(MOBILE, ALA.) – Two exciting bouts in the lightweight division highlighted a strong night of boxing on Monday at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Men’s Boxing in Mobile, Ala. Two-time National Champion Jose Ramirez (Avenal, Calif.) was pushed to the limit in his bout while 2008 Olympian Raynell Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) came back from a deficit in his bout with 2011 USA Boxing National Championships silver medalist Toka Kahn Clary (Providence, R.I.)
Ramirez took on 2011 USA Boxing National Championships bronze medalist Kenneth Sims, Jr. (Chicago, Ill.) in his second bout of the tournament. The bout was close from the opening bell to the final second, but only one boxer could emerge victorious. Ramirez pulled out a 23-22 decision over Sims to advance to a final round match-up with Williams. The 2008 Olympian advanced to his second straight winners bracket final with a 30-25 win over Kahn Clary.
Shawn Simpson (Chicago, Ill.) and Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) will face in the flyweight winners bracket final following victories by both boxers. Simpson won a 16-12 decision over Oscar Cantu (Kingsville, Texas) while Warren took a 29-18 victory over Stephon Young (St. Louis, Mo.).
Amir Imam (Albany, N.Y.) officially announced his intentions in his new welterweight division with a commanding 40-10 victory over Arturo Trujillo (Easton, Pa.) in the winners bracket semifinal. Three-time national champion Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas) will face Imam on Wednesday following his 13-5 victory over Bryant Perrella (Lehigh Acres, Fla.).
In light heavyweight action, Marcus Browne (Staten Island, N.Y.) claimed an 11-8 decision over 2010 National Champion Jeffery Spencer (Fort Carson, Colo.) to join 2011 USA Boxing National Championships silver medalist Jerry Odom (Bowie, Md.) in the light heavyweight winners bracket championship bout.
Lenroy Thompson (Lenexa, Kansas) took down the towering Dominic Breazale (Alhambra, Calif.) in their super heavyweight match-up. Thompson took a 16-7 decision over Breazale and will look for his third straight victory in a match-up with Andrew Shepherd (Fort Carson, Colo.).
All of the winners brackets boxers will be off on Tuesday with the challengers bracket competing in 20 bouts on Tuesday evening.
Monday Evening Results
114 lbs/challengers bracket: John Franklin, Fort Carson, Colo., dec. Gabriel Montoya, Cheyenne, Wyo., 28-14
114 lbs/challengers bracket: Emilio Sanchez, Pacoima, Calif., dec. Adam Lopez, San Antonio, Texas, 30-23
114 lbs/winners bracket: Shawn Simpson, Chicago, Ill., dec. Oscar Cantu, Kingsville, Texas, 16-12
114 lbs/winners bracket: Rau'shee Warren, Cincinnati, Ohio, dec. Stephon Young, St. Louis, Mo., 29-18
132 lbs/challengers bracket: Louis Cruz, Bronx, N.Y., dec. Damon Allen, Philadelphia, Pa., 12-11
132 lbs/challengers bracket: Erick DeLeon, Lincoln Park, Mich., dec. Toribio Ramirez, Bowling Green, Fla., 20-14
132 lbs/winners bracket: Jose Ramirez, Avenal, Calif., dec. Kenneth Sims Jr., Chicago Ill., 23-22
132 lbs/winners bracket: Raynell Williams, Cleveland, Ohio, dec. Toka Kahn Clary, Providence, R.I., 30-25
152 lbs/challengers bracket: Samuel Vasquez, Fort Carson, Colo., dec. Regis Prograis, Houston, Texas 26-10
152 lbs/challengers bracket: Willie Jones, Charlotte, N.C., dec. Luis Olivares, Glendale, Ariz., 11-9
152 lbs/winners bracket: Errol Spence, Desoto, Texas, dec. Bryant Perrella, Lehigh Acres, Fla., 13-5
152 lbs/winners bracket: Amir Imam, Albany, N.Y., dec. Arturo Trujillo, Easton, Pa., 40-10
178 lbs/challengers bracket: Shaborn Ryals, Capitol Heights, Md., dec. Robert Brant, Oakdale, Minn., 20-10
178 lbs/challengers bracket: Caleb Plant, Ashland City, Tenn., dec. Sean Bettencourt, Stoughton, Mass., 18-14
178 lbs/winners bracket: Jerry Odom, Bowie, Md., dec. Siju Shabazz, Las Cruces, N.M., 32-19
178 lbs/winners bracket: Marcus Brown, Staten Island, N.Y. dec. Jeffery Spencer, Fort Carson, Colo., 11-8
201+ lbs/challengers bracket: Laron Mitchell, San Francisco, Calif., dec. Donovan Dennis, Davenport, Iowa, 16-16 (84-79)
201+ lbs/challengers bracket: Jonathan Hamm, St. Paul, Minn., stopped O'Jayland Brown, Sacramento, Calif., RSC-1 (1:17)
201+ lbs/winners bracket: Andrew Shepherd, Fort Carson, Colo., dec. Brett Rather, Las Vegas, Nev., 25-15
201+ lbs/winners bracket: Lenroy Thompson, Lenexa, Kan., dec. Dominic Breazale, Alhambra, Calif., 16-7
Tuesday Bout Sheet
108 lbs/challengers bracket: Gregory Outlaw, Glendarden, Md., vs. David Carlton, Cincinnati, Ohio
108 lbs/challengers bracket: Santos Vasquez, Sparks, Nev., vs. Marco Rangel, Scottsdale, Ariz.
114 lbs/challengers bracket: Oscar Cantu, Kingsville, Texas vs. John Franklin, Fort Carson, Colo.
114 lbs/challengers bracket: Emilio Sanchez, Pacoima, Calif., vs. Stephon Young, St. Louis, Mo.
123 lbs/challengers bracket: Tramaine Williams, New Haven, Conn., vs. Joe Perez, Fountain, Colo.
123 lbs/challengers bracket: Joet Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif., vs. Luis Feliciano, Milwaukee, Wis.
132 lbs/challengers bracket: Toka Kahn Clary, Providence, R.I., vs. Erick DeLeon, Lincoln Park, Mich.
132 lbs/challengers bracket: Luis Cruz, Bronx, N.Y., vs. Kenneth Sims, Jr., Chicago, Ill.
141 lbs/challengers bracket: Michael Reed, Waldorf, Md., vs. George Rincon, Carrollton, Texas
141 lbs/challengers bracket: Duran Caferro, Helena, Mont., vs. Semajay Thomas, Chicago, Ill.
152 lbs/challengers bracket: Arturo Trujillo, Easton, Pa., vs. Samuel Vasquez, Fort Carson, Colo.
152 lbs/challengers bracket: Willie Jones, Charlotte, N.C., vs. Bryant Perrella, Lehigh Acres, Fla.
165 lbs/challengers bracket: Luis Arias, Milwaukee, Wis., vs. Chris Pearson, Trotwood, Ohio
165 lbs/challengers bracket: Edgar Alvarado, Jr., San Bernadino, Calif., vs. D’Mitrius Ballard, Temple Hills, Md.
178 lbs/challengers bracket: Siju Shabazz, Las Cruces, N.M., vs. Caleb Plant, Ashland City, Tenn.
178 lbs/challengers bracket: Shaborn Ryals, Capitol Heights, Md., vs. Jeffery Spencer, Fort Carson, Colo.
201 lbs/challengers bracket: Steve Geffrard, Boca Raton, Fla., vs. Robert Jekabson, Chicago, Ill.
201 lbs/challengers bracket: Andrew Tabiti, Las Vegas, Nev., vs. Joseph Williams, Bronx, N.Y.
201+ lbs: Dominic Breazale, Alhambra, Calif., vs. Jonathan Hamm, St. Paul, Minn.
201+ lbs: Laron Mitchell, San Francisco, Calif., vs. Brett Rather, Las Vegas, Nev.
“In comparison to last night’s fight I felt the same, I take every fight seriously. I knew this fight with Kenneth Sims Jr. was going to be a good fight, but I didn’t know how close.”
“I’m going to try and take advantage of the extra day off I get from winning and get my rest.
“This was my third time facing Bryant Perella, so I already knew what I had to do to win. It was really important to win this one and keep the pressure off, now they have to beat me twice to eliminate me.”
“Tonight I used my ring generalship skills; I was a moving target and he couldn’t catch my rhythm.”
“The anticipation for this bout was extra motivation because we had fought before in the National PAL Championship and it was close - 7-6.”
“I was there mentally and that allowed me to beat Shabazz.”
“I’m so close to an Olympic spot, I’m expecting the best from my next opponents.”
“A victory like this gives me a lot of confidence. I’ve only been boxing four years ago, a lot of these guys have been working for this their whole life.”
“My performance could always get better, I’m going to go to the gym and work on a few things before my next fight.”
“It was a more physical fight then it had to be, but I had the confidence going in because I’ve been working with the Headbangers boxing club in Washington, D.C. and they’ve helped me a lot.”
“Having an extra day of rest will be nice, I’ve never had a day off before in a tournament.”
“In order to pull off these two wins to qualify I have to work hard, not make any mistakes, and be smart.”