The 2015 AMBC World Championships, held in Maiquetia, Venezuela, had Team USA’s men suffer 3 devastating losses on Wednesday with only two hopefuls left to secure a berth in the AIBA Elite Men’s World Championships held in Doha, Qatar, October 8-17.
Flyweight Segura Avila (Colomboa) defeated Brent Venegas (USA), welterweight Perez Maestre Perez (Venezuela) defeated Brian Ceballo (USA), light heavyweight Duran Ramirez (Venezuela) defeated Steven Nelson (USA) and super heavyweight Mata Munoz (Venezuela) got the nod over Cam F. Awesome (USA).
The judging continues to be an issue in these international events, the USA coming up short in many bouts that could have/should have gone their way.
In Thursday light flyweight action, Nico Hernandez (USA) takes on Lourenco Valerio Chagas (Brazil) and middleweight Anthony Campbell (USA) will battle Arlen Lopez (Cuba) for a berth in Friday’s semi-finals that guarantees the winners that trip to Doha, Qatar.
Team USA sent 10 elite men boxers to the AMBC Boxing Championships, the roster including all 10 champions from the WSB and World Championship Team Trial held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in December of 2014.
Denver lightweight Manuel ‘Manos’ Perez (23-11-1, 5KO’s) heads to the WinnaVegas Resort & Casino in Sloan, Iowa, October 3rd for a scheduled 8 rounds bout vs Gerardo Robles (18-14, 8KO’s) who resides in Kansas City, Kansas. Perez is keeping busy while awaiting the opportunity to hopefully get the chance at a World lightweight title bout in the very near future.
Colorado Springs residing Super middleweight Izaak Cardona (14-2, 14KO’s), takes on Colombian KO artist Roamer Angulo (15-0, 14KO’s) in a scheduled for 8 rounds bout at the Show Palace in Oceanside, California, August 27th. This fight should be a real barn burner with 28 KO’s in 31 fights between the two ending by knockout. Cardona will be in his first real test against someone carrying the same amount of thunder in both hands as him. This is the first venture into the USA for Angulo.
Congratulations to Pueblo native and current NABF female super flyweight champion Chantel ‘Gorgeous Babe’ Cordova and Darren Martinez, on the birth of daughter Laila Renee Martinez, who arrived on August 17th. Gotta love those babies!
**There were two other Team USA bouts on Thursday with light welterweight Tyrek Irby (USA) vs Arthur Biyarslanov (Canada) and heavyweight Joshua Temple (USA) vs Erislandy Savon (Cuba). Apologies to these two boxers and best of luck.