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Six members of the United States’ Elite Men’s High Performance Squad depart for Hamburg, Germany today to face off with boxers from across the globe at the 2017 Elite Men’s World Championships, August 25 - September 2. The members of Team USA have been preparing for the event since July 10 at the Olympic Training Center and are ready to test their skills, as they vie for the gold medal. The six members had to qualify for these championships by placing in the top eight at their 2017 Continental Championships.
The six boxers representing the United States in Germany are bantamweight Duke Ragan (Cincinnati, Ohio), lightweight Delante Johnson (Cleveland, Ohio), light welterweight Freudis Rojas Jr. (Las Vegas, Nev.), welterweight Quinton Randall (Katy, Texas), middleweight Troy Isley (Alexandria, Va.) and super heavyweight Nkosi Solomon (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Head Coach Billy Walsh (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Kay Koroma (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Joe Guzman (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Augie Sanchez (Las Vegas, Nev.) will lead the team in Hamburg.
USA Boxing will send seven additional staff members to help bring success to the team. These members include: Media Representative Annemarie Blanco (Bonn, Germany), Video Coordinator Andrew Brancas(Colorado Springs, Colo.), High Performance Director Matt Johnson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), National Teams Sports Nutritionist Nuwanee Kirihennedige (Colorado Springs, Colo.), National Teams Athletic Trainer Kevin Kotsko (Pittsburgh, Pa.), National Teams Manager Jess Luscinski (Colorado Springs, Colo.), National Teams Strength & Conditioning Coach Jose Polanco (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Team Doctor Armando Sanchez (Milwaukee, Wis.).
Prior to the start of the tournament, Team USA will attend an acclimation camp, August 11-20, in Cologne, Germany. During this time, they will complete their final preparation with seven other countries, including Brazil, Germany, Hungry, Jordan, Mongolia, Netherlands and Poland.
The six members are all looking to make strong showings in there Elite World Championships debut. Two members of the team, Johnson and Rojas, both competed at last year’s 2016 Youth World Championships, which Johnson walked away with a gold medal. The preliminary rounds will begin on Friday, August 25, with the championship bouts taking place on Saturday, September 2.
This year’s World Championships used the five different Continental Championships to secure 280 of the world’s best boxers, including 18 Rio 2016 Olympic medalist, competing for a world title. For additional information on the 2017 Elite Men’s World Championships, visit USABoxing.org or www.aiba.org.
United States Roster
56 kg: Duke Ragan, Cincinnati, Ohio
60 kg: Delante Johnson, Cleveland, Ohio
64 kg: Freudis Rojas Jr., Las Vegas, Nev.
69 kg: Quinton Randall, Katy, Texas
75 kg: Troy Isley, Alexandria, Va.
91+ kg: Nkosi Solomon, Brooklyn, N.Y.