(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO) – The
long road to championship night concluded on Friday afternoon at
the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships with 35 semifinal
bouts. All the semifinalists in both the male and female
divisions took the ring on Friday with hopes of advancing to the
|Both of the 2011
National Champions suffered elimination in their
semifinal bouts to create first-time final round
match-up in the female light flyweight division.
Reigning gold medalist Amy Sowers (Bozeman, Mont.) was
defeated by Olympic Team Trials contestant Alex Love
(Monroe, Wash.) in their semifinal contest.
Photo by Sue TL Fox
Love, who moved down to the light
flyweight division for the 2012 National Championships, won a
22-13 decision over Sowers. On the opposite side of the bracket,
Lisa Ha (Honolulu, Hawaii) defeated 2011 silver medalist Marina
Ramirez (Sacramento, Calif.) by a 20-14 margin.
Two closes light flyweight bouts determined the finalists in the
men’s division. Olympic Trials silver medalist Santos Vasquez
(Sparks, Nev.) grabbed the first spot, winning a 15-12 decision
over Stephen Fulton, Jr. (Philadelphia, Pa.) in their semifinal
bout. Three-time national champion Louie Byrd (Denver, Colo.)
hoped to advance to his fourth USA Boxing National Championships
finals, but Leroy Davila (North Brunswick, N.J.) had other
plans. Davila pulled out a 21-20 decision over Byrd to win the
bout and move on to the finals with Vasquez.
Although the flyweight spot on the U.S. Olympic Team has been
locked down by three-time Olympian Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati,
Ohio), eight flyweights traveled to Colorado Springs, hoping to
claim a national title. Two of them still have an opportunity to
do so following Friday’s semifinal action. Edmundo Guzman (Las
Cruces, N.M.) won the first spot by taking a 16-13 decision over
Brent Venegas III (Elk Horn, Calif.) in the first of the two
flyweight semifinals. He will face the U.S. Army’s Charles
Williams (N.C.) on Saturday afternoon in the flyweight final.
Williams pulled out a 15-14 decision over Eduardo Vasquez
(Sheridan, Colo.) in Friday’s semifinal action to move on to the
|Christina Cruz (New
York, N.Y.) has bounced back from her loss at the
Olympic Trials with three straight victories at the 2012
USA Boxing National Championships. Cruz won an 18-11
decision over Ayanna Vasquez (Las Cruces, N.M.) in her
semifinal bout to move on to the championship round
where she will battle Jamie Mitchell (Pacific Grove,
Calif.). Mitchell won a 25-18 decision
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|over Melanie Costa
(Norton, Mass.) to advance to Saturday night’s showdown
In men’s bantamweight action,
Joet de Jesus Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) won an all-California
match-up with Gary Salazar (Fresno, Calif.). De Jesus Gonzalez
took the low scoring affair, recording a 7-5 decision over
Salazar. His final round contest will feature a match-up with
Riccardo Kerns (Anchorage, Alaska). Kerns trekked all the way
from Anchorage to Colorado Springs for the tournament but his
long journey has been worth it, as he will compete in the
bantamweight final on Saturday afternoon. Kerns defeated Luis
Castro (Texas), 26-19 in the semifinals to move on to Saturday’s
A third Women’s Olympic Trials competitor punched her ticket for
finals night in the featherweight division. Lightweight
competitor Tiara Brown (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) moved down to the
featherweight class for the 2012 USA Boxing National
Championships and she will compete for a gold medal in the
125-pound class on Saturday night. Brown won a 21-9 decision
over Kirstie Simmons (Aurora, Colo.) to earn a spot in the
featherweight finale. Brown will take on teenage sensation
Rashida Ellis (Lynn, Mass.) in the featherweight championship
bout on Saturday. Ellis defeated Karla Herrera (Los Angeles,
Calif.) by a 14-12 margin to move on to her showdown with Brown.
The men’s lightweight championship bout will feature a rematch
from the finals of the August Olympic Trials as two-time
national champion and Olympic Trials titlist Jose Ramirez
(Avenal, Calif.) faces 2008 Olympian Raynell Williams
(Cleveland, Ohio). Both lightweight semifinals featured
rematches from the recent Olympic Trials with Williams facing
Toka Kahn Clary (Providence, R.I.) and Ramirez battling Kenneth
Sims, Jr. (Chicago, Ill.). Williams claimed his spot first in a
barnburner with Kahn Clary, the 2011 USA Boxing National
Championships silver medalist. The bout went into the final
seconds with the outcome in doubt, but Williams claimed a 21-20
final decision to move on to Saturday’s action. Ramirez enjoyed
a slightly easier time in his bout with Sims. Although Ramirez
had pulled out their initial bout at the Olympic Trials by only
one point, he won by a much larger margin at Fort Carson. Sims
kept the bout close early on but Ramirez slowly began to pull
away, eventually winning a 27-14 decision.
Emily Dagnan (Jasper, Tenn.) and Katie Brunancini (Los Angeles,
Calif.) will do battle in the women’s lightweight championship
bout following victories by both in Friday’s semifinals.
Brunacini moved on to Saturday afternoon’s action with a 23-10
decision over Felisha Estrada Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) in
their semifinal contest. Dagnan joined her in the finals with a
19-10 victory over Rosa Garcia (Arizona) in the second female
The light welterweight division featured one of the most
crowd-pleasing bouts of the day as Julian Rodriguez (Paterson,
N.J.) defeated Robert Easter (Toledo, Ohio) to the delight of
Rodriguez’s very vocal fans. Rodriguez managed to overcome his
large height deficit en route to a 22-18 victory over Easter and
a spot in the final bout. He will face Olympic Trials champion
Jamel Herring (Coram, N.Y.) in Saturday night’s light
welterweight contest. Herring continued his methodical run
through the tournament on Friday, winning a 20-13 decision over
Luis Olivares (Glendale, Ariz.) to claim the second spot in the
light welterweight championship bout.
|The female light
welterweight bout will showcase a highly anticipated
matched between two-time national champion Cashmere
Jackson (Cleveland, Ohio) and Olympic Trials silver
medalist Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.). Mayer
moved up to the light welterweight class following her
loss at the Olympic Trials and has enjoyed success
at her new
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|weight division. She
claimed her spot in the finals today with a convincing
21-5 win over Christella Cepeda (Yonkers, N.Y.). Jackson
earned her berth in her third straight championship bout
with a 22-5 victory over Ariel Beck (Helena, Mont.).
Alex Martin (Chicago, Ill.)
returned to his second USA Boxing National Championships final
bout with a victory over 2010 National Golden Gloves champion
David Grayton (Washington DC) in welterweight semifinal action.
Martin won a 24-14 decision over Grayton to move on to
Saturday’s finals where he will battle Patrick Day (Freeport,
N.Y.). Day won a New York City face-off with Christopher Galeano
(Bronx, N.Y.), claiming an 8-8 tiebreaker victory on his 26-21
total punch count edge.
Two former middleweight national champions will face off in the
165-pound final round contest on Saturday night following wins
by Olympic Trials titlist Jesse Hart (Philadelphia, Pa.) and
Terrell Gausha (Cleveland, Ohio). Hart battled hometown boxer
Izaak Cardona (Colorado Springs, Colo.) in his semifinal
contest, winning a 14-10 decision over Cardona to move on to his
second straight USA Boxing National Championships championship
bout. Gausha continued his impressive showing in his semifinal
match-up with Demond Nicholson (Laurel, Md.), taking a 22-13
decision to advance to the finals.
The women’s light heavyweight championship bout will pit two
familiar foes from the middleweight division as Olympic Trials
contestants Tiffanie Hearn (San Diego, Calif.) and Franchon
Crews (Baltimore, Md.) prepare to face-off again. Both Hearn and
Crews stopped their opponents to move on to the finals with
Hearn defeating Kendra Minnis (St. Louis, Mo.) and Crews beating
Denise Rico (Los Angeles, Calif.).
Marcus Browne (Staten Island, N.Y.) became the fourth Olympic
Trials winner to move on to championship night with his
semifinal victory on Friday. Browne defeated Anthony Sims, Jr.
(Ypsilanti, Mich.), 18-6 in their semifinal showdown to punch
his ticket for finals night. On the opposite side of the
bracket, the U.S. Army’s Steven Nelson, Jr. (Fort Walton Beach,
Fla.) upset former national champion Robert Brant (Oakdale,
Minn.) to the delight of the crowd in attendance. Nelson’s 31-16
decision over Brant gave him the second spot in the light
In men’s heavyweight action, 2008 Olympic Trials champion
Michael Hunter (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Javonta Charles (W. Des
Moines, Iowa) will face off for the heavyweight crown. Charles
earned the first berth in the heavyweight final with a 13-5
victory over Antwon Abron (Stockton, Calif.). Hunter completed
the bracket with a 16-9 decision over 2010 USA Boxing Athlete of
the Year Steve Geffrard (Boca Raton, Fla.).
The super heavyweight division was the final weight class to
finalize their championship round contestants and two west coast
boxers claimed the final two spots in finals night. UNLV boxer
and Last Chance Qualifier champion Brett Rather (Las Vegas,
Nev.) defeated number one seed and Olympic Trials silver
medalist Laron Mitchell (San Francisco, Calif.), 17-14 in their
semifinal bout to move on to the finals. Olympic Trials
participant Dominic Breazale (Los Angeles, Calif.) claimed the
lone remaining spot following a 19-16 win over his teammate
Jonathan Hamm (Atlanta, Ga.).
The three qualified men’s weight divisions and three women’s
Olympic weight classes will compete in final action at 1 p.m.
with the remaining weight divisions, which are each advancing on
to major international tournaments, boxing at 6 p.m. at the Fort
Carson Special Events Center.
Friday’s Semifinal Results
106 lbs/female: Lisa Ha, Honolulu, Hawaii dec. Marina Ramirez,
Sacramento, Calif., 20-14
106 lbs/female: Alex Love, Monroe, Wash., dec. Amy Sowers,
Bozeman, Mont., 22-13
108 lbs/male: Santos Vasquez, Sparks, Nev., dec. Stephen Fulton,
Jr., Philadelphia, Pa., 15-12
108 lbs/male: Leroy Davila, N. Brunswick, N.J., dec. Louie Byrd,
Denver, Colo., 21-20
112 lbs/female: Ayesha Green, Trenton, N.J., dec. Maryguenn
Vellinga, Salt Lake City, Utah, 10-7
114 lbs/male: Edmundo Guzman, Las Cruces, N.M., dec. Brent
Venegas III, Elk Horn, Calif., 16-13
114 lbs/male: Charles Williams, North Carolina dec. Eduardo
Vasquez, Sheridan, Colo., 15-14
119 lbs/female: Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y., dec. Ayanna
Vasquez, Las Cruces, N.M., 16-13
119 lbs/female: Jamie Mitchell, Pacific Grove, Calif., dec.
Melanie Costa, Norton, Mass., 25-18
123 lbs/male: Joet de Jesus Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif., dec.
Gary Salazar, Fresno, Calif., 7-5
123 lbs/male: Riccardo Kerns, Anchorage, Alaska, dec. Luis
Castro, Texas 26-19
125 lbs/female: Tiara Brown, Lehigh Acres, Fla., dec. Kirstie
Simmons, Aurora, Colo., 21-9
125 lbs/female: Rashida Ellis, Lynn, Mass., dec. Karla Herrera,
Los Angeles, Calif., 14-12
132 lbs/female: Emily Dagnan, Jasper, Tenn., dec. Karla Herrera,
Los Angeles, Calif., 19-10
132 lbs/male: Jose Ramirez, Avenal, Calif., dec. Kenneth Sims,
Jr., Chicago, Ill., 27-14
132 lbs/male: Raynell Williams, Cleveland, Ohio dec. Toka Kahn
Clary, Providence, R.I., 21-20
141 lbs/female: Cashmere Jackson, Cleveland, Ohio dec. Ariel
Beck, Helena, Mont., 22-5
141 lbs/female: Mikaela Mayer, Los Angeles, Calif., dec.
Christella Cepeda, Yonkers, N.Y., 21-5
141 lbs/male: Jamel Herring, Coram, N.Y., dec. Luis Olivares,
Glendale, Ariz., 20-13
141 lbs/male: Julian Rodriguez, Paterson, N.J., dec. Robert
Easter, Toledo, Ohio, 22-18
152 lbs/female: Raquel Miller, San Francisco, Calif., dec. Tara
Weisshaar, Burlington, Colo., 29-2
152 lbs/female: Danyelle Wolf, San Diego, Calif., dec. Alicia
Napoleon, Lingdenhurst, N.J., 24-5
152 lbs/male: Patrick Day, Freeport, N.Y., dec. Christopher
Galeano, Bronx, N.Y., 8-8 (29-21)
152 lbs/male: Alex Martin, Chicago, Ill., dec. David Grayton,
Washington DC, 24-14
165 lbs/male: Jesse Hart, Philadelphia, Pa., dec. Izaak Cardona,
Colorado Springs, Colo., 14-10
165 lbs/male: Terrell Gausha, Cleveland, Ohio dec. Demond
Nicholson, Laurel, Md., 22-13
178 lbs/female: Tiffanie Hearn, San Diego, Calif., stopped
Kendra Minnis, St. Louis, Mo., RSC
178 lbs/female: Franchon Crews, Baltimore, Md., stopped Denise
Rico, Los Angeles, Calif., RSC
178 lbs/male: Marcus Browne, Staten Island, N.Y., dec. Anthony
Sims, Jr., Ypsilanti, Mich., 18-6
178 lbs/male: Steven Nelson, Jr., Fort Walton Beach, Fla., dec.
Robert Brant, Oakdale, Minn., 31-16
201 lbs/male: Javonta Charles, W. Des Moines, Iowa, dec. Antwon
Abron, Stockton, Calif., 13-5
201 lbs/male: Michael Hunter, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Steve
Geffrard, Boca Raton, Fla., 16-9
201+ lbs/male: Dominic Breazale, Los Angeles, Calif., dec.
Jonathan Hamm, Atlanta, Ga., 19-16
201+ lbs/male: Brett Rather, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Laron
Mitchell, San Francisco, Calif., 17-14
Saturday’s Championship Bout Sheet
112 lbs/female: Anissa Vasquez, Fort Worth, Texas vs. Ayesha
Green, Trenton, N.J.
114 lbs/male: Edmundo Guzman, Las Cruces, N.M., vs. Charles
Williams, Tulsa, Okla.
123 lbs/male: Joet de Jesus Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif., vs.
Riccardo Kerns, Anchorage, Alaska
132 lbs/female: Emily Dagnan, Jasper, Tenn., vs. Katie Brunacini,
Los Angeles, Calif.
152 lbs/male: Patrick Day, Freeport, N.Y., vs. Alex Martin,
165 lbs/female: Fallon Farror, Staten Island, N.Y., vs. Dara
Shen, Alexandria, Va.
106 lbs/female: Alex Love, Monroe, Wash., vs. Lisa Ha, Honolulu,
108 lbs/male: Santos Vasquez, Sparks, Nev., vs. Leroy Davila,
North Brunswick, N.J.
119 lbs/female: Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y., vs. Jamie
Mitchell, Pacific Grove, California
125 lbs/female: Tiara Brown, Lehigh Acres, Fla., vs. Rashida
Ellis, Lynn, Mass.
132 lbs/male: Raynell Williams, Cleveland, Ohio vs. Jose
Ramirez, Avenal, Calif.
141 lbs/female: Cashmere Jackson, Cleveland, Ohio vs. Mikaela
Mayer, Los Angeles, Calif.
141 lbs/male: Julian Rodriguez, Paterson, N.J., vs. Jamel
Herring, Coram, N.Y.
152 lbs/female: Raquel Miller, San Francisco, Calif., vs.
Danyelle Wolf, San Diego, Calif.
165 lbs/male: Jesse Hart, Philadelphia, Pa., vs. Terrell Gausha,
178 lbs/female: Tiffanie Hearn, San Diego, Calif., vs. Franchon
Crews, Baltimore, Md.
178 lbs/male: Marcus Browne, Staten Island, N.Y., vs. Steven
Nelson, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
201 lbs/male: Javonta Charles, W. Des Moines, Iowa vs. Michael
Hunter, Las Vegas, Nev.
201+ lbs/male: Brett Rather, Las Vegas, Nev., vs. Dominic
Breazale, Los Angeles, Calif.
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boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the
International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of
the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).