(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) The 88 boxers competing in the 2008 Olympic Team Trials Boxing were set on Tuesday at the 2007 U.S. Championships in Colorado Springs. Twenty-three Olympic hopefuls added their names to the participant list on Tuesday night with victories in second round action. Flyweight action opened the competition and Timothy Ibarra (Brighton, Colo.) enjoyed a Colorado advantage in his bout with Jorge Abiague (Portland, Maine). Ibarrra took the first lead, but Abiague pulled it to a tie at the midway point in the contest..
Article posted on 05.06.2007
The score remained deadlocked as the fourth round began, but Ibarra managed to score one more point than Abiague in the bout determining round to win a 14-13 decision. Juan Leija (Alvin, Texas) pulled out a close decision as well, defeating 2006 U.S. Championships bronze medalist Louie Padilla (Las Vegas, Nev.).
2007 Golden Gloves silver medalist Raynell Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) earned his spot in the quarterfinal round with a 21-16 win over Luis Del Valle (Newburgh, N.Y.). Williams took the small early lead, but Del Valle pulled it to a 13-13 tie at the end of three rounds. Yet Williams took control back in the final round, winning the fourth stanza to take the 21-16 final decision.
The upset of the day took place in the light welterweight division as 2006 Junior Olympic National Champion Javier Molina (Commerce, Calif.) mounted a late comeback to defeat two-time national champion Karl Dargan (Philadelphia, Pa.). Dargan held a 19-10 lead after two rounds, but Molina came charging right back. He pulled the bout to within four points as the final round began, and didnt take his foot of the gas. Molina overtook Dargan in the fourth round, to win the 31-27 decision.
Fernando Guerrero (Salisbury, Md.) put a quick end to his bout with Donta Woods (Atlanta, Ga./NMU). Guerrero hit Woods with a strong uppercut at the 1:26 mark of the second round, flooring Woods and taking the stoppage win.
Heavyweight Quantis Graves (Cut Off, La.) pulled out a one-point victory over Jordan Shimmell (Hudsonville, Mich.). Shimmell took the first lead, but Graves took the advantage back over the final two round en route to winning a 12-11 final decision.
Preliminary Round Evening Results
112 lbs/51 kg: Qa'id Muhammad, Atlantic City, N.J., won on retirement over Roberto Castillo, Jacksonville, N.C., RET-1 (1:34)
112 lbs/51 kg: Timothy Ibarra, Brighton, Colo., dec. Jorge Abiague, Portland, Mass., 14-13
112 lbs/51 kg: Bruno Esclante, Waimanalo, Hawaii, won on disqualification over Vincent Montoya, Cheyenne, Wy., DQ
112 lbs/51 kg: David Gaspar, WIlmington, Calif., dec. Barry Dennis, St. Louis, Mo., 23-8
112 lbs/51 kg: Juan Leija, Alvin, Texas, dec. Luis Padilla, Las Vegas, Nev., 20-18
114 lbs/Female: Isabel Salinas, San Leandro, Calif., dec. Temple Smith, Chicago, Ill., 22-10
114 lbs/Female: Johanna Mendez, Houston, Texas, dec. Amy Sowers, Bozeman, Mont., 17-7
125 lbs/57 kg: Raynell Williams, Cleveland, Ohio, dec. Luis Del Valle, Newburgh, N.Y., 21-16
125 lbs/57 kg: Troy Wohosky, Medford, Ore., dec. Jesse Carradine, Cincinnati, Ohio, 11-8
125 lbs/57 kg: Robert Rodriguez, Evans, Colo., dec. Charles Huerta, Paramount, Calif., 34-21
125 lbs/57 kg: Shemuel Pagan, Brooklyn, N.Y., dec. Luis Ramos, Santa Ana, Calif., 30-13
125 lbs/57 kg: Duran Caferro, Helena, Mont., dec. Ernesto Garza, Saginaw, Mich., 34-20
125 lbs/Female: Stephanie Eggink, Wash., stopped Theresa Scott, Raleigh, N.C., RSCO-2 (1:32)
125 lbs/Female: Jennifer Han, El Paso, Texas, dec. Ronica Jeffery, Brooklyn, N.Y., 24-20
125 lbs/Female: Quaadrykah Marchall, Newark, N.J., dec. Jody Ann Weller, Pomona, N.Y., 17-6
141 lbs/64 kg: Jermy Bryan, Clifton, N.J., dec. Mike Faragon, Schenectady, N.Y., 24-11
141 lbs/64 kg: Dan O'Connor, Framingham, Mass., stopped Chris Howard, Crossville, Tenn., RSCO-3 (1:54)
141 lbs/64 kg: Andre Sherard, Milwaukee, Wisc., dec. Duane Vandross, Kelly AFB, Texas, 25-4
141 lbs/64 kg: Javier Molina, Commerce, Calif., dec. Karl Dargan, Philadelphia, Pa., 31-27
141 lbs/64 kg: Danny Garcia, Philadelphia, Pa., dec. Hector Ramos, San Antonio, Texas, 19-18
165 lbs/75 kg: Shawn Estrada, Downey, Calif., dec. Jason Montgomery, Hayward, Calif., 10-8
165 lbs/75 kg: Fernando Guerrero, Salisbury, Md., stopped Donta Woods, Atlanta, Ga. RSCH-2 (1:26)
165 lbs/75 kg: Dominic Wade, Largo, Md., dec. Edwin Rodriguez, Worcester, Mass., 18-12
165 lbs/75 kg: Angel Santos, Newark, N.J., dec. J'Leon Love, Detroit, Mich., 9-7
165 lbs/75 kg: Jonathan Nelson, Little Rock, Ark., dec. Jonathan Cepeda, Lake Worth, Fla., 20-16
201 lbs/91 kg: Anthony Tettis, Ridgeway, Pa., dec. Joey Dawejko, Philadelphia, Pa. 19-5
201 lbs/91 kg: Alecco Lawton, Orlando, Fla., dec. Erick Earvin, Camp LeJeune, N.C., 13-9
201 lbs/91 kg: James Zimmerman, San Jose, Calif., dec. David Imoesiri, Seattle, Wash., 24-15
201 lbs/91 kg: Quantis Graves, Cut Off, La., dec. Jordan Shimmell, Hudsonville, Mich., 12-11
201 lbs/91 kg: David Carey, Anchorage, Alaska, dec. Craig Lewis, Detroit Mich., 38-20