, resulting in the referee to stop the bout with two second remaining in the round.
This marked her third victory by RSC in these championships. She defeated Azerbijian’s Aysu Devrishova in the first round, Korea’s Hyeji Park in the third round and Kazakhstan’s Ulzhan Sarsenbek by a 4-1 decision. Perez also won her semifinal bout by walkover over Emily Whitworth of England to advance to the championship bout.
USA Boxing’s three bronze medalists, Sa’Rai Brown-El (Marietta, Ga.), Dedrick Crocklem (Tacoma, Wash.) and Cornellio Phipps (Oxford, Pa.) were also awarded their medals during tonight’s session.
USA Boxing National Developmental Coach Chad Wigle (Colorado Springs, Colo.) lead the team in Spain, along with assistant coaches Gilberto Garza (San Antonio, Texas), Blanca Gutierrez (Pacifica, Calif.) and Richard Stephenson (Middletown, N.Y.).
73 countries and 593 boxers took part in these Youth World Championships, which is the first Youth World Championships for USA Boxing since 2018, where the team also won four total medals. Click here to look back at Team USA’s time in Spain.
To follow the final days of competition (click here).
57 kg: Yoseline Perez, Houston, Texas/USA, won by RSC-1 over Asya Ari/GER
Team USA Earns Three Bronze Medals At 2022 Youth World Championships, Perez Advances To Championship Bout!
(November 24th) Team USA had a mixed day of results during the semifinals of the 2022 Youth World Championships, with three boxers earning bronze medals and advancing one to this weekend’s finals in La Nucia, Spain.
Featherweight Yoseline Perez (Houston, Texas) advanced to the championship bout following her walkover victory over Emily Whitworth of England. Perez will go for gold during Friday’s first day of finals against Asya Ari of Germany, the 2022 Youth European Champion.
Sa’Rai Brown-El (Marietta, Ga.) will leave these championships with a bronze medal following her bout against India’s Devika Ghorpade. This is Brown-El’s first major international medal won while representing Team USA.
The first round was at a slower, more strategic pace; however, all five judges awarded the round to Ghorpade. Ghorpade picked up the second round, 4-1, extending her lead over the American flyweight.
Brown-El came back strong to close out the bout, taking four of the five judges’ cards in the final round, however, was not able to overcome Ghorpade’s lead, resulting in a 4-1 decision in favor of Ghorpade.
The second session of the day saw featherweight Cornellio Phipps (Oxford, Pa.) and light welterweight Dedrick Crocklem (Tacoma, Wash.) put up strong performances, however, the judges scored the bouts in favor of their opponents, 4-1 and 3-2, respectively.
Phipps took the early 3-2 lead, then was given an eight count after tripping over his opponent, Bakhtiyor Asadov of Uzbekistan, resulting in the round going 4-1 in favor of Asadov. The final round was another closely contested round, however, the judges scored it once again in favor of Asadov by 4-1.
Crocklem came back from being down, 5-0, in the first round to Vanshaj Vanshaj of India, to even the scorecards with his own 5-0 second round. The third round was an exciting one, however, the round went 3-2 in favor of Vanshaj, giving him the overall decision.
Both boxers leave these World Championships with bronze medals, their first international medals.
52 kg: Devika Ghorpade/IND dec. over Sa’Rai Brown-El, Marietta, Ga./USA,4-1
57 kg: Yoseline Perez, Houston, Texas/USA, won by walkover over Emily Whitworth/ENG, WO
57 kg: Bakhtiyor Asadov/UZB dec. over Cornellio Phipps, Oxford, Pa./USA, 4-1
63.5 kg: Vanshaj Vanshaj/IND dec. over Dedrick Crocklem, Tacoma, Wash./USA, 3-2
57 kg: Yoseline Perez, Houston, Texas/USA, vs. Asya Ari/GER (Friday, Nov. 25, Ring A, Bout 9, 2:00 p.m. ET)
Team USA Clinches Three More Medals
At 2022 Youth World Championships!
(Sa’Rai Brown-EL in blue)
(November 20th) Team USA clinched three more medals during the second day of quarterfinals at the 2022 Youth World Championships in La Nucia, Spain, guaranteeing the team four medals total, matching their total from the 2018 Youth World Championships.
Sa’Rai Brown-El (Marietta, Ga.) started the day for Team USA on a strong note with a 4-1 decision victory over Mexico’s Alondra Sanchez Rodriguez to advance to the semifinals of the flyweight weight category, as well as secure herself a medal.
Brown-El picked up the first round by the slimmest of margins in a 3-2 round, before taking more of a command in the second round to grab four of the five judges’ cards.
The American sealed the deal in the final round, landing numerous power punches, as well as giving her opponent a standing eight count before getting the victory to advance to tomorrow’s semifinal bout against India’s Devika Ghorpade.
Featherweight Yoseline Perez (Houston, Texas) picked up her third victory of these World Championships to secure a place in tomorrow’s semifinals, as well as a medal for herself and Team USA.
Perez began the fight with a 4-1 advantage after the first round against Kazakhstan’s Ulzhan Sarsenbek. Sarsenbek tried to come back in the second round, with two judges awarding the round to her, however, Perez continued to keep her composure to hold onto the lead heading to the final round.
The American closed out the round with strong combinations and body work to take the overall 4-1 decision to set up a semifinal bout with Emily Whitworth of England tomorrow.
Cornellio Phipps (Oxford, Pa.) closed out the day with his own 4-1 decision victory over Ukraine’s Aider Abfurimov to clinch his spot in the semifinals and Team USA’s fourth medal of these World Championships.
The featherweight took a slim 3-2 lead after the first round, before picking it up in the second to take that round by 4-1.
With a medal on the line, the American closed out the final round strong to take the overall decision to advance to tomorrow’s semifinals against Bakhtiyor Asadov of Uzbekistan.
Dedrick Crocklem (Tacoma, Wash.) will be the fourth member of Team USA to take to the ring in tomorrow’s semifinal bout. The light welterweight will face Vanshaj Vanshaj of India for a place in the gold medal bout on Saturday.
Middleweight Talia Halvorsen (Harwood Heights, Ill.) made her international debut against a tough and experienced opponent, Sunniva Hofstad of Norway, however, could not hold off the two-time European Champion, falling short by way of unanimous decision.
Day 8 Results
52 kg: Sa’Rai Brown-El, Marietta, Ga./USA, dec. Alondra Sanchez Rodriguez/MEX, 4-1
57 kg: Cornellio Phipps, Oxford, Pa./USA, dec. over Aider Abfuraimov/UKR, 4-1
57 kg: Yoseline Perez, Houston, Texas/USA, dec. over Ulzhan Sarsenbek/KAZ, 4-1
75 kg: Sunniva Hofstad/NOR dec. over Talia Halvorsen, Harwood Heights, Ill./USA, 5-0
Day 9 Schedule
52 kg: Sa’Rai Brown-El, Marietta, Ga./USA, vs. Devika Ghorpade/IND (Ring B, Bout 2, 8:15 a.m. ET)
57 kg: Yoseline Perez, Houston, Texas/USA, vs. Emily Whitworth/ENG (Ring B, Bout 3, 8:30 a.m. ET)
57 kg: Cornellio Phipps, Oxford, Pa./USA, vs. Bakhtiyor Asadov/UZB (Ring A, Bout 8, 1:45 p.m. ET)
63.5 kg: Dedrick Crocklem, Tacoma, Wash./USA, vs. Vanshaj Vanshaj/IND (Ring A, Bout 9, 2:00 p.m. ET)
Dedrick Crocklem Secures Medal
At 2022 Youth World Boxing Champions!
(November 22nd) Light welterweight Dedrick Crocklem (Tacoma, Wash.) continued his winning ways at the 2022 Youth World Championships in La Nucia, Spain to secure a medal for himself and Team USA after his unanimous decision victory over Hungary’s Rafael Buza.
Crocklem was able to get out to a 4-1 lead following the first round, landing clean combinations and body shots that slowed his opponent down. The American continued to control the fight in the second round which ended as a 4-1 round in favor of him.
With a medal on the line, Crocklem finished the job with a dominating final round. He continued to go to the body and land numerous combinations to take all five judges’ cards in the round, resulting in a 5-0 final decision, and his fourth victory of these championships.
Crocklem will return to the ring for a semifinal match-up with Vanshaj Vanshaj of India on Wednesday, where a victory will advance him to the gold medal bout.
Four members of Team USA will look to advance to the medal rounds during tomorrow’s second day of quarterfinals.
Flyweight Sa’Rai Brown-El (Marietta, Ga.) and featherweight Yoseline Perez (Houston, Texas) will step into the ring during the first session of the day, which is set to begin at 8:00 a.m. ET, while middleweight Talia Halvorsen (Harwood Heights, Ill.), who will be making her tournament debut, along with Corenllio Phipps (Oxford, Pa.) will be in the evening session that starts at 12:00 p.m. ET.
All the action, as well as a look back at results and past live streams of the tournament, can be found here.
Day 7 Results
63.5 kg: Dedrick Crocklem, Tacoma, Wash./USA, dec. over Rafael Buza/HUN, 5-0
Dedrick Crocklem Advances To Quarterfinals
Of 2022 Youth World Championships!
(November 22nd) Dedrick Crocklem (Tacoma, Wash.) picked up his third win of these championships to advance to the quarterfinals. He took a 3-2 victory over Ukraine’s Oleksandr Yarovyi in a tightly fought bout.
The light welterweight fell behind, 4-1, after the first round against Yarovyi, but came back to closely pick up the second round, 3-2, to keep the find within reach.
With the final round needed by the American to advance, Crocklem left it all in the ring and once again took the round, 3-2, to secure the victory and guaranteed a top eight finish in the world.
Crocklem will face Rafael Buza of Hungry on Monday, where a victory will secure a place in the semifinals and at least a bronze medal.
Flyweight Ryan Williams (Toledo, Ohio) saw his tournament run come to a close after a 4-1 loss to Ari Bonilla of Mexico in another hard-fought bout between the two.
Tomorrow will be a busy day for Team USA, as five boxers will take to the ring, including Sa’Rai Brown-El (Marietta, Ga.) and Patrick O’Connor (Fort Washington, Md.), both of whom will be stepping into the ring for the first time at these championships.
Joining Brown-El and O’Connor are Amir Anderson (Syracuse, N.Y.), Yoseline Perez (Houston, Texas) and Cornellio Phipps (Oxford, Pa.). All five boxers will be boxing for a spot in their weight categories quarterfinals.
Day 5 Results
51 kg: Ryan Williams, Toledo, Ohio/USA, vs. Ari Bonilla/MEX
63.5 kg: Dedrick Crocklem, Tacoma, Wash./USA, dec. over Oleksandr Yarovyi/UKR, 3-2
Team USA Picks Up Two More Wins
At 2022 Youth World Championships!
(November 18th) Team USA went 2-1 during today’s boxing at the 2022 Youth World Championships in La Nucia, Spain, advancing two more boxers to their respective weight classes round of 16.
Light middleweight Amir Anderson (Syracuse, N.Y.) drew the reigning European Champion, Bobbi Flood of Ireland, for his World Championships debut, setting up an exciting match that lived up to the expectation between the two.
Anderson took the first round, 4-1, before seeing Flood come back to take the second round with his on 4-1 decision. With the bout on the line, Anderson came out strong in the third and final round, landing clean shots and combinations, to take the bout by a 4-1 decision in the end to advance to a bout with Turkey’s Sultan Osmanli on Sunday.
“I fought like a B-,” stated Anderson following his bout. “I fought a European Champion, number one in Europe, and I think I did well enough to show everyone in this tournament I am going to be number one. I think I beat the best person here, and now it is only matter of time to be a World Champion.”
Featherweight Cornellio Phipps (Oxford, Pa.) picked up his second win of these championships in a hard-fought bout against England’s Frankie Wood.
Wood took a 4-1 lead following the first round, however, Phipps came back to take the second round, 3-2, to make it anyone’s bout heading into the final round. Phipps left it all in the ring during the last round, which included giving Wood a standing eight count.
All five judges scored the final round 5-0 to secure Phipps the 3-2 final decision and a spot in a round-of-16 match-up against Akzhol Asylbek Uulu of Kyrgyzstan, the 2022 Asian Youth Championships silver medalist.
“God was with me in that fight,” said Phipps at the conclusion of his bout. “We won’t see no more close fights, split decisions, no more. I give my opponent credit. We are going to keep grinding.”
Lightweight Randi Griffith (Gouverneur, N.Y.) put up a tough fight against Rukiye Kaya of Turkey, however, after receiving back-to-back standing eight counts in the third round, the fight ended by abandonment.
Flyweight Ryan Williams (Toledo, Ohio) and light welterweight Dedrick Crocklem (Tacoma, Wash.) will return to the ring tomorrow for their second and third fights, respectively, and looking to advance to the quarterfinal rounds. Williams will go head-to-head against Mexico’s Ari Bonilla, while Crocklem will face Oleksandr Yarovyi of Ukraine.
73 countries and 593 boxers are taking part in these Youth World Championships, which is the first Youth World Championships for USA Boxing since 2018.
Day 4 Results
57 kg: Cornellio Phipps, Oxford, Pa./USA, dec. over Frankie Wood/ENG, 3-2
60 kg: Rukiye Kaya/TUR won by abandonment over Randi Griffith, Gouverneur, N.Y./USA, ABD
71 kg: Amir Anderson, Syracuse, N.Y./USA, dec. over Bobbi Duggan Flood/IRL, 4-1
Dedrick Crocklem and Ryan Williams
Continue Team USA’s Winning Ways
At 2022 Youth World Championships!
(November 17th) Ryan Williams (Toledo, Ohio) and Dedrick Crocklem (Tacoma, Wash.) picked up Team USA’s fourth and fifth win of the 2022 Youth World Championships in La Nucia, Spain, by way of unanimous decision.
Williams began the day for USA Boxing by dominating his opponent, Miguel Estrada Montenegro of Canada. The flyweight’s first two rounds saw the three judges score the rounds 10-9, while the other two scored the rounds 10-8. Williams closed out the fight with five more 10-9 scores to take the 5-0 decision and advance to face Ari Bonilla of Mexico on Saturday.
Crocklem picked up his second win of these championships, this time over Mark Fajardo of the Philippines. The light welterweight put up a strong performance to take the first two rounds, 4-1, before taking all five judges’ cards in the final round and the unanimous decision victory. Crocklem will join William’s on Saturday with a bout against Oleksandr Yarovyi of Ukraine.
Three members of Team USA will take to the ring tomorrow, Amir Anderson (Syracuse, N.Y.), Randi Griffith (Gouverneur, N.Y.) and Cornellio Phipps (Oxford, Pa.). Anderson and Griffith will be making their international debuts, while Phipps will be looking to pick up his own second win of these championships.
Day 3 Results
51 kg: Ryan Williams, Toledo, Ohio/USA, dec. over Miguel Estrada Montenegro/CAN, 5-0
63.5 kg: Dedrick Crocklem, Tacoma, Wash./USA, vs. Mark Fajardo/PHI
Yoseline Perez And Cornellio Phipps
Pick Up Victories On Second Day
Of 2022 Youth World Championships!
(Cornellio Phipps - red)
(November 16th) The second day of boxing at the 2022 Youth World Championships in La Nucia, Spain saw two more Americans pick up RSC decision victories to advance in the tournament.
Featherweight Cornellio Phipps (Oxford, Pa.) continued Team USA’s strong start during the day’s first session of boxing. Phipps came out fast and strong, landing multiple combinations and power shots to his opponent, Sebastian Gutierrez of Bolivia, resulting in all five judges scoring the round 10-8.
Phipps did not slow down the pace in the second round, continuing to go to his opponent’s body and land combinations to take all five judges’ cards once again, including four 10-8 scores, to extend his lead.
Entering the final round, the American had proved to be too much for Gutierrez, giving his opponent a standing eight count halfway through the round, which was followed by a second eight count with :38 left. Phipps saw the opportunity to end the round early and did just that. The referee stopped the bout with :21 remaining, advancing Phipps to the next round.
“I am happy to get my first RSC in an international tournament,” stated Phipps after his bout. “I am proud of my performance today and thought I looked good in there. I am going to keep going. Stay tuned.”
Phipps will have a rest day tomorrow before returning to the ring for a bout against England’s Frankie Wood.
(Yoseline Perez - red)
Yoseline Perez (Houston, Texas) continued Team USA’s run of RSC decisions with her own halfway through the first round of her bout against Aysu Devrishova of Azerbaijan.
Perez came out in full force from the sound of the bell to overwhelm her opponent quickly, resulting in back-to-back standing eight counts with 1:45 and a 1:35 left in the round, before giving her opponent a third and final eight count with 1:19 left in the opening round.
“I am feeling great, I feel like I am on fire right now. It is a great feeling getting the rust off,” said Perez. “I just kept reminding myself to stay sharp, stay long. I feel like I am on a different level then these girls.”
Perez will return to the ring on Sunday, Nov. 20 for a match-up with Korea’s Hyeji Park.
Flyweight Ryan Williams (Toledo, Ohio) and light welterweight Dedrick Crocklem (Tacoma, Wash.) will step into the ring tomorrow for Team USA. Williams will be making his international debut against Canada’s Miguel Montenegro, while Crocklem will look to continue his winning ways at these championships when he faces Mark Fajardo of the Philippines. Full schedule can be seen below.
2022 Youth World Boxing Championships Draw Set!
The nine boxers set to represent Team USA over the next two weeks at the 2022 Youth World Championships in La Nucia, Spain have found out their first opponent of the tournament, as well as their potential path to stand atop the medal podium. Full first bout opponent can be seen below.
Dedrick Crocklem (Tacoma, Wash.) will be the first member of Team USA the step into the ring at these championships. The light welterweight will face Vietnam’s Tran Minh Tri Pham during the fifth bout of the day’s third session of competition. The two boxers will take to Ring A at approximately 2:00 p.m. ET.
Featherweight duo Cornellio Phipps (Oxford, Pa.) and Yoseline Perez (Houston, Texas) will compete on Wednesday, Nov. 16, during the day’s first and second sessions. Phipps will take on Bolivia’s Sebastian Daza Gutierrez in the eighth bout in Ring A during the day’s first session, while Perez will be up third in Ring B against Azerbaijan’s Aysu Devrishova during the second session of the day. The sessions begin at 6:00 a.m. ET and 9:30 a.m. ET.
Ryan Williams (Toledo, Ohio) will make his tournament debut on Wednesday against Canada’s Miguel Estrada Montenegro, while New York duo Amir Anderson (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Randi Griffith (Gouverneur, N.Y.) take to the ring on Thursday.
Sunday will see Sa’rai Brown-El (Marietta, Ga.) and Patrick O’Conner (Fort Washington, Md.) take to the ring, while Talia Halverson (Harwood Heights, Ill.) will have to wait a week until next Tuesday, Nov. 22 to make her international debut.
USA Boxing National Developmental Coach Chad Wigle (Colorado Springs, Colo.) is leading the team in Spain, with assistant coaches Gilberto Garza (San Antonio, Texas), Blanca Gutierrez (Pacifica, Calif.) and Richard Stephenson (Middletown, N.Y.), as well as USA Boxing Strength and Conditioning Fellow Gillian Brennan (Overland Park, Kan.).
73 countries and 593 boxers will take part in these Youth World Championships, which is the first Youth World Championships for USA Boxing since 2018.
Day 2 Results
57 kg: Cornellio Phipps, Oxford, Pa./USA, won by RSC over Sebastian Daza Gutierrez/BOL, RSC-3
57 kg: Yoseline Perez, Houston, Texas/USA, won by RSC over Aysu Devrishova/AZE, RSC-1
Day 3 Schedule – Nov. 17
51 kg: Ryan Williams, Toledo, Ohio/USA, vs. Miguel Estrada Montenegro/CAN (6:00 a.m. ET session*)
Day 4 Schedule -Nov. 18
60 kg: Randi Griffith, Gouverneur, N.Y./USA, vs. Rukiye Kaya/TUR (6:00 a.m. ET session*)
71 kg: Amir Anderson, Syracuse, N.Y./USA, vs. Bobbi Duggan Flood/IRL (6:00 a.m. ET session*)
Day 6 Schedule – Nov. 20
52 kg: Sa’Rai Brown-El, Marietta, Ga./USA, vs. Tomiris Myrzakul/KAZ (9:30 a.m. ET session*)
80 kg: Patrick O’Connor, Fort Washington, Md./USA, vs. Luis Reynoso Valiente/CUB (6:00 a.m. ET session*)
Day 8 Schedule – Nov. 22
75 kg: Talia Halvorsen, Harwood Heights, Ill./USA, vs. winner of NOR vs. KAZ (12:00 p.m. ET session*)
Georgia Flyweight Sa’Rai “Warrior Princess” Brown-El
The Future Face Of Women’s Boxing!
(November 14th) Georgia flyweight Sa’Rai “Warrior Princess” Brown-El is on a sensational run as she prepares to compete in the upcoming Youth World Championships, November 14-26, in La Nucia, Spain.
The 17-year-old from Marietta is a three-time National Junior Olympic champion (2017-19) who has also captured gold medals at the 2021 USA Boxing Youth National Championships, 2020 USA Boxing Junior National Championships, 2019 Junior Open and 2019 National PAL, among the many titles she owns.
She got into boxing at the age of 8 in Albany, New York, where her family was visiting, eventually leading them all to her uncle’s gym. Her father originally wanted her brothers to box, but Sa’Rai also wanted to get involved in combat sports. It was a natural transition for her, who is a legacy boxer because her father, mother and brothers have all boxed.
“Me and my mom went to find a pair of gloves after we were told there weren’t any left. I started hitting the bag and then I did mitts with my uncle. That’s where I fell in love with the sport and discovered I was naturally born to do this.”
She has excelled in every area on her remarkable roll, which she will attempt to extend at the Youth World Championships over the next two weeks.
“I am super pumped and ready to go to Spain for the Youth Worlds,” the ultra-confident Sa’Rai said. “My mindset is on gold. My manifestation and hard work will put me in top by the last day with the gold medal around my neck on that number one podium. It’s truly a blessing to be representing the USA.
“My biggest challenge is probably myself; boxing is 90-percent mental, meaning I have to have a mindset that nothing can be hard enough to stop me from reaching my goals. My short-range goals, right now, are to win the Youth Worlds and finish out the year making the Youth High Performance Team. Long range, I’d say, is to fight in the 2024 Olympics in Paris. Being world champ, looked up to as an inspiration to all and, most importantly, having proven to be the most feared female boxer.”
Brown-El believes USA Boxing has helped in terms of working against other styles at tournaments, in addition to benefiting from training with her elite stablemates, and under the guidance of world-class coaches, at the state-of-the-art United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
“I can show my skills and have learned many other skills and drills there (training center) to become a universal boxer,” she noted. “I’ve been able to go against every style there is in international fighting and be able to dominate every time. USA Boxing has taught me very valuable lessons: to be professional, disciplined and dedicated, because there are a lot of obstacles that come with it. For me, being professional is the only way to have a career in this sport.”
Winning at the 2021 National to be part of the 2022 Youth High Performance Team, thus far, are the highlights of her relatively young boxing career. To win that gold medal, Sa’Rai explained, she needed to push through injuries that nearly forced her to pull out of the tournament.
Brown-El has a high ring IQ. Basically, the sweet science is about hitting the opponent without getting hit, especially in Olympic style boxing. Her ring IQ is advanced beyond her years, using angles, constantly moving, and confusing her opponent with her evasiveness. And, Brown-El quickly adds, that doesn’t mean she won’t bang if needed.
“I love representing my country,” she concluded. “I want to show the world we are the greatest. Team USA will come out on top at the Youth Worlds. My message for U.S. boxing fans is to keep watching. The future of boxing is coming in hot!”
Cornellio Phipps Living the Dream!
(November 10th) As talented featherweight Cornellio “Chada” Phipps prepares for the upcoming Youth World Championships, he admits to living the dream, and before he turns pro in a few years, the Olympic-style boxing plan for him is medaling in the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
The 17-year-old Phipps, who fights out of Oxford, Pa., first got into boxing four years ago on the advice of his father. Phipps played basketball and football, but he didn’t feel either of those were his true spot. He actually fell in love with boxing while watching fights before he even boxed, when he was seven.
“I tell people to never give up their dreams, to keep punching, and never let anybody doubt you,” Phipps said. “This feels good (preparing for the Youth Worlds). I never thought I’d get to this stage. It’s been tough but fun. I’m on Team USA representing my country.
“It starts on the big stage by me medaling at the Youth Worlds (November 14-26, in La Nucia, Spain). Being on Team USA has made a big difference for me. I’ve learned how to box against different moves, understanding the points system, and how to win. Training in Colorado Springs has helped me to succeed and also have fun learning from my new coaches.”
Phipps has already tasted success prior to the Youth Worlds. He has captured gold medals at the 2022 USA Boxing National Qualifier, 2021 USA Boxing Youth National Championships, as well as the 2020 and 2019 Junior National Championships.
All-around boxer-puncher is the best way to describe Phipps style in the ring. He can brawl, box, and move around well. “I’m more of a boxer than brawler,” he noted. “I can fight on the outside or lay on the ropes. I move and show angles, plus I can easily switch to southpaw (from his orthodox stance).”
Like many of his young USA Boxing teammates, the Youth Worlds will be the first international competition of his career. These championships is something he is really looking forward to for a wide variety of reasons.
“I’m excited to be fighting on my first international competition at the Youth Worlds in Spain,” Phipps concluded. “I was supposed to fight in a tournament in Bulgaria in 2020, but that was canceled due to COVID. I’m going to show my skills at the Youth Worlds to prove I belong at the top level, and that is the Olympics.”
Houston Featherweight Yoseline Perez
Sends Strong Message To U.S. Boxing Fans!
(November 8th) Despite her parent’s initial reluctance to support her as a boxer, Yoseline Perez has rapidly developed into a rising amateur star, and she’ll display her skills for the first time in international competition at the Youth World Championships, November 14-26, in La Nucia, Spain.
“I started boxing when I was 10 because my oldest brother wanted to box,” Perez explained. “My parents took all five of us (siblings) after school every day to Woodlands Boxing Gym so that three of my brothers could train. Since I was there every day not doing anything but watching, one of the coaches asked me if I wanted to box. I said, yes. My parents were not okay with it initially, because they felt like boxing was too harsh for a girl, which made me want to do it more.”
Her dogged determination and complete training buy-in has already paid off. The 18-year-old Houston featherweight has racked up gold medals at the 2022 USA Boxing National Qualifier, 2021 USA Boxing Youth National Championships, 2019 USA Boxing Junior National Championships, 2019 National PAL Championships, as well as the 2017 National Junior Olympics.
Next up for Yoseline and her teammates is the Youth World championships. “I feel honored to compete in the Youth Worlds Championships and represent the United States,” Perez said. “Overall, I feel confident about winning gold, because of my perseverance and willingness to do whatever it takes.
“The highlight of my career to this day is becoming part of Team USA because my dream has always been to go to the Olympics and earn a gold medal. Knowing that I am getting closer and closer to my goals is by far the most incredible feeling. Team USA Boxing has allowed me to become more of a universal fighter, making me a more experienced boxer. Not only does USA Boxing help me develop my boxing skills, but it also pushes me to be a leader, which has contributed to the person I am today.”
Perez is an all-around boxer, one capable of boxing or brawling, pending what’s needed to emerge victoriously.
In addition to being confident of doing whatever it takes to win at the Youth Worlds, Perez’ goals also include capturing gold at the USA Nationals this December, as well as qualify for the USA Boxing Elite Team, highlighted by winning the 2023 U.S. Olympic
Trials to become a member of the 2024 USA Olympic Boxing Team. Yoseline hopes to medal at the Paris Olympics and then turn pro.
“It is a privilege being able to represent the U.S. and I hope to represent the U.S. as best as I can,” Perez added. “Watch me put the whole world all over the floor.”
USA Boxing Finalizes 2022
Youth World Championship Team Members!
(November 8th) USA Boxing announced today the nine boxers who will represent Team USA in La Nucia, Spain at the 2022 Youth World Boxing Championships. Full team roster can be seen below.
USA Boxing National Developmental Coach Chad Wigle (Colorado Springs, Colo.) will lead the team in Spain, with assistant coaches Gilberto Garza (San Antonio, Texas), Blanca Gutierrez (Pacifica, Calif.), Elizabeth Navarro (Mission, Texas) and Richard Stephenson (Middletown, N.Y.), as well as USA Boxing Strength and Conditioning Fellow Gillian Brennan (Overland Park, Kan.). Additional staff traveling with the team include USA Boxing High Performance Coordinator Morgan Bergquist (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Boxing Communications Manager Brian Taylor (Whiteville, N.C.) and Dr. Ingrid Carter (Doral, Fla.), who will serve as the Team Physician during these championships.
These Youth World Championships will be the first Youth World Championships attended by Team USA since 2018, where the team won three gold and one bronze medals. The Official Draw will take place on Monday, Nov. 14, with competition set to begin on Tuesday, Nov. 15. Finals will be divided into two days of competition on Friday, Nov. 25 and Saturday, Nov. 26.
All nine boxers will be making their Team USA international debuts at these World Championships.
89 nations have applied to participate in the tournament, with 476 male and 208 female boxers registered to compete. Final numbers will be announced at the tournament draw.
USA Boxing will continue to update the 2022 Youth World Championships website throughout the competition, including bout sheets, results, live stream information and more.
51 kg: Ryan Williams, Toledo, Ohio
52 kg: Sa’Rai Brown-El, Marietta, Ga.
57 kg: Cornellio Phipps, Oxford, Pa.
57 kg: Yoseline Perez, Houston, Texas
60 kg: Randi Griffith, Gouverneur, N.Y.
63.5 kg: Dedrick Crocklem, Tacoma, Wash.
71 kg: Amir Anderson, Syracuse, N.Y.
75 kg: Talia Halvorsen, Harwood Heights, Ill.
80 kg: Patrick O’Connor, Fort Washington, Md.
Syracuse Light Middleweight Amir Anderson
Goes From Tears To Gold For USA Boxing!
(November 3rd) Syracuse light middleweight Amir “Cashman” Anderson has gone from being bullied in school to one of the faces of USA Boxing’s immediate future.
The 18-year-old Anderson has already captured top honors at the 2022 Summer Festival National Championships, 2022 USA Boxing National Qualifier, 2021 USA Boxing Youth National Championships, 2019 USA Boxing Junior National Championships and 2019 Eastern Regional Open in his young career.
Now, though, he’s preparing for his first international tournament, the Youth World Championships, November 14-26, in La Nucia, Spain.
Anderson started boxing in 2012, after his mother advised him to go to a gym to learn how to be tougher skinned.
“In my younger years,” he explained, “I used to cry instead of fighting back, when I was bullied. My mother wanted me to be tougher. I went to the gym and have never turned back.
“USA Boxing has changed me mentality-wise towards life. I’ve learned so much and I’m a believer. No matter what, even if I lose, go on to the next fight, and keep working hard to be the best I can. I’ve been on Team USA twice. Not a lot make it once, never mind twice. I’ve only lost three times in 30 tournament fights.”
Anderson is excited to be competing in his first international tournament to prove himself at a higher level. He has set high standards for himself, his next chapter starting later this month in Spain.
“It’s a blessing, I can’t wait,” Anderson spoke about going to the Youth World Championships. “I can’t wait to compete against the best in the world. I’ve proven myself as the best nationally. I want to get gold at these championships and a belt at the 2022 Nationals. I want to compete at the 2024 Olympics (Paris) and be a multi-gold medalist in international boxing.”
Self-described as a “mental frustration” to fight, Anderson is a well-rounded, all-around Olympic-style boxer with a high upside. He can move around the ring or fight in the pocket with great success, orthodox or southpaw style, and from all ranges – close, mid and long.
“I’m grateful to represent my country,” Anderson concluded. “I’m honored and proud of myself. I always want to represent the USA and go around the world to show what a great country we live in.
“I want to also represent people who are battling anything in their lives, because I’ve had issues, and I’m still pushing myself to be the best.”
The only tears Amir Anderson may shed now will be the result of his major successes in his very bright future.