THE third annual Junior Open and Youth National Championships concluded on Friday with 36 final rounds bouts at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev. The day’s action featured several multiple champions reclaiming the top spot in the country along with newcomers enjoying their first gold medals at the national level. The winners in the junior weight classes and women’s youth divisions will get the opportunity to compete in world championships competition while the youth males will prepare for continental action.
The junior division faced off in final round competition in Friday’s noon session competition and the stakes were high with a gold medal and international action on the line. Pinweight Jesse Rodriguez (Adelanto, Calif.) claimed the first gold medal of the day, winning a unanimous decision victory over Abraham Perez (Albuquerque, N.M.) in the tournament’s smallest weight division.
Male and female champions were next up in the light flyweight division and the state of California won a second gold medal with Heaven Garcia (El Monte, Calif.) defeating Amy Salinas (Mesquite, N.M.) in female action. Angel Martinez (Rockford, Ill.) took the gold in the male light flyweight division, claiming the victory over Gage Mendoza (Denver, Colo.).
Flyweight Rey Diaz (N. Las Vegas, Nev.) continued his run through the tournament with a 3-0 victory over Angel Cordon (Martinez, Calif.) in the championship bout to win the first gold medal for the event’s host state.
In light bantamweight competition, Otha Jones (Toledo, Ohio) and Pauline Viesca (Commerce, Calif.) each took home gold medals. The pair defeated Rogelio Ortega (Pasadena, Texas) and Romalin Martinez (Houston, Texas) respectively to claim Junior Open titles.
Yarisel Ramirez (Las Vegas, Nev.) won gold and the Outstanding Boxer award with a unanimous decision victory over Jessica Juarez (San Diego, Calif.) in the women’s bantamweight class. In male division action, 2014 Junior Olympic National Champion Marc Castro (Fresno, Calif.) won his first national title of the year, taking a 2-1 win over Rodolfo Silva (Galena Park, Texas).
In contrast to the men’s bantamweight division, a reigning champion fell in women’s featherweight competition. Zhane Crockett (Toledo, Ohio) defeated 2014 Junior Open titlist and outstanding boxer Diana Estrada (Hillsboro, Ore.) by split decision for her first youth national championship.
Featherweight Gabriel Flores (Stockton, Calif.) closed his impressive tournament showing with a 2-1 win over Rommel Caballero (Coachella, Calif.) in their California showdown on Friday afternoon. He not only took gold but also the Outstanding Boxer award for his showing in Reno.
The men’s lightweight featured a battle between Philadelphia and New York and big apple boxer Harley Maderos (New York, N.Y.) won the day, claiming a 3-0 decision over Branden Pizarro (Philadelphia, Pa.).
Another reigning Junior Olympic champion took his first Junior Open title in the men’s light welterweight division. Leon Lawson III (Flint, Mich.) defeated fellow Junior Olympic titlist Andres Borrego (Denver, Colo.) for his second straight gold medal.
Two California boxers claimed gold in the welterweight division final round bouts. Kylie Hall (Clovis, Calif.) defeated Sharahaya Moreu (Albuquerque, N.M.) in women’s action while Brandun Lee (Coachella, Calif.) recorded the lone stoppage win of the afternoon with a first round TKO over Jaydon Vigil (Lakewood, Colo.).
Destiny Navarro (El Centro, Calif.) won the final female junior division title with a 2-1 victory over Gabriela Gallegos (Los Angeles, Calif.) in their junior middleweight bout bout while her male counterpart Joey Spencer (Linden, Mich.) earned a 3-0 victory over Jose Gomez (Arlington, Texas).
In the final two junior division contests, Jared Anderson (Toledo, Ohio) and defending champion Richard Torrez (Tulare, Calif.) each took gold with wins over Cristian Robles (Houston, Texas) and Roland Lemus (Los Angeles, Calif.) respectively.
The light flyweight division opened a great night of action in the youth division with 17 final round bouts highlighting the action at the Grand Sierra. 2013 Junior Olympic national champion Dylan Price (Sicklerville, N.J.) took his first youth division title as well as the Outstanding Boxer award with a 2-1 victory over Kawelo Alcos (Waipahu, Hawaii) on Friday night. Hillary Perez (Arlington, Texas) won the gold medal in the women’s light flyweight championship bout with a 2-1 win over 2014 Junior Olympic national champion Ruth Diaz (Houston, Texas).
Kristyn Juarez (Los Angeles, Calif.) pulled the upset in the women’s flyweight division, defeating 2013 Junior World Champion Caitilin Orosco (Anaheim, Calif.) by a 2-1 margin in their final round bout. In addition to the gold medal, Juarez received the Outstanding Boxer award in the youth female division. On the men’s side, Shon Mondragon (Commerce City, Calif.) won a 2-1 victory over Thomas Blumenfeld (Albany, N.Y.) in their flyweight bout.
The women’s bantamweight division showcased one of the most highly anticipated bouts of the day as defending champion Melody Montes (Kissimmee, Fla.) faced off with two-time Junior Olympic champion Jayda Thomas (Detroit, Mich.). Thomas took her first youth title with a 2-1 victory over Montes in the match-up. 2014 Youth Olympic champion Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.) added yet another title to his ever-growing list of accolades on Friday, winning his second straight youth national championship with a 2-1 win over Duke Ragan (Cincinnati, Ohio).
In women’s featherweight competition, Melanie Gonzalez (Houston, Texas) took home the gold with a 2-1 victory over fellow Texan Destiny Jones (Austin, Texas) in their championship bout.
2014 Youth Olympic champion Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) kept her two appearances in the ring in Reno brief, winning her second straight first round TKO victory in her bout with Crystal Navarro (Austin, Texas). The victory is the third straight in Reno for the two-time world champion.
The same was true for the winner in the men’s lightweight class as two-time Junior Open champion Devin Haney (Las Vegas, Nev.) made a successful transition to the youth division with his third straight gold medal in his home state. Haney defeated Andres Cortes (Henderson, Nev.) by a 2-1 decision to claim his first youth title.
Ariel Arismendez (Tolleson, Ariz.) made the move to the light welterweight division after last year’s competition at lightweight and the decision paid off. She won youth national championships gold with a unanimous decision over Adriana Ramirez (Stockton, Calif.) in their final round bout. In the men’s division, the first of two straight Philadelphia natives took gold. Jaron Ennis (Philadelphia, Pa.) defeated Josue Vargas (Bronx, N.Y.) by a 3-0 decision in their light welterweight match-up for his first youth national championship.
The city of brotherly love enjoyed its second win in the men’s welterweight division as Mark Dawson (Philadelphia, Pa.) defeated Ferdinand Kerobyan (N. Hollywood, Calif.) by a 3-0 margin to add another gold medal to Philadelphia’s total. The women’s welterweight division title went to Annalicia Sustaita (Garland, Texas) following her 2-1 decision win over Alexis Arteaga (Greenfield, Wis.).
Defending youth national champion Iesha Kenney (Alexandria, Va.) added another title in a new weight division on Friday. Kenney won a unanimous decision victory over Chayanne Carroll (Thorp, Wis.) in middleweight action for her third straight championship in Reno. A second reigning titlist was victorious in the men’s middleweight division. Charles Conwell (Toledo, Ohio) reclaimed his spot on the USA Boxing national team with a 3-0 win over Edgar Berlanga (Brooklyn, N.Y.).
Miguel Teo (Marlboro, Mass.) took the title in the light heavyweight division, winning a unanimous decision over Manjaro Hills (Baker, La.) in their final round match-up.
Rafael Gaitan (Forrest Hill, Texas) defeated defending champion Matthew Mollet (Port Orchard, Wash.) by a 3-0 margin in the heavyweight division for his first youth national title.
In the final bout of the tournament, 2014 Junior Olympic national champion Devon Young (Graniteville, S.C.) took the super heavyweight championship with a second round TKO victory over Hunter Matthew (Fairchance, Pa.).
Championship Bout Results
106 lbs/female: Hillary Perez, Arlington, Texas dec. Ruth Diaz, Houston, Texas, 2-1
108 lbs/male: Dylan Price, Sicklerville, N.J., dec. Kawelo Alcos, Waipahu, Hawaii, 2-1
112 lbs/female: Kristyn Juarez, Los Angeles, Calif., dec. Caitlin Orosco, Anaheim, Calif., 2-1
114 lbs/male: Shon Mondragon, Commerce City, Calif., dec. Thomas Blumenfeld, Albany, N.Y., 2-1
119 lbs/female: Jayda Thomas, Detroit, Mich., dec. Melody Montes, Kissimmee, Fla., 2-1
123 lbs/male: Shakur Stevenson, Newark, N.J., dec. Duke Ragan, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2-1
125 lbs/female: Melanie Gonzalez, Houston, Texas dec. Destiny Jones, Austin, Texas, 2-1
132 lbs/female: Jajaira Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif., won on TKO over Crystal Navarro, Austin, Texas, TKO-1
132 lbs/male: Devin Haney, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Andres Cortes, Henderson, Nev., 2-1
141 lbs/female: Ariel Arismendez, Tolleson, Ariz., dec. Adriana Ramirez, Stockton, Calif., 3-0
141 lbs/male: Jaron Ennis, Philadelphia, Pa., dec. Josue Vargas, Bronx, N.Y., 3-0
152 lbs/female: Annalicia Sustaita, Garland, Texas dec. Alexis Arteaga, Greenfield, Wis., 2-1
152 lbs/male: Mark Dawson, Philadelphia, Pa., dec. Ferdinand Kerobyan, N. Hollywood, Calif., 3-0
165 lbs/female: Iesha Kenney, Alexandria, Va., dec. Chayanne Carroll, Thorp, Wis., 3-0
165 lbs/male: Charles Conwell, Cleveland, Ohio dec. Edgar Berlanga, Brooklyn, N.Y., 3-0
178 lbs/male: Miguel Teo, Marlboro, Mass., dec. Manjaro Hills, Baker, La., 3-0
201 lbs/male: Rafael Gaitan, Forest Hill, Texas, dec. Matthew Mollet, Port Orchard, Wash., 3-0
201+ lbs/male: Devon Young, Graniteville, S.C., won on TKO over Hunter Matthew, Fairchance, Pa., TKO-2
101 lbs/male: Jesse Rodriguez, Adelanto, Calif., dec. Abraham Perez, Albuquerque, N.M., 3-0
106 lbs/male: Angel Martinez, Rockford, Ill., dec. Gage Mendoza, Denver, Colo., 2-1
106 lbs/female: Heaven Garcia, El Monte, Calif., dec. Amy Salinas, Mesquite, New Mexico, 3-0
110 lbs/male: Rey Diaz, N. Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Angel Cordon, Martinez, Calif., 3-0
114 lbs/female: Pauline Viesca, Commerce, Calif., dec. Romalin Martinez, Houston, Texas, 2-1
114 lbs/male: Otha Jones, Toledo, Ohio dec. Rogelio Ortega, Pasadena, Texas, 2-1
119 lbs/female: Yarisel Ramirez, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Jessica Juarez, San Diego, Calif., 3-0
119 lbs/male: Marc Castro, Fresno, Calif., dec. Rodolfo Silva, Galena Park, Texas, 2-1
125 lbs/female: Zhane Crockett, Toledo, Ohio dec. Diana Estrada, Hillsboro, Ore., 2-1
125 lbs/male: Gabriel Flores, Stockton, Calif., dec. Rommel Caballero, Coachella, Calif., 2-1
132 lbs/male: Harley Maderos, New York, N.Y., dec. Branden Pizarro, Philadelphia, Pa., 3-0
138 lbs/male: Leon Lawson, Flint, MIch., dec. Andres Borrego, Denver, Colo., 3-0
145 lbs/female: Kylie Hall, Clovis, Calif., dec. Sharahaya Moreu, Albuquerque, N.M., 2-1
145 lbs/male: Brandun Lee, Coachella, Calif., won on TKO over Jaydon Vigil, Lakewood, Colo., TKO-1
154 lbs/female: Destiny Navarro, El Centro, Calif., dec. Gabriela Gallegos, Los Angeles, Calif., 2-1
154 lbs/male: Joey Spencer, Linden, Mich., dec. Jose Gomez, Arlington, Texas, 3-0
165 lbs/female: Amanda Bermudez – unopposed champion
176 lbs/male: Jared Anderson, Toledo, Ohio dec. Cristian Robles, Houston, Texas, 2-1
176+ lbs/male: Richard Torrez, Tulare, Calif., dec. Roland Lemus, Los Angeles, Calif., 3-0