Esparza, Shields and Team USA off to Pan American games

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In a news release, USA boxing announced that 11 American boxers would travel to Toronto to compete in the 2015 Pan American Games.

The 11 athletes representing the U.S. is a who’s who of amateur stars including women’s flyweight Olympic medalist Marlen Esparza, Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields and national men’s flyweight champion Antonio Vargas. All 11 fighters will live and train in the athlete village until their departure on July 27, according to the news release.

Something interesting is that all of the boxers will be competing in their first Pan American Games. It should be exciting. I’ve watched many of these boxers before and they can compete at the top level and have the potential to go far in their divisions.

According to the news release, all U.S. athletes participating in the Pan American Games were selected via the WSB and World Championship Team Trial and 2015 USA Boxing Elite National Championships followed by an international qualifying event.

Athletes representing the United States in Pan American Games
Melik Elliston – men’s light flyweight national champion (Denver, Colo.)
Marlen Esparza – women’s flyweight Olympic bronze medalist and World Champion (Houston, Texas)
Antonio Vargas – men’s flyweight national champion (Kissimmee, Fla.)
Francisco Martinez – men’s bantamweight WSB and World Championship Team Trial champion (Dallas, Texas)
Carlos Balderas – men’s lightweight WSB and World Championship Team Trial champion (Santa Maria, Calif.)
Luis Feliciano – men’s light welterweight national champion (Milwaukee, Wis.),
Brian Ceballo – men’s welterweight WSB and World Championship Team Trial champion (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Claressa Shields – women’s middleweight Olympic and World Champion (Flint, Mich.)
Anthony Campbell – men’s middleweight WSB and World Championship Team Trial champion (Covington, Tenn.)
Steve Nelson – men’s light heavyweight WSB and World Championship Team Trial champion (Omaha, Neb.)
Cam F. Awesome – multi-time super heavyweight national champion (Lenexa, Kansas).


About Al Stover

I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. I currently work as a Staff Reporter for the Cheney Free Press. I have interviewed characters like cage fighters, drag queens and dungeon masters. I like Batman, coffee, MMA and beer.
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