You’ve got to admit, it’s been a long haul. From winning your District title, then the Regional title, it’s now time to win the whole ball of wax in the 2015 Junior Olympic National Tournament.
With their on-site registrations Sunday, June 7, 2015 in Charlestown, West Virginia, the coaches and close to 600 athletes who have been preparing to compete in this year’s tournament, have to be getting anxious or is antsy more appropriate.
With the 44th edition of the grand tournament just a few days away, our local representatives, not unlike their opponents are still working on any last minute hiccups which would prevent them from being in one of the 24 final round bouts on Saturday, June 13th.
That’s when 13 male and 11 female championship bouts will decide the champions at the Charleston Civic Center. All of these final round bouts, with the youngsters being between 15 and 16-years of age, are for the highly coveted Junior Olympic National Championship.
The 10 combatants representing our area include:
Jessica “Kika” Juarez, trained by her father Ramon Diaz of San Diego, Calif., has four young ladies competing in her weight class of 119 pounds. Juarez, now 15, has come a long way from her first bout back on August 1, 2010 when she was only 10 years old and weighed just 67 pounds.
from the Community Youth Athletic Center, National City, Calif., will be competing against five young ladies in the 125 pound weight class.
Andrea Medina from the Bound Boxing Academy, Chula Vista, Calif. has four young ladies competing against her in the 132 pound weight class. In the photo below we see Andrea Medina with her dedicated coaching staff which includes her father Juan Medina Jr. (r) and good friend Edgar Sandoval (l).
(photo, below) Citalli Ortiz of the Lee Espinoza Coachella Valley Boxing Club, Coachella, Calif. will be going up against Kathryn Bateman, Pittsburgh, Penna. in the 165 pound weight class.
Jabin Chollet of the National City CYAC, National City, Calif. is just one of the 11 young boxers competing in the 95 pound Intermediate 13-14-year-old division.
Alfred Vargas of National City, Calif. will be in a group of 10 boxers in the 101 pound, 13-14 year-old Intermediate division.
In the junior 15-16 year-old grouping, you have 15 year-old Anthony Clark from the San Luis PAL, San Luis, Arizona going up against 11 boxers in the 101 pound weight class. This past Saturday, Clark competed in a local LBC 44 boxing show promoted by Baja Boxing in Calexico, Calif. Clark won a decisive victory over Roberto Tapia of Mexicali.
In the junior 15-16 year-old grouping, Santos Ortega of Coachella will be competing against 11 boxers in the 106 pound weight class.
Anthony Reyes of Coachella will be competing against 12 boxers in the 114 pound weight class.
In the junior 15-16 year old grouping, Oscar Guerrero of Coachella will be competing against 10 boxers in the 119 pound weight class.