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Three Reigning World Champions and 31 National Titlists Headline the 2014 USA Boxing Junior and Youth Open Roster



(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – With the opening bell of the 2014 Junior and Youth Open in Reno, Nev., just days away the event roster is bursting with talented athletes across all four tournament divisions. The highly competitive list of athletes includes three reigning junior world champions, three world championships medalists and 31 national titlists. All of the event competitors are determined to claim a spot on the international traveling squad for 2014, ensuring that the week of competition will be fierce.

Sixteen-year-old Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.) headlines the list of athletes vying for gold in Reno. The teenager enjoyed an exciting 2013, which included not only two national titles, a junior world championship and AIBA Junior Male Boxer of the Year award, but also an appearance on Katie Couric’s daytime show, “Katie.” Yet all of his success last year has only strengthened Stevenson’s resolve to retain his crown in 2014.

In women’s action, two southern California boxers claimed junior world titles in 2013. Caitlin Orosco (Anaheim, Calif.) and JaJaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) each won gold medals in the inaugural Women’s Junior and Youth World Championships last year and the pair is back to add another title to their resumes. They’ve enjoyed the opportunity to train and compete with historic athletes as well. 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) won the third U.S. gold medal of the event alongside her younger counterparts, and they’ve been training with 2012 Olympians Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) over the past two weeks.

Reigning champion Daniel Gonzalez (Moreno Valley, Calif.) was the one of the youngest titlists from the 2013 event, but that didn’t stop him from winning international hardware for Team USA. Gonzalez earned a silver medal in the light flyweight division in his first World Championships and has moved in to Stevenson’s old weight class in 2014.

Two bronze medalists from the 2013 Junior and Youth Women’s World Championships are competing for gold at the 2014 Junior and Youth Open. Youth flyweight Marisol Lopez (Stratford, Calif.) is competing in the event for the first time after claiming gold at the 2013 USA Boxing Youth National Championships. She went on to win bronze in World Championships action and will compete in one of the deepest weight divisions in the tournament in Reno. Reigning champion Iesha Kenney (Alexandria, Va.) is moving up to the youth division in 2014 and is hoping to duplicate her 2013 accomplishments, which included two national titles as well as a bronze medal in world championships action.

In addition to the seven world championships medalists, more than 30 reigning champions from the 2013 Junior Open, USA Boxing Youth National Championships and Junior Olympic National Championships are registered to compete in the 2014 Junior and Youth Open. All of the national champions can be found in the full list of registered athletes below.

Due to the major winter storms hitting various parts of the United States, tournament action will now begin on Tuesday, January 7. Preliminary competition will continue through Thursday, January 9. Semifinal round action will take place in two sessions at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., on Friday, January 10 prior to Saturday’s championship bouts, which will begin at 5 p.m. All of the tournament sessions will take place in the Grand Sierra Resort’s Reno ballroom.

USA Boxing’s junior and youth programs are critical to the organization’s developmental pipeline and have consistently produced Olympians and World Champions, including the United States’ last two Olympic gold medalists Andre Ward (2004) and Claressa Shields (2012).

2014 Junior and Youth Open Registered Athletes List

JUNIOR (15-16-YEAR-OLDS)

Female
101 lbs

Lina Licona, Westminster, Calif.

Hillary Perez, Arlington, Texas

Mia Valadez, Los Angeles, Calif.

110 lbs

Ashley Perez, Sparks, Nev. (2013 Junior Open Champion)

114 lbs

Mydia Alonso, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Oliva Hendrickson, Waterford, Wis. 

Angie Ornelas, Beaverton, Ore.

Yarisel Ramirez, Las Vegas, Nev.

119 lbs

Juanita Chavez, Racine, Wis.

Lesly Soria, Los Angeles, Calif.



125 lbs

Diana Estrada, Hillsboro, Ore.

Kaely Perez, Victoria, Texas

Tayahhah Stewart, Ozark, Ala.

Samantha Torres, Las Vegas, Nev.

132 lbs

Jessica Galvez, Sparks, Nev.
(2013 Junior Open Champion)
Lupe Gutierrez, Sacramento, Calif.

Audrey Morris, Fairview, Texas 



154 lbs

Sarah Abernathy, Hokes Bluff, Ala.

Gabriela Gallegos, Los Angeles, Calif. 

Mikayala Johnnson, Tacoma, Wash.

Male
101 lbs

Kawelo Alcos, Waipahu, Hawaii

Kelii Alcos, Lihue, Hawaii

Karim Cuevas, Tolleson, Ariz. 

Keyshawn Davis, Norfolk, Va.

Jessie Mandapat, Anaheim, Calif.

Jacob Marquez, Bakersfield, Calif.

Christian Palos, Bellevue, Neb.

106 lbs

Jovany Carrillo, Dallas, Texas

Alejandro Dominguez, Phoenix, Ariz.

Fernando Martinez, Phoenix, Ariz.

Joe Angel Martinez, Victoria, Texas

Szel Martinez, Nyssa, Ore.

Dylan Price, Sicklerville, N.J.
(2013 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Emanuel Rojas, Fallon, Nev. 

Josue Rosa, Philadelphia, Pa.

110 lbs

Treston Domingo, Aiea, Hawaii

Jose Guevara, Nampa, Idaho

David Marfil, Sparks, Nev.

Allen Medina, Fresno, Calif. 

Marquez Rhodes, Holbrook, N.Y.

Ruben Robles, Los Angeles, Calif.

Freudis Rojas, Fallon, Nev. 

Nicholas Sullivan, Portsmouth, Va.

Thomas Wu, Arcadia, Calif.

114 lbs

Joseph Cuellar, Tulare, Calif.

Andres Gaytan, Phoenix, Ariz.

Daniel Gonzalez, Moreno Valley, Calif.
(2013 Junior Open Champion and Junior World Championships silver medalist)
Derek Ochoa, Sanger, Calif.

Dominic Serna, Indio, Calif.

Maday Yvarra, Midland, Texas

Jonathan Zavala, Greeley, Colo.

119 lbs

Joseph Adorno, Allentown, Pa.

Zachery Bartrum, Huntington, W. Va.

Blake Brown, Sperry, Okla. 

Luis Coria, Coachella, Calif.

Wesley Diana, Las Vegas, Nev.

Sergio Madrid, Santa Cruz, N.M.

Victor Morales, Vancouver, Wash.

Adan Ochoa, Downey, Calif.

Gabriel Quijada, Phoenix, Ariz.

Christopher Ramirez, Salt Lake City, Utah

125 lbs

Adolfo Alanis, Edinburg, Texas

Ameer Brown, Upper Marlboro, Md.

Nicholas Bueno, Tulare, Calif.

Fabian Camarena, Las Vegas, Nev.

Alejandro Campa, Phoenix, Ariz.

Joseph Garcia, Los Angeles, Calif.

Nathan Gonzales, Palmdale, Calif.

Alejandro Guerrero, Irving, Texas

Devin Haney, Las Vegas, Nev.
(2013 Junior Olympic Champion)
Jose Montoya, Nampa, Idaho

Evan Sanchez, Parlier, Calif.
 (2013 Junior Open Champion)
Christian Torres, Denver, Colo. 

Logan Yoon, Honolulu, Hawaii

132 lbs

Neketa Ababiy, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Kenny Coronel, Los Angeles, Calif.

Alfredo Escarcega, Avondale, Ariz.

Steven Galeano, Bronx, N.Y.

Brandon Idrogo, Ellenville, N.Y.

Noel Temores, Gilroy, Calif.

Brandon Vega, Cleveland, Ohio



138 lbs
Troy Isley, Alexandria, Va.

Jonathan Reyes, Farmington, N.M.



145 lbs

Christopher Gann, St. Joseph, Mo. 

Gilbert Pesina, Houston, Texas

Money Powell, Fort Mitchell, Ala.

Manuel Rodriguez, Indio, Calif.

154 lbs

Amisael Jimenez, Sacramento, Calif.

Bryer Nagahama, Pearl City, Hawaii

165 lbs

Akeem Mayle, Zanesville, Ohio



176 lbs

Mario Hernandez, Sparks, Nev.

Zachary Jones, Waipahu, Hawaii

Kashif Muhammad-Brown, Upper Marlboro, Md.

C.B. Shannon, Collinsville, Okla.

176+ lbs

Roland Lemus, Los Angeles, Calif.

Suray Mahmutovic, Daly City, Calif.
(2013 Junior Open Champion)
Richard Torrez, Tulare, Calif.

YOUTH (17-18-YEARS-OLD)

Female
106 lbs

Kristyn Juarez, Los Angeles, Calif. 
(2013 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Juliette LaDisa, Bronx, N.Y.
(2013 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Kimberly Mazariegos, San Leandro, Calif.

Genessis Suarez, Detroit, Mich.

Monica Suazo, Tucson, Ariz.

Arlene Villalobos, Whittier, Calif.

112 lbs

Nysja Barrientes, Las Vegas, Nev.
(2013 Junior Open Champion)
Odalys Camacho, Bakersfield, Calif.
 (2013 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Kristen Leija-Lares, San Antonio, Texas

Marisol Lopez, Stratford, Calif.
(2013 USA Boxing Youth Champion)
Caitlin Orosco, Anaheim, Calif.
(2013 Junior World Champion, Junior Open & Junior Olympic Champion)
Karina Sarabia, El Monte, Calif.

119 lbs

Cilalli Alvarez, Lincoln Park, Mich.

Iris Contreras, Corte Madera, Calif.

Melody Montes, Kissimmee, Fla.

Robianne Rivera, Houston, Texas

Brenda Roman, Brooklyn, N.Y.

125 lbs

Jessica Alvarez, Lincoln Park, Mich.

Karina Nahe, Antioch, Calif.

132 lbs

Cynthia Arellano, Phoenix, Ariz.

Ariel Arismendez, Tolleson, Ariz.

Anna Crutchfield, Travelers Rest, S.C.
(2013 Junior Olympic Champion)
Jajaira Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif.
(2013 Junior World Champion and Junior Open Champion)
Chasity Martin, Pompano Beach, Fla.



141 lbs

Iesha Kenney, Alexandria, Va.

(2013 Junior Open and Junior Olympic Champion and Junior World Championships bronze medalist)

152 lbs

Martha Fabela, Oakland, Calif.

Male
108 lbs

Kristopher Alcos, Lihue, Hawaii

Thomas Blumenfeld, Albany, N.Y.

Kevin Carbajal, Cashion, Ariz.

Christian Carto, Deptford, N.J.

Cory Conner, Las Vegas, Nev.

Luis Delgado, San Antonio, Texas

Nico Hernandez, Wichita, Kansas

Desmond Jarmon, Cincinnati, Ohio

Shon Mondragon, Commerce City, Colo.

Aaron Perez, Albuquerque, N.M.
(2013 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Pablo Ramirez, Weslaco, Texas

Edward Rojas, Lakewood, Wash.

Saul Sanchez, North Hollywood, Calif.

Geovany Santiago, Los Angeles, Calif.

Adrian Servin, Phoenix, Ariz.

Jordan White, Landover, Md. (2013 Junior Open Champion)

114 lbs

Evander Agustin, Santa Maria, Calif.

Tyrone Arzeno, Allentown, Pa.

Eric Barron, Long Beach, Calif.

Bruce Carrington, Brooklyn, N.Y.
J
Justin Dwight Dampac, Lynwood, Wash.

Brandon Figueroa, Weslaco, Texas

John Franco, Odessa, Texas

Robert Garcia, Litchfield, Ariz.

Timothy Longoria, Palacios, Texas

Christopher Martinez, Ft. Worth, Texas

Lawrence Newton, Deerfield Beach, Fla.

Dustin Somera, Las Vegas, Nev.

Shakur Stevenson, Newark, N.J.
 (2013 Junior World Champion, Junior Open Champion, Junior Olympic Champion and AIBA Junior Male Boxer of the Year)
Andrew Strode, Denver, Colo.

123 lbs

Arnold Alejandro, Grand Prairie, Texas

Gabriel Azua, Galt, Calif.

Carlos Balderas, Santa Maria, Calif.

Jorge Castaneda, Laredo, Texas

Edward Ceballos, Youngtown, Ariz.

Cesar Diaz, Palmdale, Calif.

Eliseo Duran, Las Vegas, Nev.
Michael Dutchover, Midland, Texas

Raul Estrada, Aloha, Ore.

Rudy Garcia, Los Angeles, Calif.

Jose Gomez, Huntington Park, Calif. 

Irvin Gonzalez, Worcester, Mass.

Humberto Guillen. Reno, Nev.

Tyler Herberger, San Diego, Calif.

Nasir Jones, Philadelphia, Pa.

Efren Lopez, Fresno, Calif.

Francisco Martinez, Dallas, Texas

Isidro Ochoa, Fresno, Calif. (2013 Junior Olympic National Champion)

Elijah Pierce, Lawrenceville, Ga. 

Jacob Ponce, Phoenix, Ariz.

Alex Rodriguez, Sparks, Nev.

Gonzalo Rodriguez, Edinburg,
Texas
Pablo Rubio, Whittier, Calif.

Hector Tanajara, San Antonio, Texas

Antonio Williams, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

132 lbs

Raul Anaya, Mesa, Ariz.

Miguel Banda, Houston, Texas

Andres Cortes, Henderson, Nev.

Kelvin Davis, Norfolk, Va.

Rayvon Drayton, Washington DC 

Eric Estrada, Hillsboro, Ore.

Eduardo Garcia, Houston, Texas

Zachary Hunter, Fountain, Colo.

Rosino Legan, Gilroy, Calif.

Teofimo Lopez, Davie, Fla.

Xavier Martinez, Sacramento, Calif.

Michael Nelson, Mansfield, Ohio
(2013 Junior Open Champion)
Jamaine Ortiz-Rodriguez, Worcester, Mass.

Jonathan Rodriguez, McKinney, Texas

Omar Samano, Surprise, Ariz. 

Daniel Silva Ayala, Sparks, Nev.

George Vargas, Mesquite, Texas

Jesse Villareal, Milwaukee, Wis.

141 lbs

Keoni Adric, Haleiwa, Hawaii
(2013 Junior Open and Junior Olympic National Champion)
Henry Allen, Wilson, La.

Jose Barrera, Mesa, Ariz.

Christian Bermudez, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Mark Dawson, Philadelphia, Pa.
(2013 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Ali Fakhriddine, San Diego, Calif.

Sebastian Fundora, Coachella, Calif.

Emiliano Gutierrez, Milwaukee, Wis.

Brandon Haddad, Lancaster, Pa.

Richardson Hitchins, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Jonathan Jarabek, Brighton, Colo.

Issac Lujan, Las Vegas, Nev.

Ector Madera, Stockton, Calif.

Hunter-Gabriel Manaba, Kaunakakai, Hawaii

Arturo Marquez, Houston, Texas

Alexis Martinez, Dallas, Texas

Jonathan Navarro, Los Angeles, Calif.

Adan Reyes, Farmington, N.M.

Joseph Rivera, Houston, Texas

Jeremy Saldana, Newark, N.J.

Christopher Sanchez, Houston, Texas

Trea Talton, Reno, Nev.

Brandon Trejo, Napa, Calif.
(2013 Junior Open Champion)
Eben Vargas, Mesa, Ariz.

Cody Woslager, Helena, Mont.

152 lbs

Fabian Alvarado, Irving, Texas

Jerick Bagay, Pearl City, Hawaii

Edgar Berlanga, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Marcus Davidson, Kansas City, Kansas

Javier Estrada, Palmdale, Calif.
 (2013 Junior Open Champion)
Hussein Fakhreddine, San Diego, Calif.

Armando Gaytan, Phoenix, Ariz.

Robby Gonzales, Sylmar, Calif.

Christopher Gonzalez, Tucson, Ariz.

John Harris, Deer Park, N.Y.

Ferdinando Kerobyan, North Hollywood, Calif.
(2013 Junior Olympic Champion)
Anthony Lerma-Ruelas, Jamesville, Wis.

Armani Mephall, Newark, N.J.

Eriberto Moreno, Phoenix, Ariz.

Charles Naone, Waianae, Hawaii

Hans Perez, Staten Island, N.Y.

Alexis Rocha, Santa Ana, Calif.

David Rodriguez, Hialeah, Fla.

Zakery Rollins, Zanesville, Ohio

Michaiah Soares, Kaunakakai, Hawaii

Kevin Torres, Bellingham, Wash.

Jovani Valenzuela, Phoenix, Ariz.

Gilbert Vasquez, Brownfield, Texas

John Williams, Baton Rouge, La.

165 lbs

Charles Conwell, Cleveland, Ohio
(2013 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Ricky Frausto, Santa Ana, Calif.

Abel Gonzalez, Hialeah Gardens, Fla.

Manjaro Hills, Baker, La.

Aaron Katzman, Menlo Park, Calif.

Nathan Kinsman, Casper, Wyo.

Adolfo Mendoza, Conroe, Texas

Eric Murguia, Mission Hills, Calif.
(2013 Junior Open Champion)
Jazavian Palmer, Lubbock, Texas

Jordan Panthen, Kapolei, Hawaii

Luis Perea, Adkins, Texas

178 lbs

Sergio Flores, Kansas City, Kansas
(2013 Junior Olympic National Champion)
Joey Gonzalez, Watsonville, Calif.

Bobby Harris, Worcester, Mass.

Matthew Hernandez, San Antonio, Texas

Lester Iglesias, Houston, Texas

Joshua Juarez, Laredo, Texas

Sharif Rahman, Las Vegas, Nev.

Furqan Raschke, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Kai Webb, Mesquite, Texas

201 lbs

Tiofilo Bueno, Tulare, Calif.

Matthew Mollet, Port Orchard, Wash.

Taifer Riguad, Arlington, Mass. (2013 Junior Olympic National Champion)

201+ lbs

John Luna, Milwaukee, Wis. (2013 USA Boxing Youth Champion)

Ricky Pina, Boston, Mass. 

Darmani Rock, Philadelphia, Pa.

USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).