(MOBILE, ALA.) –The second half of opening day bouts were contested on Sunday night with 20 action packed match-ups at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Men’s Boxing in Mobile, Ala. Two returning Olympians earned their first victories of the event, joining 18 winners from Sunday evening in the winners bracket semifinals.
Two-time Olympian and 2007 World Champion Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) took the ring for the first bout of the session, facing off with 2011 National Champion John Franklin (Fort Carson, Colo.). The bout was close through the early going, but Warren began to pull away later in the contest and took a 22-13 decision over Franklin. 2011 USA Boxing National Championships bronze medalist Shawn Simpson (Chicago, Ill.) avenged his loss from the aforementioned event with a convincing 29-14 victory over Emilio Sanchez (Pacoima, Calif.)
Warren’s 2008 Olympic teammate Raynell Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) won his first bout of the tournament on Sunday evening as well. Williams also battled in a close contest, taking on Damon Allen (Philadelphia, Pa.). Yet Williams rode a strong third round to an 18-12 win and a spot in the semifinals. Two-time national champion Jose Ramirez (Avenal, Calif.) put on an impressive performance in his first bout of the tournament. Ramirez more than tripled the output of his opponent who shares his last name, Toribio Ramirez (Bowling Green, Fla.) to claim the quarterfinal win by a 35-11 margin. Kenneth Sims (Chicago, Ill.) joined the pair in the semifinals with a 35-17 win over three-time National Golden Gloves champion Erick DeLeon (Lincoln Park, Mich.).
Top ranked welterweight Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas) began his attempt at the Olympics on Sunday evening in a match-up with the U.S. Army’s Samuel Vasquez (Fort Carson, Colo.). Spence took a 24-17 decision over Vasquez to advance to the semifinal round. Spence’s runner-up at the recent USA Boxing National Championships, Luis Olivares (Glendale, Ariz.), dropped his tournament opener in the welterweight division. Bryant Perrella (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) took a 27-21 decision over Olivares to join Spence in the winners circle.
The light heavyweight division featured a Washington DC showdown in quarterfinal action as USA Boxing National Championships silver medalist Jerry Odom (Bowie, Md.) battled Last Chance Qualifier champion Shaborn Ryals (Washington DC). Ryals kept the bout close early, only trailing by three points with one round remaining. Yet Odom turned up the heat in the third and won a 31-20 decision over Ryals.
Fireworks flew in the super heavyweight division as USA Boxing National Championships bronze medalist Dominic Breazale (Alhambra, Calif.) breezed through his bout with Donovan Dennis (Davenport, Iowa). Breazale landed hard shots from the opening bell, sending Dennis to the canvas and causing the referee to halt the bout at the 2:10 mark of the first round. Last Chance Qualifier champion Brett Rather (Las Vegas, Nev.) continued his winning streak against the 6-7 Jonathan Hamm (St. Paul, Minn.). The two battled to the final bell with the bout ending an 18-18 tie, but Rather pulled out the win on his 83-81 total punch count edge.
Olympic Team Trials action will return with two sessions on Monday as the challengers bracket opens competition and the winners bracket moves into the semifinal round.
Sunday evening results
114 lbs: Rau’shee Warren, Cincinnati, Ohio dec. John Franklin, Fort Carson, Colo., 22-13
114 lbs: Shawn Simpson, Chicago, Ill., dec. Emilio Sanchez, Pacoima, Calif., 29-14
114 lbs: Stephon Young, St. Louis, Mo., dec. Gabriel Montoya, Rock Springs, Wyo., 39-13
114 lbs: Oscar Cantu, Kingsville, Texas dec. Adam Lopez, San Antonio, Texas, 24-17
132 lbs: Jose Ramirez, Avenal, Calif., dec. Toribio Ramirez, Bowling Green, Fla., 35-11
132 lbs: Raynell Williams, Cleveland, Ohio dec. Damon Allen, Philadelphia, Pa., 18-12
132 lbs: Kenneth Sims, Chicago, Ill., dec. Erick DeLeon, Lincoln Park, Mich., 35-17
132 lbs: Toka Kahn Clary, Providence, R.I., dec. Luis Cruz, Bronx, N.Y., 15-10
152 lbs: Bryant Perrella, Lehigh Acres, Fla., dec. Regis Prograis, Houston, Texas, 27-21
152 lbs: Errol Spence, Desoto, Texas dec. Samuel Vasquez, Fort Carson, Colo., 24-17
152 lbs: Amir Imam, Albany, N.Y., dec. Luis Olivares, Glendale, Ariz., 27-23
152 lbs: Arturo Trujillo, Easton, Pa., dec. Willie Jones, Charlotte, N.C., 20-18
178 lbs: Jeffery Spencer, Fort Carson, Colo., dec. Caleb Plant, Ashland City, Tenn., 17-12
178 lbs: Marcus Browne, Staten Island, N.Y., dec. Sean Bettencourt, Stoughton, Mass., 12-4
178 lbs: Jerry Odom, Bowie, Md., dec. Shaborn Ryals, Capitol Heights, Md., 31-20
178 lbs: Sijuola Shabazz, Las Cruces, N.M., dec. Robert Brant, Oakdale, Minn., 14-8
201+ lbs: Andrew Shepherd, Fort Carson, Colo., dec. O’Jayland Brown, Sacramento, Calif., 18-8
201+ lbs: Brett Rather, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Jonathan Hamm, St. Paul, Minn., 18-18 (83-81)
201+ lbs: Dominic Breazale, Alhambra, Calif., stopped Donovan Dennis, Davenport, Iowa, RSC-1 (2:10)
201+ lbs: Lenroy Thompson, Lenexa, Kansas dec. Laron Mitchell, San Francisco, Calif., 14-11
Monday’s Bout Sheets
1 p.m. session
108 lbs/winners bracket: Marco Rangel, Scottsdale, Ariz., vs. Eros Correa, San Jose, Calif.
108 lbs/winners bracket: Gregory Outlaw, Glenarden, Md., vs. Louie Byrd, Denver, Colo.
108 lbs/challengers bracket: David Carlton, Cincinnati, Ohio vs. Norberto Torres, Orlando, Fla.
108 lbs/challengers bracket: Santos Vasquez, Sparks, Nev., vs. Michael Benedosso, Fort Carson, Colo.
123 lbs/winners bracket: Joseph Diaz, Jr., El Monte, Calif., vs. Luis Feliciano, Milwaukee, Wis.
123 lbs/winners bracket: O’Shanique Foster, Orange, Texas vs. Tramaine Williams, New Haven, Conn.
123 lbs/challengers bracket: Joe Perez, Fountain, Colo., vs. Isaac Torres, Mission, Texas
123 lbs/challengers bracket: Antonio Nieves, Cleveland, Ohio vs. Joet Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif.
141 lbs/challengers bracket: George Rincon, Carrollton, Texas vs. Gary Allen Russell III, Capitol Heights, Md.
141 lbs/challengers bracket: Duran Caferro, Helena, Mont., vs. Thomas Duquette, Waltham, Mass.
141 lbs/winners bracket: Semajay Thomas, Chicago, Ill., vs. Pedro Sosa, Bronx, N.Y.
141 lbs/winners bracket: Michael Reed, Waldorf, Md., vs. Jamel Herring, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
165 lbs/winners bracket: Jesse Hart, Philadelphia, Pa., vs. D’Mitrius Ballard, Temple Hills, Md.
165 lbs/winners bracket: Antoine Douglas, Burke, Va., vs. Luis Arias, Milwaukee, Wis.
165 lbs/challengers bracket: Chris Pearson, Trotwood, Ohio vs. Martez Jackson, Valdosta, Ga.
165 lbs/challengers bracket: Damarius Russell, Camp Lejeune, N.C., vs. Edgar Alvarado, San Bernadino, Calif.
201 lbs/winners bracket: Jordan Shimmell, Hudsonville, Mich., vs. Joseph Williams, Bronx, N.Y.
201 lbs/winners bracket: Michael Hunter, Las Vegas, Nev., vs. Steve Geffrard, Boca Raton, Fla.
201 lbs/challengers bracket: Robert Jekabson, Chicago, Ill., vs. Charles Blackwell, Tucson, Ariz.
201 lbs/challengers bracket: James Shorter, Elkhart, Ind., vs. Andrew Tabiti, Las Vegas, Nev.
6 p.m. Session
114 lbs/winners bracket: Rau’shee Warren, Cincinnati, Ohio vs. Stephon Young, St. Louis, Mo.
114 lbs/winners bracket: Shawn Simpson, Chicago, Ill., vs. Oscar Cantu, Kingsville, Texas
114 lbs/challengers bracket: John Franklin, Fort Carson, Colo., vs. Gabriel Montoya, Rock Springs, Wyo.
114 lbs/challengers bracket: Emilio Sanchez, Pacoima, Calif., vs. Adam Lopez, San Antonio, Texas
132 lbs/winners bracket: Jose Ramirez, Avenal, Calif., vs Kenneth Sims, Jr., Chicago, Ill.
132 lbs/winners bracket: Raynell Williams, Cleveland, Ohio vs. Toka Kahn Clary, Providence, R.I.
132 lbs/challengers bracket: Toribio Ramirez, Bowling Green, Fla., vs. Erick DeLeon, Lincoln Park, Mich.
132 lbs/challengers bracket: Damon Allen, Philadelphia, Pa., vs. Luis Cruz, Bronx, N.Y.
152 lbs/winners bracket: Errol Spence, Desoto, Texas vs. Bryant Perrella, Lehigh Acres, Fla.
152 lbs/winners bracket: Arturo Trujillo, Easton, Pa., vs. Amir Imam, Albany, N.Y.
152 lbs/challengers bracket: Samuel Vasquez, Fort Carson, Colo., vs. Regis Prograis, Houston, Texas
152 lbs/challengers bracket: Willie Jones, Charlotte, N.C., vs. Luis Olivares, Glendale, Ariz.
178 lbs/winners bracket: Jeffery Spencer, Fort Carson, Colo., vs. Marcus Browne, Staten Island, N.Y.
178 lbs/winners bracket: Sijuola Shabazz, Las Cruces, N.M., vs. Shaborn Ryals, Capitol Heights, Md.
178 lbs/challengers bracket: Caleb Plant, Ashland City, Tenn., vs. Sean Bettencourt, Stoughton, Mass.
178 lbs/challengers bracket: Robert Brant, Oakdale, Minn., vs. Shaborn Ryals, Capitol Heights, Md.
201+ lbs/winners bracket: Brett Rather, Las Vegas, Nev., vs. Andrew Shepherd, Fort Carson, Colo.
201+ lbs/winners bracket: Dominic Breazale, Alhambra, Calif., vs. Lenroy Thompson, Lenexa, Kansas
201+ lbs/challengers bracket: Jonathan Hamm, St. Paul, Minn., vs. O’Jayland Brown, Sacramento, Calif.
201+ lbs/challengers bracket: Donovan Dennis, Davenport, Iowa, vs. Laron Mitchell, San Francisco, Calif.
“I did good overall, I started slow because it was the first round, but I got stronger as the rounds went on.”
“I’m just worried about one fight at a time. I’m taking this tournament as the most important tournament of my career.”
“My father is here with me, and there is nothing that makes me happier than to see a smile on his face and nothing is stopping me from taking that smile away.:
“I lost to him (Emilio Sanchez) in the USA Boxing National Championships, so it felt good coming here and beating him, getting payback and redemption. The first time I boxed Emilio I banged with him and fought his fight. This time I boxed more and used the jab.”
“I’ve been boxing for so long and have the experience to beat a lot of these fighters. Rau’shee Warren is the boxer I am looking forward to boxing because he is the best.”
“Tonight I out hustled him. I would say, I out-jabbed him tonight.”
“First fights are always sloppy, I’m going to watch some tape with my coaches and get a game plan ready for tomorrow.”
“I don’t have many bouts, and every bout I’m going to continue to get better.”