The 13 young male athletes who will vie for gold at the 2013 Junior World Championships in Kiev, Ukraine, are preparing for the major event, which will be contested September 5-15. The Junior World Championships squad recently participated in a major camp with several of their youth and elite counterparts at the Olympic Training Center to aid in their preparation. The athletes competing in the event will be: pinweight Jordan White (Waldorf, Md.), light flyweight Freudis Rojas, Jr. (Las Vegas, Nev.), flyweight Joseph Cuellar (Tulare, Calif.), light bantamweight Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.), bantamweight Devin Haney (Las Vegas, Nev.), featherweight Michael Nelson (Mansfield, Ohio), lightweight Keoni Adric, Jr. (Haleiwa, Hawaii), light welterweight Brandon Trejo (Napa, Calif.), welterweight Javier Estrada (Palmdale, Calif.), junior middleweight Alexis Rocha (Santa Ana, Calif.), middleweight Eric Murguia (Mission Hills, Calif.), light heavyweight Suray Mahmutovic (Daly City, Calif.), and heavyweight Pano Tiatia (St. George, Utah).
2013 USA Boxing Elite National Champions Leroy Davila (New Brunswick, N.J.) and Kenneth Sims, Jr. (Chicago, Ill.) will join youth titlists Antonio Vargas (Kissimmee, Fla.), Alex Rincon (Carrollton, Texas), and Alexis Urbina (Phoenix, Ariz.) for the training camp. Bantamweight Dennis Galarza (Orlando, Fla.) and welterweight Erickson Lubin (Kissimmee, Fla.) joined them at the recent training camp.
Coaches Keoni Adric, Sr. (Haleiwa, Hawaii), Willie Moses (Newark, N.J.), Daniel Soto (Kissimmee, Fla.), and Andrew Soto (Phoenix, Ariz.) assisted USA Boxing International Teaching Coach Pedro Roque at the recent training camp.
USA Boxing’s own golden girl, Claressa Shields, is preparing for her latest challenge and it won’t take place in the boxing ring. The second youngest gold medalist in Olympic boxing history has received a scholarship to attend Olivet College in Olivet, Mich. She joined her fellow incoming freshman at orientation recently and is looking forward to starting classes later this month in Olivet nearly 90 minutes from Flint. The 18-year-old, who is the first in her family to graduate high school, plans to study broadcast journalism and business.
For more on what’s next for Claressa, read this national AP article -