Tuesday, December 27, 2016

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Saturday, December 10, 2016


TECATE WILL PRESENT THE BEST OF 2016 AWARD CEREMONY AT THE WBC CONVENTION


December 6, 2016

The World Boxing Council will celebrate its 54th annual convention from December 11 to 17 at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida, combining boxing stars honouring the eternal King of Boxing, Muhammad Ali, and also featuring The Best of 2016 Awards Ceremony, which is presented by TECATE.
Those who`ve excelled will be recognized, cheered and applauded in this special ceremony on December 12: The award winning categories are:
BOXER OF THE YEAR
Roman Gonzalez
Shinsuke Yamanaka
Gennady Golovkin
Wanheng Menayothin
Terence Crawford
FIGHT OF THE YEAR
Carlos Cuadras vs Roman Gonzalez
Jorge Linares vs. Anthony Crolla
Francisco Vargas vs. Orlando Salido
DRAMATIC FIGHT OF THE YEAR
Shinsuke Yamanaka vs Anselmo Moreno
Tony Bellew vs. Ilunga Makabu
Jermell Charlo vs John Jackson
KO OF THE YEAR
Deontay Wilder VS. Artur Szpilka
Saul Alvarez VS. Amir Khan
Tony Bellew VS. Ilunga Makabu
Adonis Stevenson VS. Thomas Williams Jr.
COMEBACK OF THE YEAR
Hozumi Hasegawa
Ganigan Lopez
Mickey Garcia
Tony Bellew
REVELATION OF THE YEAR
Jermell Charlo
Dejan Zlaticanin
Avni Yildirim
Mairis Briedis
PROSPECT OF THE YEAR
Diego De La Hoya
Ohara Davies
Eduardo Hernández
José Díaz
Jose Ramirez Jr.
Daniel Valdivia

EVENT OF THE YEAR
Saul Alvarez vs. Amir Khan
Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Canelo Alvarez meets little-known but undefeated Liverpool fighter

Check out John Raspanti's column on MaxBoxing.com about the Canelo vs Smith fight.

http://www.maxboxing.com/news/main-lead/canelo-alvarez-meets-little-known-but-undefeated-liverpool-fighter

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

New Bill Passed in NY is Driving Boxing Out of the State

Read this NY Post article to see the huge mistake being made in New York that will cause major  damage to boxing in the state

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Thursday, July 14, 2016



TECATE AND TOP RANK PRESENT
ÓSCAR VALDEZ / JOSE BENAVIDEZ, JR.
FRANCISCO SANTANA
LOS ANGELES PUBLIC WORKOUTS
PLUS SPECIAL APPEARANCES BY
HALL OF FAME TRAINER
FREDDIE ROACH
AND
UNDEFEATED WORLD CHAMPIONS
GILBERTO RAMIREZ AND VIKTOR POSTOL

This Sunday!  July 17, at 2 P.M. PT
Olvera Street's El Pueblo Historical Monument Kiosko

Hosted By Nationally-Syndicated Radio Star Piolín

(Spanish and English Posters Attached)


            LOS ANGELES (July 14, 2016) -- Fight Week for the most anticipated fight of the year -- the junior welterweight world title unification fight between undefeated top pound for pound gladiators TERENCE "Bud" CRAWFORD and "The Iceman" VIKTOR POSTOL -- will begin with a free public workout, sponsored by Tecate, in Los Angeles This Sunday! July 17, from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. PT, before resuming in Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 19.  Adding to the festivities will be nationally-syndicated radio star PIOLÍN, who will host the entire event.

            Undefeated No. 1 featherweight contender and two-time Mexican Olympian ÓSCAR VALDEZ, undefeated former interim world champion  JOSE BENAVIDEZ, JR, and his opponent FRANCISCO "Chia" SANTANA will host an outdoor public workout for fans at El Pueblo Historical Monument Kiosko located on Los Angeles' famous Olvera Street.  The workouts will begin at 2:00 p.m. PT and will be followed by meet and greets with the fans.  Also attending, though not working out, will be GILBERTO "Zurdo" RAMIREZ, Mexico's undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) super middleweight world champion with the matinee idol looks, POSTOL and his Hall of Fame trainer World-Famous FREDDIE ROACH, who will also be signing autographs and taking photos with the fans.  Valdez, Benavidez and Santana will all be featured in fierce battles on the Terence Crawford - Viktor Postol pay-per-view undercard.

            Valdez (20-0, 17 KOs), who represented Mexico in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and was the first Mexican fighter to qualify for two Olympic games, will be facing undefeated No. 2 world-rated contender MATÍAS "La Cobrita" RUEDA (26-0, 23 KOs), from Tandil, Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the vacant WBO featherweight world title. 

            Benavidez (24-0, 16 KOs), from Phoenix, AZ, the former World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super lightweight champion and current No. 4 world-rated welterweight contender, will be facing Santana (24-4-1, 12 KOs), from Santa Barbara, Calif., in a 10-round welterweight rumble.

            Promoted by Top Rank®, in association with Tecate, All Star Boxing and the motion picture "Hands of Stone," the Crawford vs. Postol world championship event will take place on Saturday, July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., and be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. 

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            Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs), of Omaha, Neb., already a two-division world champion, has won four of his last five bouts by stoppage.  The consensus Top-10 pound-for-pound fighter will be making his MGM Grand Garden debut in his third title defense as World Boxing Organization (WBO)  junior welterweight world champion. 

            Postol (28-0, 12 KOs), from Kiev, Ukraine, put his stamp on the boxing landscape when he scored a 10th-round knockout of the heavily-favored former world champion Lucas Matthysse to capture the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) super lightweight world title on October 3, 2015.  Having won two of his last three fights by knockout, the Freddie Roach-trained Postol will be making his first defense of that title. 

            Remaining tickets are priced at $304, $204, $104, and $54, not including applicable service fees.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call AXS at (888) 929-7849.  Tickets are also available for purchase at mgmgrand.com or AXS.com (http://bit.ly/24ORYhs)    

            For fight updates go to www.toprank.com, or www.hbo.com/boxing, on Facebook at facebook.com/trboxing, facebook.com/trboxeo or facebook.com/hboboxing, and on Twitter at twitter.com/trboxing, twitter.com/trboxeo, or twitter.com/hboboxing.  Use the Hashtag #CrawfordPostol to join the conversation on Twitter.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Canelo Gives up WBC Title. GGG is named Middleweight Champion



                                                            WBC MIDDLEWEIGHT STATUS
 May 18, 2016
 
The World Boxing Council has received official confirmation from Golden Boy Promotions with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez decision to vacate the WBC middleweight championship .
Gennady Golovkin is hereby recognized as the undisputed WBC middleweight champion of the world.
The WBC wishes “Canelo” Alvarez great success in his career and will certainly look forward to see Golovkin vs Alvarez materialize in the future.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

WBC Clean Boxing Program Webinar






TO ALL WBC CHAMPIONS AND ALL WBC RATED FIGHTERS FROM NUMBER 1 TO NUMBER 15

May 12, 2016
 
The WBC has officially INITIATED the Clean Boxing Program Webinar produced by the WBC/VADA alliance and using Clearidium as its collector.
All fighters who meet the description of being a WBC Champion or holding a position in the top 15 of our WBC Ratings must view the e-learning program, that can be found on our Website (wbcboxing.com)  WBC CLEAN BOXING PROGRAM section and REGISTER, which is a mandatory requirement to be accomplished within the following 90 days. 
After viewing the WBC/VADA  e-learning webinar you will find  the  necessary paperwork under the title  FORMS/PROTOCOLS/ POLICIES  to be completed and sent back to us via e-mail luiswbc@aol.com or by scanning of the document to info@VADA-testing.org or fax to (702)-255-8420
The WBC is committed to support the boxers of the world and protect them from the dangers of performing enhancing drugs. The WBC has as its priority the education of all boxers concerning PEDs and the prevention of their usage.
For any questions or counseling regarding the clean boxing program you may contact the links shown on the WBC/VADA e-learning webinar. All the material is in English and will be available in Spanish in the coming days.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Canelo vs Khan: Power KO’s Speed





Fight Night Correspondent: Kevin Kayhart  

The Canelo Alvarez and Amir Kahn Middleweight Championship fight was billed as power versus speed.  And that’s exactly what fans got at the inaugural sporting event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Saturday night.  

Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KO’s) hunted and pursued Khan (31-4, 19 KO’s) for 5 plus rounds, largely to no avail, but then he delivered what is no doubt the “one punch knockout of the year”— a tremendous right hand that landed squarely on Khan’s chin.  He was out before he hit the canvas.

The end came at 2:37 of the 6th round.  Up until that point, Khan had done much of what he wanted to do.  He used his movement, speed and occasional left-right combination punching to avoid Alvarez’s big power shots.  

Round one was pretty much a feel-out round for both fighters.  By the second round Khan started sticking out his jab more and he was able to make Canelo miss with his power shots.

It was more of the same for the next three rounds, as most of Alvarez’s big left hooks hit nothing but air.  But despite his futility of landing the big shot, there seemed to be that looming thought that the fight could end at any time with one punch. 
And in the end that’s exactly what happened.  

There was some tense moments after the brutal knockout.  Khan appeared motionless on the canvas as his cornermen and ring doctor rushed to his side. 
He was taken to the hospital as a precaution but is expected to be okay. 

“I didn’t make it to the end, but I tried my best,” Khan would text later. “I want to be the best, and I want to fight the best. That is why I took this fight.”

Canelo acknowledged Khan’s skills, 
”He is a fast fighter, and I knew things would be complicated in beginning, but I knew they would come to my favor as the fight went on.”







Surprisingly, only one of the three judges had Khan winning on their scorecard— 48-47— at the time of the stoppage.  The others two had it for Canelo— 49-46 and 48-47.   In This Corner TV Host James “Smitty” Smith had Khan ahead 49 to 46. 

It didn’t take long during the post fight interview for the focus to turn to the “other” Middleweight Champion, Gennady Golovkin.  Triple-G was sitting ringside, and afterwards he climbed into the ring to help stir-up the hype for what could be the next “Mega-Fight.”  

“I invited him to come to the ring. I don't fear anyone; we don't come to play in this sport. I fear no one in this sport. Right now I will put on the gloves again and fight him”, said Canelo during the post-fight interview.  “We are going to fight but not because it's a mandatory. I don't care about this. We don't have to fight for the belts, but we are going to fight.”  

Canelo has two weeks to negotiate a fight with Golovkin.  If a deal can’t be made, the WBC will strip him of his title and make Golovkin the champion.  He already has the IBF and WBA belts and is the WBC’s interim champion.

Golden Boy CEO Oscar De La Hoya maintains he will start negotiations with Golovkin’s team Sunday morning, “Those negotiations will happen behind closed doors, and when we come to an agreement, we will let everyone know.”

Golovkin has been lobbying for a fight with Canelo  for months, but the Mexican star’s handlers—specifically Golden Boy promotions— have been quoted as saying they want “the fight” to “marinate” more.  Lets hope that marination doesn’t spoil over time and ruin a bout between two of boxing’s heaviest hitters.

Canelo vs Khan Recap

Friday, May 6, 2016

Canelo vs Khan: Born Bold with Tecate

Canelo vs Khan Preview

THE WBC CLEAN BOXING PROGRAM







THE WBC CLEAN BOXING PROGRAM


May 6, 2016





THE WBC AND VADA WISHES TO INVITE YOU TO ATTEND THE OFFICIAL LAUNCHING OF THE CLEAN BOXING PROGRAM . WBC PRESIDENT , MAURICIO SULAIMAN FROM MEXICO AND VADA PRESIDENT MARGARET GOODMAN WILL MAKE THE ANNOUNCEMENT AT THE MGM MEDIA CENTER ON SATURDAY MAY 7 IN THE COMPANY OF SEVERAL BOXING ICONS WHO ENDORSE THIS LOABLE WORK TO KEEP OUR SPORT CLEAN.


PROFESSIONAL BOXING’S FIRST YEAR-ROUND UNANNOUNCED AND RANDOM PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUG TESTING PROGRAM


Las Vegas, Nevada: The World Boxing Council (“WBC”) in association with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (“VADA”) is proud to announce the formal launching of the Clean Boxing Program (“CBP”). Under the CBP, the top fifteen (15) WBC-rated fighters in each weight class will be subject to random, year-round unannounced testing for performance enhancing drugs (“PEDs”) and other prohibited methods in a program to be administered by VADA.

The WBC, founded in 1963 and presided by the late Dr. Jose Sulaiman for 38 years, is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the sport of boxing and implementing safety measures for the protection of all boxers.  The WBC’s and VADA’s common goal is to have a clean sport

No one regulatory body oversees all of professional boxing. At the present time, testing for PEDs is limited and without uniformity from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman and VADA President Dr. Margaret Goodman representing their respective organizations are committed to educate fighters and the boxing community on the dangers and consequences of consuming PEDs. That goal has lead to the implementation of the different facets of the CBP around the world. The CBP also aspires to educate fighters about the benefits of utilizing effective nutrition and training practices.

The CBP offers a multi-tiered approach, beginning with a mandatory webinar entitled “Winning Fair with the Clean Boxing Program.” The webinar will advise fighters about their obligations under the CBP and the required paperwork that must be completed. It will also discuss the CBP/VADA prohibited drug list, PED side effects, and the risks of prohibited supplement use.

Fighters will be given a 90-day window from May 9, 2016 to view the webinar and file their registration and whereabouts forms. Those items, in addition to all policies, procedures and protocols, are available on the WBC web site at http://wbcboxing.com/WBCVADA/  Anti-doping experts and confidential counseling will be available to fighters who enroll in the CBP.

This groundbreaking program is mandatory for all WBC champions and the top fifteen WBC-rated fighters in each weight class. The CBP also has available funds to incorporate any other fighter who enrolls on a voluntary basis.

Each athlete who is tested and other authorized parties under the CBP will receive notification of his or her test results. 

For further information, contact the WBC at Contact@WBCBoxing.com or VADA at info@VADA-testing.org


The Voluntary Anti-Doping Association, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 2011 to offer and promote effective anti-doping programs in boxing and mixed martial arts. Since its inception, VADA has conducted hundreds of anti-doping tests worldwide, using only World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratories and certified doping collection officers. VADA’s officers and the members of its board of directors have more than 100 years of experience in boxing. VADA is honored to have Dr. Don Catlin (widely regarded as the “father of anti-doping testing”) as its scientific advisor.

Friday, April 22, 2016

K2 Promotions Features Two Women's Bouts on Saturday






VIVA K2 - THANK YOU FOR THE FORESIGHT OF SUPPORTING WOMEN´S BOXING



THE WBC IS PROUD TO SEE K2 PROMOTIONS ADDING 2 SENSATIONAL BOUTS FEATURING SUPERB WOMEN FIGHTERS.
WOMEN'S BOXING IS GROWING AND 2016 WILL BE THE BEST YEAR YET, CERTAINLY MAKING A STATEMENT IN THE GREATEST MARKET OF BOXING, THE USA. CONGRATULATIONS K2 AND TOM LOEFFLER FOR BELIEVING IN AND SUPPORTING THESE GREAT WARRIORS OF THE RING.
WBC WOMEN'S BOXING COMMITTEE.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

DIEGO CORRALES VS. JOSE CASTILLO I TO AIR TONIGHT AT 10 P.M. ET/PT ON SHOWTIME EXTREME



The greatest fight I’ve ever announced in my 35-year career.” -- Al Bernstein 

2005 Round of the Year (Corrales-Castillo 10th): http://s.sho.com/22S8ufr

Bernstein Reflects On Corrales-Castillo I: http://s.sho.com/1MrXRso




Photo Credit: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

As part of the ongoing 30th Anniversary celebration of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®, relive the unforgettable 2005 Fight of the Year between world champions Diego “Chico” Castillo and Jose Luis Castillo tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME. 


In anticipation of tonight’s “Throwback Thursday” airing, below are links to watch the 2005 Round of the Year (Corrales-Castillo 10th) and a reflection on the slugfest from Hall of Fame analyst Al Bernstein. 

Corrales-Castillo Round 10:


Bernstein Reflects On Corrales-Castillo I:


Corrales-Castillo, and all of the classic fights presented as part of the 30th Anniversary, are available on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, SHOWTIME ANYTIME® and via the network’s online streaming service.  

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Pacquiao vs Bradley 3 Recap

Pacquiao vs Bradley III: The Fight

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Boxing Fight Night Reporter: Kevin Kayhart

The final curtain fell in grand fashion on the illustrious career of Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night. It was his last pugilistic performance if you believe the Filipino legend’s decision to retire after this third and final installment with Timothy Bradley.  

Pacquiao (58-6-2 38 KO’s) showed fans he still has the speed and experience to beat a world class fighter — scoring two knockdowns down en route to a unanimous 12 round decision victory over Timothy Bradley (33-2-1 13 KO’s) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  

All three judges had it 116 to110 for Pacquiao.  “In This Corner TV” host James “Smitty" Smith, had it closer— at 115-112. “This was the best of the three fights.  In the end they fought 36 rounds and Manny shows he was the faster fighter, stronger fighter— the better fighter”, said Smith.

The bout started as a ground-game battle for positioning.  Then the action picked up in round 4 with both fighters having some flashy moments.  The tide appeared to subtly change when Bradley stopped throwing a consistent jab.

The big turning point came in round 7 when Pacquiao knocked Bradley down, although he appeared to be more off-balance then hurt. In round 9, Bradley was hurt by a perfect left hand right down the pipe and subsequently went down again when Manny followed it up with a short left hook that sent him rolling over on the canvas.

Pacquiao went on the hunt from there and kept control until the end as Bradley appeared to look discouraged.

Compubox stats backed up the judges’ decision.   Pacquiao threw more and landed more— 122 of 439 total punches for 27.8%.  Bradley landed 99 of 302 total punches for 32.8%.  The telling number was the lack of jabs by Bradley—landing just 12 of 84 in the fight.

In the media room afterwards, Bradley admitted defeat and had no excuses, “ Manny appeared to always be in the right spot. He was a step ahead of me and I was supposed to be a step ahead of him.”  Bradley’s trainer, Teddy Atlas, agreed, “Manny fought a great fight and deserved the win.”  

Pacquiao took to the podium and admitted he went for the knockout but couldn’t finish Bradley off, ”I had a dream that I would knock Bradley out, but he is a great boxer. Still, I’m happy with the fight.”

The first edition of this trilogy was back in 2012.  Most fans and boxing pundits had Pacquiao winning a convincing unanimous decision, but two of the three judges didn’t agree.  Bradley ended up with the split decision win. That fight was the inspiration for the creation of this "Boxing Fight Night" App! The rematch in 2014 was more of the same, only this time Pacquiao was awarded the 12 round unanimous decision.  

Now with this latest win, the question on the minds of most—- will Manny Pacquiao retire?   He stuck to his decision while in the ring moments after the fight,  “This is my last fight. That is the plan.  I just don’t know how it feels to be retired. If it feels good I will be retired.”   When asked later he said, “ In my heart I’m 50/50, but as of now I plan to retire.”  Tim Bradley added, “No, Manny should not retire. He’s the best fighter I’ve ever faced.”

Fight fans will have to wait and see.  One thing is for sure— Manny Pacquiao is a first ballot Hall of Famer, and by most accounts, will be considered one of the “greats” of all time.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Former WBA President Gilberto Mendoza Dies






THE WBC MOURNS THE PASSING OF GILBERTO MENDOZA


March 11, 2016

We have saddening news, today in Caracas Venezuela, Don Gilberto Mendoza passed away, former president of the World Boxing Association, an organization he leaded since October 7 of 1982, when he was elected during that sanctioning body's annual convention held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
From that date he leaded the WBA as well as no else did in the past, even when this group was called National Boxing Association and was based in the United States. Don Gilberto, an expert in boxing, always considered the creation of the program known as "KO Drugs” as one of his greatest accomplishments as commissioner, done in Venezuela, in Panama and other countries for almost a quarter of a century.
Mr. Mendoza, engineer by profession, and with various degrees and postgraduate achieved in his native Venezuela, the United States and England, was 33 years at the helm of the WBA, always wearing his white hair, glasses and his soft and deep voice. He was a beloved leader who might have lasted many more years chairing the organization, if it were not for the disease that finally ended his life. It was just last year when he resigned the presidency and his son Gilberto Jesus succeeded him.
Don Gilberto, who was born in Barquisimeto, Lara State, Venezuela, in 1943, began in boxing as Treasurer of the Commission of Aragua, Venezuela. His last election was in 2013, when the WBA held its annual convention in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Before that, he went to work with his teammates, always trying to improve the functioning of his group. It was a great friend of our Honorary Life President, Don Jose Sulaiman, and like him, the moment came when his existence was extinguished, putting mourning the sport of fists. We wish his family prompt resignation, and friend gone, may God have him in his holy reign.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Follow and Support USA Boxing


THE UNITED STATES SQUAD LEARNS THEIR OPENING ROUND OPPONENTS AT THE AMERICAS QUALIFIER IN ARGENTINA
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (March 11, 2016) - The United States team and their fellow competitors learned their road to Olympic qualification on Friday at the Americas Qualifier in Buenos Aires, Argentina. All of the American athletes successfully made weight on Friday night prior to the official tournament draw at the host hotel. More than 180 athletes from 33 nations in south, central and north America traveled to Buenos Aires for the Olympic qualifying event.
 
None of the U.S. team members will compete in opening night action but three American boxers will step in to the ring for Saturday's preliminary competition at the Ferial la Rural de Palermo in Buenos Aires. Light heavyweight Jonathan Esquivel (Anaheim, Calif.) and super heavyweight Marlo Moore (Hayward, Calif.) will compete in the early session, facing the Bahamas Israel Johnson and Canada's Aaron Huggins respectively. Lightweight Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) will take on Kimberly Gittens from Barbados in evening action.
 
Three more American boxers will compete in Sunday afternoon's preliminary competition. Bantamweight Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.) will open the tournament in a bout with Colombia's Luis David Vargas while middleweight Charles Conwell (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) will battle Alejandro Mora of Uruguay. Heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) will close the day's action from Team USA in a match with Davon Hamilton of the Bahamas.
 
On Monday, four U.S. athletes will compete in their first bouts. Welterweight Paul Kroll (Philadelphia, Pa.) will take on Hopkin Ebanks of the Cayman Islands in the afternoon session. Flyweight Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) and 2012 Olympic gold medalist middleweight Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) will box in Monday's evening competition. Fuchs will face the winner of an opening round match between Ecuador and Mexico and Shields will challenge Panama's Atheyna Byion in her first bout of the tournament. Pan American Games flyweight champion Antonio Vargas (Kissimmee, Fla.) will take on the Dominican Republic's Leonel De Los Santos in evening session as well.
 
Light flyweight Nico Hernandez (Wichita, Kansas) and light welterweight Gary Russell (Capitol Heights, Md.) will be the final two U.S. boxers to compete in Argentina, opening action on Wednesday. Hernandez will face the winner of Venezuela and Costa Rica in the early session while Russell faces the victor of a bout between Costa Rica and Ecuador in evening competition.   
 
The American team arrived in Buenos Aires on March 2 and spent their final week of training camp acclimating to their new time zone and surroundings in Argentina. All 12 Olympic Trials winners will compete in the continental qualifying event with 25 Olympic spots on the line in Buenos Aires in the 13 Olympic weight divisions.
 
Kroll, Conwell, Awesome and Moore will all need to place in the top three to secure their Olympic berths. The third place spot will be determined by a consolation bout on the same date as the championship matches.
 
Hernandez, Fuchs, Vargas, Stevenson, Russell, Shiels and Esquivel will all need to advance to the tournament finals and Mayer will need to win gold to earn their spots in the 2016 Olympic Games.
 
USA Boxing Women's National Team Head Coach Billy Walsh (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and coaches Joe Guzman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Kay Koroma (Burke, Va.), Benny Roman (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Augie Sanchez (Las Vegas, Nev.) will guide the American team in Argentina.  
 
The Americas Olympic Qualifier is the first of three qualifying opportunities for the men and two for the female athletes. The top four athletes in the Women's World Championships in May will also advance to the 2016 Olympic Games. The men will have two additional qualifying events in in June and potentially early July to determine the final male athletes competing in Brazil.  
 
Lightweight Carlos Balderas (Santa Maria, Calif.) qualified for the 2016 Olympics based upon his finish in the 2015 World Series of Boxing season and does not need to compete in any qualifying events.
 
Watch the entire competition live by heading over to http://tycsports.com
 
For full tournament brackets, click here.
 
 
Team USA's Opening Bouts
108 lbs: Nico Hernandez, Wichita, Kansas/USA vs. winner of Venezuela/Costa Rica on March 16
112 lbs/female: Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas/USA vs winner of Ecuador/Mexico on March 14
114 lbs/male: Antonio Vargas, Kissimmee, Fla./USA vs. Leonel De Los Santos, DOM on March 14
123 lbs/male: Shakur Stevenson, Newark, N.J./USA vs. Luis David Vargas, COL on March 13
132 lbs/female: Mikaela Mayer, Los Angeles, Calif./USA vs. Kimberly Gittens, BAR on March 12
141 lbs/male: Gary Russell, Capitol Heights, Md./USA vs. Costa Rica/Ecuador on March 16
152 lbs/male: Paul Kroll, Philadelphia, Pa./USA vs. Hopkin Ebanks, CAY on March 14
165 lbs/female: Claressa Shields, Flint, Mich./USA vs. Atheyna Byion, PAN on March 14
165 lbs/male: Charles Conwell, Cleveland Heights, Ohio/USA vs. Alejandro More, URU on March 13
178 lbs/male: Jonathan Esquivel, Anaheim, Calif./USA vs. Israel Johnson, BAH on March 12
201 lbs/male: Cam F. Awesome, Lenexa, Kansas/USA vs. Davon Hamilton, BAH on March 13
201+ lbs/male: Marlo Moore, Hayward, Calif./USA vs. Aaron Huggins, CAN, on March 12
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). For more information about USA Boxing, go to www.usaboxing.org
Julie Goldsticker | USA Boxing | Phone: (719) 440-1050  | julie@goldstickerpr.com | www.usaboxing.org
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