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Eduard Gutknecht vs. Richard Vidal on June 8th in Berlin, Germany

Former European Champion Eduard Gutknecht (24-2, 9 KOs) has a new opponent to prepare for. Originally, the 31-year-old German was supposed to take on Travis Dickinson at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany.

However, the Brit pulled out of the fight and will now be replaced by Richard Vidal from Uruguay on June 8. The 37-year-old will be a tough challenge in Gutknecht´s quest to capture the vacant WBA Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Championship. “I have been preparing for Dickinson and his strengths,” said Gutknecht. “But I am aiming to get back to the top. Therefore, I have to deal with these uncomfortable situations. Vidal is in great shape and has quite some experience when it comes to title fights. I won’t make the mistake of underestimating him.”

Tickets for the big fight night at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin,
Germany are available at www.eventim.de and www.boxen.com.

Team USA Records Four More Semifinal Victories at the Cheo Aponte Tournament in Puerto Rico

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Eight United States boxers will vie for gold in final round action at the Cheo Aponte tournament following four more U.S. victories in Friday’s semifinal action. Light welterweight Jose Alday (Odessa, Texas), welterweight Jamontay Clark (Cincinnati, Ohio), heavyweight Michael Hilton (Trenton, N.J.) and super heavyweight Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) all claimed semifinal wins in tonight’s competition.

Alday, Hilton and Awesome all boxed in their first bout of the 2013 Cheo Aponte Tournament with each member of the trio enjoying a victorious debut. It was Alday opening the night of action for his U.S. squad and he did so in a battle with a host nation boxer. Yet Alday was not deterred, winning a 3-0 decision over Puerto Rico’s Hector Ortiz to move on to the light welterweight finale.

Clark has boxed every day of the tournament and the welterweight recorded his third victory of the event in Friday’s semifinal action. He earned the second unanimous decision of the night, defeating the Dominican Republic’s Johan Santos to advance on to final round action.

Hilton put on a strong performance in his heavyweight showdown with Puerto Ricos’ Sahret Delgado. The 2013 USA Boxing National Champion earned his first international win, taking a TKO over Delgado in the third round of their semifinal match-up. The victory moves Hilton on to the heavyweight final where he will try to add a Cheo Aponte gold medal to his resume.

Awesome claimed the last spot in the Cheo Aponte finals with a victory in his semifinal contest with Brazil’s Johnny Kleuge. The most experienced member of the squad, Awesome won a 3-0 decision over Kleuge to move on to a final round match-up with Puerto Rico.

Light heavyweight Geremias Torres (Holyoke, Mass.) suffered the lone loss of the night for the U.S. squad, dropping a 3-0 decision to Brazil’s Michael Borges.

Light flyweight Leroy Davila (New Brunswick, N.J.) will compete in his first bout of the tournament in tomorrow’s finals, joining tonight’s winners along with flyweight Shawn Simpson (Chicago, Ill.), female flyweight Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas), and female lightweight Tiara Brown (Fort Myers, Fla.) in the championship round.

U.S. Results

141 lbs: Jose Alday, Odessa, Texas/USA dec. Hector Ortiz, PUR, 3-0

152 lbs: Jamontay Clark, Cincinnati, Ohio/USA dec. Johan Santos, DOM

178 lbs: Michael Borges, BRA, dec. Geremias Torres, Holyoke, Mass./USA, 3-0

201 lbs: Michael Hilton, Trenton, N.J./USA won on TKO over Sahret Delgado, PUR, TKO-3

201+ lbs: Cam F. Awesome, Lenexa, Kansas/USA dec. Johnny Kleuge, BRA, 3-0

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).

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