Dedrick Crocklem (Tacoma, Wash.) picked up his third win of these championships to advance to the quarterfinals. He took a 3-2 victory over Ukraine’s Oleksandr Yarovyi in a tightly fought bout.
The light welterweight fell behind, 4-1, after the first round against Yarovyi, but came back to closely pick up the second round, 3-2, to keep the find within reach.
With the final round needed by the American to advance, Crocklem left it all in the ring and once again took the round, 3-2, to secure the victory and guaranteed a top eight finish in the world.
Crocklem will face Rafael Buza of Hungry on Monday, where a victory will secure a place in the semifinals and at least a bronze medal.
Flyweight Ryan Williams (Toledo, Ohio) saw his tournament run come to a close after a 4-1 loss to Ari Bonilla of Mexico in another hard-fought bout between the two.
Tomorrow will be a busy day for Team USA, as five boxers will take to the ring, including Sa’Rai Brown-El (Marietta, Ga.) and Patrick O’Connor (Fort Washington, Md.), both of whom will be stepping into the ring for the first time at these championships.
Joining Brown-El and O’Connor are Amir Anderson (Syracuse, N.Y.), Yoseline Perez (Houston, Texas) and Cornellio Phipps (Oxford, Pa.). All five boxers will be boxing for a spot in their weight categories quarterfinals.
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Day 5 Results
51 kg: Ryan Williams, Toledo, Ohio/USA, vs. Ari Bonilla/MEX
63.5 kg: Dedrick Crocklem, Tacoma, Wash./USA, dec. over Oleksandr Yarovyi/UKR, 3-2
Day 6 Schedule
R52 kg: Sa’Rai Brown-El, Marietta, Ga./USA, vs. Tomiris Myrzakul/KAZ (Ring B, Bout 2, 9:45 a.m. ET*)
R57 kg: Cornellio Phipps, Oxford, Pa./USA, vs. Akzhol Asylbek Uulu/KGZ (Ring A, Bout 1, 1:00 p.m. ET*)
B57 kg: Yoseline Perez, Houston, Texas/USA, vs. Hyeji Park/KOR (Ring B, Bout 3, 6:30 a.m. ET*)
R71 kg: Amir Anderson, Syracuse, N.Y./USA, vs. Sultan Osmanli/TUR – (Ring B, Bout 9, 11:30 a.m. ET*)
R80 kg: Patrick O’Connor, Fort Washington, Md./USA, vs. Luis Reynoso Valiente/CUB (Ring B, Bout 7, 7:30 a.m. ET*)
Team USA went 2-1 during today’s boxing at the 2022 Youth World Championships in La Nucia, Spain, advancing two more boxers to their respective weight classes round of 16.
Light middleweight Amir Anderson (Syracuse, N.Y.) drew the reigning European Champion, Bobbi Flood of Ireland, for his World Championships debut, setting up an exciting match that lived up to the expectation between the two.
Anderson took the first round, 4-1, before seeing Flood come back to take the second round with his on 4-1 decision. With the bout on the line, Anderson came out strong in the third and final round, landing clean shots and combinations, to take the bout by a 4-1 decision in the end to advance to a bout with Turkey’s Sultan Osmanli on Sunday.
“I fought like a B-,” stated Anderson following his bout. “I fought a European Champion, number one in Europe, and I think I did well enough to show everyone in this tournament I am going to be number one. I think I beat the best person here, and now it is only matter of time to be a World Champion.”
Featherweight Cornellio Phipps (Oxford, Pa.) picked up his second win of these championships in a hard-fought bout against England’s Frankie Wood.
Wood took a 4-1 lead following the first round, however, Phipps came back to take the second round, 3-2, to make it anyone’s bout heading into the final round. Phipps left it all in the ring during the last round, which included giving Wood a standing eight count.
All five judges scored the final round 5-0 to secure Phipps the 3-2 final decision and a spot in a round-of-16 match-up against Akzhol Asylbek Uulu of Kyrgyzstan, the 2022 Asian Youth Championships silver medalist.
“God was with me in that fight,” said Phipps at the conclusion of his bout. “We won’t see no more close fights, split decisions, no more. I give my opponent credit. We are going to keep grinding.”
Lightweight Randi Griffith (Gouverneur, N.Y.) put up a tough fight against Rukiye Kaya of Turkey, however, after receiving back-to-back standing eight counts in the third round, the fight ended by abandonment.
Flyweight Ryan Williams (Toledo, Ohio) and light welterweight Dedrick Crocklem (Tacoma, Wash.) will return to the ring tomorrow for their second and third fights, respectively, and looking to advance to the quarterfinal rounds. Williams will go head-to-head against Mexico’s Ari Bonilla, while Crocklem will face Oleksandr Yarovyi of Ukraine.
73 countries and 593 boxers are taking part in these Youth World Championships, which is the first Youth World Championships for USA Boxing since 2018.
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Day 4 Results
57 kg: Cornellio Phipps, Oxford, Pa./USA, dec. over Frankie Wood/ENG, 3-2
60 kg: Rukiye Kaya/TUR won by abandonment over Randi Griffith, Gouverneur, N.Y./USA, ABD
71 kg: Amir Anderson, Syracuse, N.Y./USA, dec. over Bobbi Duggan Flood/IRL, 4-1
Day 5 Schedule
51 kg: Ryan Williams, Toledo, Ohio/USA, vs. Ari Bonilla/MEX (Ring A, Bout 8, 2:45 p.m. ET*)
63.5 kg: Dedrick Crocklem, Tacoma, Wash./USA, vs. Oleksandr Yarovyi/UKR (Ring A, Bout 10, 11:45 a.m. ET*)