Team USA to Depart for the 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - After a strong 10 days of training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, the 2005 World Championships team will depart for Mianyang City, China and the 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships on Friday, November 4. The 11-boxer delegation completed the first half of their preparatory training camp in the high altitude of Colorado Springs and will take part in an additional week of training and acclimation upon their arrival in China. Over 80 countries will participate in the first World Championship event following the 2004 Olympic Games, with the best boxers on the planet facing off for a world title.
The team participated in an extensive training camp, which included: training, sparring, interval and lake runs, media training, video study, plyometrics as well as sport science. In addition to the 11 boxers traveling to China, four training partners participated in the camp to help prepare the team competing in the World Championships.
The event is the first World Amateur Boxing Championships for all 11 team members, but 18-year-old flyweight Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) will utilize his experience at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece as he takes on the world in China. 2004 Welterweight World Military Champion and team co-captain Boyd Melson (Fort Carson, Colo.) will look to the knowledge he obtained at the past two World Military Championships as battles the world’s best. Light welterweight Karl Dargan (Philadelphia, Pa.) boasts strong international experience, having competed in the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republican. As one of the veterans of the team, Dargan hopes to use his past experience to bring back hardware from China. Lightweight Michael Evans (Dayton, Ohio) is the oldest member of the young team and Evans will look to his bronze medal winning performance at the 1998 Goodwill Games to aid him at the 2005 World Championships. Finally, two youngsters plan to upstage their elders in Mianyang City. Eighteen-year-old featherweight Mark Davis (Cleveland, Ohio) boasts three international victories in 2005, and was one of only five U.S. boxers to record a victory at the World Cup in Moscow, Russia in June. Davis will be joined by the youngest member of USA Boxing’s Elite Team and the 2005 World Championships team, bantamweight Gary Russell, Jr. (Capitol Heights, Md.) At only 17-years-old, Russell owns two senior national titles and the teenager recorded a victory in his first ever international bout at the 2005 World Cup. The 2005 World Championships are Russell’s second senior international competition.
2005 U.S. Championships light flyweight silver medalist Vincent Montoya (Cheyenne, Wyo.); 2005 middleweight national champion Edwin Rodriguez (Worcester, Mass.); 2005 light heavyweight national champion William Rosinsky (Brooklyn, N.Y.); 2005 National PAL heavyweight champion Adam Willett (Long Island, N.Y.); and two-time super heavyweight national champion Mike Wilson (Central Point, Ore.) will round out the 2005 World Championships team.
USA Boxing National Coaching Director Dan Campbell (Hampton, Va.) will lead an impressive coaching staff made up of Ted Palac (Hamtramck, Mich.) and Thomas Coulter (Syracuse, N.Y.). Nick Cimmento (Fort Mill, S.C.) will serve as Team Manager with Dr. Armando Sanchez (Franklin, Wis.) working as the Team Physician and Ken Butler (Boise, Idaho) is serving as the AIBA official.
World Championships competition will commence on November 13 and run through November 21 at the Mianyang Sports Gymnasium in Mianyang City of Sichuan Province in China. Opening ceremonies of the event will take place on November 12 with preliminary competition running from Sunday, November 13-18. Semifinal bouts will be contested on November 19 with the championship bouts taking place on Sunday, November 20.
2005 World Championships Team
Light flyweight/106 lbs: Vincent Montoya, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Flyweight/112 lbs: Rau’shee Warren, Cincinnati, Ohio
Bantamweight/119 lbs: Gary Russell, Jr., Capitol Heights, Md.
Featherweight/125 lbs: Mark Davis, Cleveland, Ohio
Lightweight/132 lbs: Michael Evans, Dayton, Ohio
Light welterweight/141 lbs: Karl Dargan, Philadelphia, Pa.
Welterweight/152 lbs: Boyd Melson, Fort Carson, Colo.
Middleweight/165 lbs: Edwin Rodriguez, Worcester, Mass.
Light heavyweight/178 lbs: William Rosinsky, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Heavyweight/201 lbs: Adam Willett, Long Island, N.Y.
Super heavyweight/201+ lbs: Mike Wilson, Central Point, Ore.
Coach: Dan Campbell, Hampton, Va.
Coach: Ted Palac, Hamtramck, Mich.
Coach: Tom Coulter, Syracuse, N.Y.
November 12: Opening Ceremony
November 14: Preliminary Rounds
November 18: Quarterfinals
November 19: Semifinals
November 20: Finals
USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).