Team USA Rebounds To 2-1 On Day Two Of Boxam 2020
Since yesterday was not the successful experience one might have wanted, Team USA definitely put the bad experience behind them and made the most of the second day of the Boxam 2020 International amateur boxing tournament in Spain.
57 kg women’s fighter Andrea Medina of San Diego, California dominated in the first bout of the day defeating Maria Del Carmen/ESP winning on all five of the scorecards. Medina’s dominant performance puts her in a position to medal, as in her first-ever elite international competition in February Medina won a silver medal against Yulia Tsyplakova of Ukraine. Medina looks to be in the driver’s seat in her division, and it would be surprising if she doesn’t come home with some type of souvenir.
52 kg Abraham Perez of Albuquerque, New Mexico is having an impressive tournament winning on back-to-back days as he defeated Joan Manuel Torres Valdez/ESP, 5-0. The most impressive aspect of Perez’s win was he fought a different fight than he did the day prior as he put pressure on Valdez who was unable to respond effectively. Perez boxed the first day and cruised to victory with a day of rest, Perez looks to be a formidable foe, Perez is also the Olympic Trials winner as well.
52 kg Anthony Herrera of Los Angeles, California, lost a close decision to Salvador Martin Molina/ESP, in the final bout of the day for Team USA, which prevented the U.S. team from completing a sweep. Herrera, trained by Edgar Jasso, has a professional style sitting down on punches, throwing to the body, and is very fan-friendly to watch, but does get caught in-between punches. These dramatic lapses could’ve been the difference in the fight in the judges eyes as the fight was close and I think whoever you came into the bout biased towards, you’d say was the victor, as I slightly favored Herrera winning this bout.
The judges split on the outcome with three seeing it for the Spaniard Molina, while two favored the American.
Tomorrow, we will see much more action from Team USA as, 57 kg: Andrea Medina, San Diego, Ca will face Amina Zidani/FRA, 60 kg: Rashida Ellis, Lynn, Mass will face Maiva Hamadouche/FRA, 69 kg: Oshae Jones, Toledo, Ohio/, vs. Shannon Toure/FRA, 81 kg: Rahim Gonzales, Las Vegas, Nev., vs. Jalidov Schamilovic/ESP and 91 kg: Darius Fulghum, Houston, Texas, vs. Emmanuel Reyes Pla/ESP.