Team USA picks up six victories during first day of Strandja Tournament
by USA Boxing
Team USA started off strong in Sofia, Bulgaria at the 2023 Strandja Tournament, going 6-2, during the first day of boxing. Full results can be found below.
Bantamweight duo Shera Mae Patricio (Waianae, Hawaii) and Jewry Rodriguez (Houston, Texas) picked up unanimous decision victories to begin the day over India’s Sunita and France’s Delphine Mancini, respectively. Both boxers will have a rest day tomorrow before stepping into the ring for their second bouts of the tournament on Wednesday.
The winning ways continued in the first session of the day, with Emilio Garcia (Laredo, Texas) putting on a dominating performance over Hampus Bromman of Sweden, which saw numerous judges score the rounds 10-8. The final scorecards read 30-26, 30-25, 30-25, 30-24 and 30-24, to advance the American light welterweight to tomorrow’s bout against Armenia’s Artur Shakhpazyan.
Omari Jones (Orlando, Fla.) picked up Team USA’s fourth win of the morning session after the referee stopped the bout early in the second round after Jones proved to be too much for Kosovo’s Patriot Behrami. Jones will be back in action tomorrow when he will go head-to-head against Nikolai Terteryan of Denmark.
The second session of the day saw mixed results for Team USA, going 2-2 to close out the day.
Featherweight Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) picked up her own RSC victory after giving her opponent, Zahra Zobeidi Hayam Fatma of Algeria, two back-to-back standing eight counts late in the first round. Gonzalez will face Svetlana Kamenova of Bulgaria during Friday’s quarterfinal bouts.
The second featherweight of the American featherweight duo, Alyssa Mendoza (Caldwell, Idaho), grabbed her own victory in her international debut. Mendoza took all five judges’ cards over Ireland’s Kelsey Leonard to advance to Friday’s quarterfinals.
Jennifer Lozano (Laredo, Texas) and Morelle McCane (Cleveland, Ohio) put up tough fights against their respective opponents, however, fell short of advancing to the next round of competition.
Joining Garcia and Jones during tomorrow’s sessions will be Jahmal Harvey (Oxon Hill, Md.), who will face a familiar opponent, Luiz Oliveira of Brazil. The two most recently met at the 2022 AMBC Elite Championships finals, where Oliveira took the decision, however, Harvey leads their matchups 2-1 overall.
This year marks the 74th edition of the Strandja Tournament, which has 398 boxers from around the world competing this week. Additional tournament information can be found here.
Day 1 Results
50 kg: Meiyi Hu/CHN dec. over Jennifer Lozano, Laredo, Texas/USA, 5-0
54 kg: Shera Mae Patricio, Waianae, Hawaii/USA, dec. over Sunita/IND, 5-0
54 kg: Jewry Rodriguez, Houston, Texas/USA, dec. over Delphine Mancini/FRA, 5-0
57 kg: Jajaira Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif./USA, won by RSC over Zahra Zobeidi Hayam Fatma/ALG, RSC-1
57 kg: Alyssa Mendoza, Caldwell, Idaho/USA, dec. over Kelsey Leonard/IRL, 5-0
63.5 kg: Emilio Garcia, Laredo, Texas/USA, dec. over Hampus Bromman/SWE, 5-0
66 kg: Angela Carini/ITA Morelle McCane, Cleveland, Ohio/USA, 5-0
71 kg: Omari Jones, Orlando, Fla./USA, won by RSC over Patriot Behrami/KOS, RSC-2
Day 2 Schedule
57 kg: Jahmal Harvey, Oxon Hill, Md./USA, vs. Luiz Oliveria/BRA (Ring B, Bout 2, 6:15 a.m. ET)
63.5 kg: Emilio Garcia, Laredo, Texas/USA, vs. Artur Shakhpazyan/ARM (Ring A, Bout 16, 9:45 a.m. ET)
71 kg: Omari Jones, Orlando, Fla./USA, vs. Nikolai Terteryan/DEN (Ring B, Bout 13, 9:00 a.m. ET)