Camden’s Jamar Talley scored a statement win in his second Olympic world qualification tournament with a first-round stoppage of Iran’s Ali Faithigovashini in Thailand. 

“I am just thankful for another opportunity to qualify for Paris. All glory to God and I am thankful for my team and coaches and on to the next one,” Talley said.

Robby Gonzales (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Naomi Grahahm (Fayetteville, N.C.) also fought on Monday (May 27). Graham was the first Team USA boxer to go this morning as she fought hard but fell short 4-1 to Vivlane Pereira from Brazil.

Gonzales started off strong against Weerapon Jongjoho from Thailand and took the first round 4-1. However, Jongjoho, with the home crowd advantage, took the second round 5-0. Gonzales tried to fight back and took the final round 3-2 but just wasn’t enough and lost in a heartbreaker 3-2.

Team USA will see Shera Mae Patricio (Waianae, Hawaii) and Emilio Garcia (Laredo, Texas) box tomorrow. Patricio will make her debut and represent Team USA in the 54kg division. She will go head-to-head with Ulzhan Sarsenbek from Kazakhstan. This will be Garcia’s second appearance, three wins away from qualifying. 

Day 2 Results

75 kg: Vivlane Pereira, BRA dec. over Naomi Graham, Fayetteville, N.C./USA, 5-0

80 kg: Weerapon Jongjoho, THA dec. over Robby Gonzales, Las Vegas, Nev./USA, 3-2

92 kg: Jamar Talley, Camden, N.J./USA, over Ali Faithigovashini, IRI, RSC-1

Day 3 Schedule

63.5 kg: Emilio Garcia, Laredo, Texas/ USA vs Robert Eusebiu Jitaru, ROU

54 kg: Shera Mae Patricio, Waianae, Hawaii/ USA, vs. Ulzhan Sarsenbek, KAZ