FOR the first time in the history of the event, potential competitors will have to earn spots in the AIBA World Championships and USA Boxing’s elite men will attempt to do just that at the 2015 AMBC American Confederation Boxing Championships, August 17-22 in Maiquetia, Venezuela. The 10-man team has been preparing for the continental event at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
The U.S. roster includes all 10 champions from the WSB and World Championship Team Trial in Chattanooga, Tenn., in December of 2014. The top five finishers in each of the 10 weight divisions at the American Confederation Boxing Championships will qualify spots in the 2015 AIBA Elite Men’s World Championships, October 8-17 in Doha, Qatar. The U.S. athletes vying for a berth in the world championships are light flyweight Nico Hernandez (Wichita, Kansas), flyweight Brent Venegas III (Sacramento, Calif.), bantamweight Francisco Martinez (Dallas, Texas), lightweight Carlos Balderas (Santa Maria, Calif.), light welterweight Tyrek Irby (Oxon Hill, Md.), welterweight Brian Ceballo (Brooklyn, N.Y.), middleweight Anthony Campbell (Covington, Tenn.), light heavyweight Steven Nelson (Omaha, Neb.), heavyweight Joshua Temple (St. Louis, Mo.) and super heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas).
The U.S. team closed their two-week training camp at the Olympic Training Center on Thursday. After acclimating to their Venezuelan surroundings and the time zone, the squad will participate in the mandatory general-weigh in with their fellow participants on Monday. Following the official tournament draw, competition will begin at the Polideportivo Jose Maria Vargas. Tournament action will run through August 22 with all of the participants enjoying an off day in August 20.
While the full participant list won’t be available until after the tournament draw, top competitors from north, central and south America are expected to take part in the international qualifying event. Coaches Pat Barry (Las Vegas, Nev.), Augie Sanchez (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Rosario Solis (Irving, Texas) will lead the U.S. team at the American Boxing Confederation championships.