(MAR 23) (COLORADO SPRINGS,
COLO.) – The 2011 United States squad for the first 2011 Pan
American Games Qualifier, March 25-29, in Cumana, Venezuela has
been finalized. All 13 Olympic weight divisions will be
represented at the event with boxers in the 10 men’s weight
divisions and three women’s weight classes competing for a berth
in the 2011 Pan American Games October 13-30, in Guadalajara,
The 13 boxers representing the United States will be: male light
flyweight Michael Bennedosso (Fort Carson, Colo.), male
flyweight John Franklin (Fort Carson, Colo.), female flyweight
Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.), male bantamweight Luis
Feliciano (Milwaukee, Wis.), male lightweight Toka Kahn-Clary
(Providence, R.I.), female lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle,
Wash.), male light welterweight Pedro Sosa (Bronx, N.Y.), male
welterweight Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas), male middleweight
Luis Arias (Milwaukee, Wis.), female middleweight Tiffanie Hearn
(Louisville, Ky.), male light heavyweight Jeffrey Spencer (Fort
Carson, Colo.), male heavyweight Michael Hunter (Las Vegas,
Nev.), and male super heavyweight Danny Kelly (Washington DC).
The male boxers from light flyweight through the middleweight
division will need to advance to the semifinal round to earn a
berth in Guadalajara while the light heavyweight through super
heavyweight contestants will need to finish in the top three. On
the women’s side, the three U.S. boxers will need to earn a
berth in the finals to advance to Guadalajara.
The 13-person squad will be led by coaches Joe Zanders(Long
Beach, Calif.), Barry Hunter(Fort Washington, Md.), Gloria Peek
(Norfolk, Va.), and Mike Stafford(Cincinnati, Ohio). Gary Pliner
(Janesville, Wis.) will serve as the Team Manager with Joe
Sanchez (Darien, Ill.) working as the AIBA official andDr.
Armando Sanchez(Milwaukee, Wis.) joining the squad as the Team
The team participated in a short mini camp at the U.S. Olympic
Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and will depart for
Venezuela late tonight. The team will arrive in Cumana on
Wednesday prior to the technical meeting and event draw, which
will take place on Thursday. Competition will begin on Friday at
the Ely Montes Coliseum in Cumana and run through Tuesday prior
to the team returning home on Wednesday, March 30.
United States Pan American Games Qualifier Team
108 lbs/male: Michael Bennedosso, Fort Carson, Colo.
112 lbs/female: Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y.
114 lbs/male: John Franklin, Fort Carson, Colo.
123 lbs/male: Luis Feliciano, Milwaukee, Wis.
132 lbs/male: Toka Kahn-Clary, Providence, R.I.
132 lbs/female: Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash.
141 lbs/male: Pedro Sosa, Bronx, N.Y.
152 lbs/male: Errol Spence, Desoto, Texas
165 lbs/male: Luis Arias, Milwaukee, Wis.
178 lbs/female: Jeffrey Spencer, Fort Carson, Colo.
201 lbs/male: Michael Hunter, Las Vegas, Nev.
201+ lbs/male: Danny Kelly, Washington DC
National Coach: Joe Zanders, Long Beach, Calif.
Coach: Mike Stafford, Cincinnati, Ohio
Coach: Barry Hunter, Fort Washington, Md.
Coach: Gloria Peek, Norfolk, Va.
Team Manager: Gary Pliner, Janesville, Wis.
AIBA Official: Joe Sanchez, Darien, Ill.
Team Physician: Dr. Armando Sanchez, Milwaukee, Wis.
USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style
boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the
International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of
the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).