(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) - The two heavyweights from the United States both took the ring for the first time at the Youth World Championships on Monday, and both enjoyed strong victories in their opening contests.
Heavyweight Nicholas Kisner (Glen Burnie, Md.) was the first to compete in preliminary round action, taking on the Czech Republic's Martin Krelina in his World Championships debut. Kisner claimed an 11-4 victory over Krelina in the match-up to move on to the next round where he will face Kazakhstan's Ivan Dychko in quarterfinal competition on Wednesday.
Super heavyweight Joey Dawejko (Philadelphia, Pa.) battled the Virgin Island's Clayton Laurent in his first bout of the tournament. The young American recorded a convincing 16-4 decision despite the towering Laurent's tremendous size advantage. Dawejko will face a Kazakhstani foe in quarterfinal action as well, taking on Bauyrzhan Akshabay in Wednesday's competition.
Three U.S. boxers fell short in Monday's preliminary action with light welterweight Roscoe Hill IV (Spring, Texas) dropping a 15-12 decision to Mexico's Alfonso Felipe Ugalde and bantamweight Joshua Berrelleza (Riverside, Calif.) losing an 11-5 bout to Ecuador's Jonathan Valarezo in his tournament opener. Featherweight Kevin Rivers (Fort Washington, Md.) dropped a slim one point bout to Belarus' Vitali Varabyeu in their second round match-up.
Two U.S. boxers will compete in preliminary round action on Tuesday with middleweight Luis Arias (Milwaukee, Wis.) facing Puerto Rico's Felix Rodriguez in the ninth bout of the afternoon session and welterweight Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas) taking on the Ukraine's Makarov Taras in the 11th bout of the evening session.
The two sessions will begin at 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. EST and AIBA is showing live scoring on their website at http://www.aiba.org/ throughout the tournament.