USA Boxing hosts international tournament in Pueblo

PUEBLO — USA Boxing hosted a world invitational match in Pueblo that includes world-class fighters from Germany, Puerto Rico, China, The Philippines, and Azerbaijan.

For a lot of fighters, attending occasions like that is nice for constructing their abilities and competing on a excessive stage. However for native Pueblonian Joseph Bobian, he is comfortable to have this occur in his hometown.

“We’re simply actually privileged to have this in Pueblo, Colorado,” he mentioned. “I will be right here each day”.

The invitational preliminary rounds began on Monday morning and can proceed till the ultimate matches on Thursday.

Matt Johnson is the Excessive-Efficiency Director of USA Boxing. He says, “Actually it is simply one other multi-nation match for our boxers to proceed their growth as we sit up for Olympic {qualifications} in 2023 and 2024”.

Whereas this match has no bearing on Olympic {qualifications} or standing, the coach says it is necessary to verify American boxers are on-par with the competitors.

“The remainder of the world, they have boxers which can be competing on an every-other-month foundation. And actually we have some good boxers on our staff and in this system for years, we have some younger boxers, so this can be a large alternative for them,” Johnson mentioned.

USA Boxing has been working to make this match occur for six months, and fighters have been at coaching camp for the final 6 weeks on the point of step into the ring.

“It is at all times enjoyable if you get time for the primary bell to ring they usually begin boxing,” says Johnson.

19-year-old Richard Fernandez is a boxer on Crew USA. He’ll combat on Wednesday however was comfortable to observe each match Monday morning.

“It is an excellent alternative to be out right here representing my nation, getting in all of the laborious work with groups and these coaches at high of the road work proper right here. I am feeling robust,” says Fernandez.

Johnny Mansour went up in opposition to Chinese language boxer Mingke Fu right this moment and gained his spherical.

“It is an honor to put on this badge proper right here. It feels nice, we’re preventing for USA in USA, so we’ll simply preserve representing,” mentioned Mansour.

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