Youth Continental Championships (Photo source:Domingo Solano)
Orlando Gonzalez, Puerto Rico's Light Flyweight (46-49kg) star who had received the chance to compete in the event due the absence of London Olympian Jantony Ortiz, claimed his nation's first gold medal during the AMBC's Youth Continental Championships in Portoviejo. The Puerto Rican hope triumphed over Ecuador's Panamerican Junior Championships silver medallist 17-year-old Jean Caicedo by narrow 14:13 in the opening final.
The 17-year-old Puerto Rican Jeyvier Cintron, achieved the next gold medal. He claimed a gold medal at the AIBA American Olympic Qualifiers and almost took a medal in the London 2012 Olympics as well. The Puerto Rican teenage sensation had enough experiences to beat Ecuador's National Youth Champion Segundo Padilla at the Flyweight (52kg) final. The final verdict of their battle was 19:16 to Cintron.
Sparkinson Almonte, Dominican Republic's current Panamerican Junior Champion 17-year-old, is the Caribbean nation's flagbearer in the youth level and proved that fact in Portoviejo as well. Almonte kept his unbeaten run and claimed the gold medal after beating Ecuador's Ludy Tenorio who was also gold medallist at the last AMBC's Junior Continental Championships in Tena.
Brazil's only gold medal was achieved by their team captain defending South American Champion 18-year-old Joedison Teixeira who is a great hope for the South American country int he future Olympics to be held there in 2016. The virtuoso Lightweight (60kg) boxer triumphed over Ecuador's Wilson Villacis by narrow 16:14 in the gold medal contest.
Carlos Adames, Dominican Republic's current Youth National Champion, shocked Puerto Rico's Light Welterweight (64kg) sensation, AIBA American Olympic Qualifiers silver medallist and London Olympian Francisco Vargas in the final of the youth continental event. The 18-year-old Dominican boxer had a great final round.
Dominican Republic's two-time Youth National Champion Joan Santos dominated his fights in the AMBC's Youth Continental Championships in Portoviejo and finally he showcased his full repertoire of skills to take the gold at the Welterweight (69kg) class. The 18-year-old rising star defeated Puerto Rico's newcomer Luis Sanchez by 22:12 and secured Dominican Republic's third gold medal at the AMBC's Youth Continental Championships.
Nestor Rivera, Puerto Rico's Cheo Aponte Tournament bronze medallist 18-year-old, fought hard against Argentina's only finalist in Portoviejo, David Benitez. The Puerto Rican boxer controlled the fight which was stopped by the ringside doctor before the final gong due Benitez's injury therefore Rivera's hands were raised in victory after the bout had finished.
Joaquin Berroa, Dominican Republic's Panamerican Junior Champion 17-year-old, who also competed at the AIBA Junior World Championships in Astana and Puerto Rico's Cheo Aponte Tournament silver medallist Fabian Lopez fought an extremely close contest in the Light Heavyweight (81kg) final. Only one of them could win that spectacular battle and finally it was to be Berroa the luckier of the two winning the bout by 21:20.
Sahret Delgado, the newcomer in the national youth team, continued Puerto Rico's winning streak in Portoviejo where he triumphed over Brazil's Victor Araujo by 19:11 at the Heavyweight (91kg) class. Kelvin Nunez stopped Brazil's Jhonny Klever in the last round of the last Super Heavyweight (91+kg) final. His victory was the fifth gold for Puerto Rico who were the nation that topped the team overall ranking in Portoviejo.
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