Team USA Departs Today for First International Tournament of 2019
25 boxers left Colorado today to represent Team USA at the 2019 Strandja Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria to kick off a busy year of international competitions.
Nine World Championship medalists headline the team, featuring 2018 Elite Women’s World Championships bronze medalists Naomi Graham (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and a trio of medalists from the 2017 Elite Men’s World Championships, including Troy Isley (Alexandra, Va.), Duke Ragan (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Freudis Rojas (Las Vegas, Nev.).
Eight boxers will be representing Team USA for their first time in elite international competition, including two-time Youth World Championships bronze medalists Isamary Aquino (San Antonio, Texas), two-time World Champion Heaven Garcia (El Monte, Calif.) and 2015 Junior World Championships silver medalists Yarisel Ramirez (Las Vegas, Nev.).
Head Coach Billy Walsh (Colorado Springs, Colo.) will lead the American delegation throughout the tournament, along with USA Boxing National Assistant Coach Kay Koroma (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Rasheen Ali (Cleveland, Ohio), Tim Back (Cincinnati, Ohio), Kevin Benford (Cincinnati, Ohio), Joe Guzman (Fountain, Calif.) and Christine Lopez (Rowlett, Texas) join Koroma and Walsh as members of the coaching staff.
Team USA will look to improve on the five medals they won at the 2018 Strandja Tournament, one gold, one silver and three bronze.
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51 kg: Heaven Garcia, El Monte, Calif.
52 kg: Michael Angeletti, Spring, Texas
52 kg: Abraham Perez, Albuquerque, N.M.
57 kg: Isamary Aquino, Universal City, Texas
57 kg: David Navarro, Los Angeles, Calif.
57 kg: Yarisel Ramirez, Las Vegas, Nev.
57 kg: Duke Ragan, Cincinnati, Ohio
60 kg: Rashida Ellis, Lynn, Mass.
60 kg: Amelia Moore, Alexandria, Va.
63 kg: Keyshawn Davis, Norfolk, Va.
63 kg: Dalis Kaleiopu, Waianae, Hawii
69 kg: Oshae Jones, Toledo, Ohio
69 kg: Sharaya Moreu, Albuquerque, N.M.
69 kg: Freudis Rojas Jr., Las Vegas, Nev.
69 kg: Delante Johnson, Cleveland, Ohio
75 kg: Naomi Graham, Colorado Springs, Colo.
75 kg: Troy Isley, Alexandria, Va.
75 kg: Javier Martinez, Milwaukee, Wisc.
75 kg: Morelle McCane, Cleveland, Ohio
81 kg: Khalil Coe, Jersey City, N.J.
81 kg: Atif Oberlton Jr., Philadelphia, Pa.
91 kg: Jared Anderson, Toledo, Ohio