Ohio’s Trinity Edwards won the first championship bout at the US Women’s Championships
by Tibor Kincses, World Boxing
The new edition of the USA Women’s Championships continued in the association with World Boxing in the city of Toledo, Ohio. The first championship bouts were held for the youngest participants in the pee wee age group and Ohio’s Trinity Edwards claimed her title in the front of the home crowd.
Altogether 103 bouts were on the official schedule in the second long competition day in Toledo and the competition featured in two sessions and three rings.
The 12-year-old Mya Waite won the first contest of the day
Ohio’s Imani Burrell and Oklahoma’s Mya Waite met at the intermediate 41 kg weight class (90 lbs.) as the opener of the second competition day. Burrell was slightly better in the first round, but she did not use her longer reach well enough and attacked more. The smaller Tulsa-based Waite received the right instructions in the first break, and she performed much better in the second round. The final verdict was depended on their performance in the last round when the 12-year-old Waite looked patient and won their tight bout by split decision. Another young boxer from Tulsa, Catalina Cordova was not able to do the same strong way as Waite and she suffered a loss to Naudia Hernandez of Michigan.
Aviana Gillaugh succeeded in a close fight
A boxer from Dallas, Ariyanuh Williams and Pennsylvania’s Aviana Gillaugh faced in the next exciting intermediate contest. Williams used double defense in the first round, but Gillaugh found the way to land her shots and took the tightest possible lead on the judges’ scorecards. The second round was clear for Gillaugh, all the judges favoured her due to her effective jabs in the middle part of their bout. Gillaugh, who is a young talent, and she is the founder of the Turnabout Boxing, succeeded today and won their contest by unanimous decision in Toledo.
Adriana Orduna made a fantastic comeback
Oregon’s Sophia Billman and Adriana Orduna of Texas met at the youth featherweight (57 kg) during the afternoon session. Billman looked confident from the first seconds, and she had a comfortable advantage on the scorecards after three minutes of fight. Orduna increased her tempo in the beginning of the second round and she kept her chance alive to win the bout. Orduna caught her opponent with a heavy left-handed jab in the third round and the referee counted Billman which was the real turning point of their contest. Orduna’s fantastic finish and stamina meant that the boxer from Fort Worth was able to turn back this contest in Toledo.
Ohio’s Trinidee Edwards won the championship bout
One of the most anticipated championship bouts in the youngest age group was held between Maryland’s Eden Williams and Ohio’s Trinidee Edwards at the pee wee 32 kg weight class. Edwards used aggressive style of boxing in the first round, and she took the advantage on the scorecards, surprising her opponent. Williams, who has already 16 bouts during her career, was not able to repeat her previous performance in Toledo. As Williams could not find the best fighting range in this bout, she had a massive disadvantage after the second round. The southpaw Edwards opened the third round with a strong jab, and she won this championship bout with excellent performance.
Mila Torres and Loretta Martinez impressed in their championship bouts
Pennsylvania’s Mila Torres and California’s Anael Alejo faced for the championship bout at the pee wee 27 kg weight class. As in her first contest two days ago, Torres was quicker than her opponent, and she had a clear dominance over the 8-year-old Californian girl. Torres arrived to the competition from a small city, Lancester, but she proved her extraordinary talent in this championship bout. Following Torres’ success, Loretta Martinez of Tennessee defeated Brooklynne Bazil of Florida at the pee wee 41kg championship bout due to her impressive second and third rounds.
Ornella Sathoud opened the evening session with a tight success
Kaitlyn Clark had 80 contests in her career but the returning Canadian expected a hard battle against New York’s Ornella Sathoud at the women’s elite middleweight (75 kg). Sathoud represented Ghana at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, but she trains in Middle Grove, New York. The southpaw Sathoud tried to use her longer hands in the first round, but Clark reduced the fighting distance several times effectively. Sathoud’s right-handed hooks were dangerous in the third round and her final efforts were enough to beat the 30-year-old Clark by 3:2 split decision.
Heather Cirka’s tactics worked well once again
Colorado’s Heather Cirka impressed in the first competition day, and she used the same style of boxing in her next appearance at the elite light welterweight (63 kg). She was patient against Kansas City’s Liberty Worcester in the first round and she landed her counterpunches from longer range. Cirka is taller than any of her opponents in Toledo and her style is based on the faults of the rivals. Worcester was competitive only in the first round and Cirka’s tactics worked well in the second and third periods. Cirka landed shots in the final round whenever she wanted and managed to win her second contest by large margin of difference.
Seraphina Brown controlled her contest
Massachusetts’ Seraphina Brown looked confident from the first seconds against Michigan’s Angelenia Schneider in their elite middleweight (75 kg) bout. Brown will be turning 20 next month but she boxed as a well-experienced veteran and took the advantage on the scorecards after three minutes. The standing count in the second round determined Brown’s dominance while Schneider was not able to switch her tempo today. Her right-handed jabs reached the target due Schneider was too static in this contest in all of the three rounds to avoid these shots. Brown made her home city, Belmont proud of her performance and success in the second competition day.
Shelby and Pecheva were the last elite winners of the day
Mississippi’s Jamere Shelby opened the first round strongly against Oklahoma’s Heather Lloyd at the elite welterweight (66 kg). Shelby has several years of ring experience, but Lloyd was better from the second round minutes by minutes in this tight contest. Shelby was exhausted in the third round, but she had still a few good punches to win the bout by split decision. California’s technician boxer, Diliana Pecheva landed more shots than Michigan’s Karma El Chanti and she dominated all three rounds in this elite lightweight (60 kg) bout.