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Andrea Medina and Oshae Jones Lead The Way For Team USA at Boxam 2020 on Day Three

The women have been having a tournament for Team USA Boxing at the Boxam 2020, in Spain, as Andrea Medina and Oshae Jones were the only winners from Team USA on day three.

57 kg Andrea Medina, San Diego, Ca defeated Amina Zidani of France, to advance to the medal rounds. Medina is having a tremendous tournament as the action fighter is using a good jab-right-hand-left-hook combination that is giving her a favorable advantage in her fights so far. Medina has a high work-rate and is defensively responsible and is emerging as a star of the 2021 Olympic hopefuls for Team USA.

69 kg Oshae Jones, Toledo, Ohio dominated Shannon Toure of France, as Jones controlled the action with a good jab from the southpaw stance and kept Toure at a distance with a strong left-hand that visibly made Toure uncomfortable. I have gone on record as saying Jones is our best bet for a gold medal in this coming Olympic Games, and her dominant performance once again showed why she should be so highly touted heading into the Olympic Games.

60 kg Rashida Ellis, Lynn, Mass./USA, the sister of Golden Boy Promotions contender, Rashidi “Speedy” Ellis, had a tough go of things losing to Maiva Hamadouche of France. Ellis never looked to get settled or get into a grove against Hamadouche’s one-two which landed far too-often for a biased American boxing writer wanting to Ellis succeed. Ellis, a talented fighter, never looked to be the same self she showed at the Olympic Trials in 2019.

In a surprising turn of events, 81 kg: Rahim Gonzales, Las Vegas, Nevada native lost to Jalidov Schamilovic of Spain, in the most entertaining bout of the day. Gonzales, who is new to international competition, competing in his first major international tournament in February, and this being only his second international tournament, to my knowledge. The bout saw the two exchange punches from in close as the bout turned into a dog-fight with Gonzales showing hand speed reminiscent of one of his idols, Roy Jones Jr. in close. Despite losing, Gonzales gained a lot of experience international with this fight, more so than I would say than his bout in Sofia, Bulgaria, even, even though he accumulated two wins in that tournament.

The cinderella story of the Olympic Trials 91 kg Darius Fulghum, Houston, Texas lost to Emmanuel Reyes Pla/ESP, in the final bout of the day, as Fulghum a tremendous competitor, looks to be getting used to fighting on the world stage, as his opponent looked as though he been used to fighting international prior. Fulghum will have to re-group from this experience and learn from it moving forward as Fulghum is a no-nonsense fighter, who is able to compete with the best on any given day.

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