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Carlos Ivan Velásquez vs. Rico Ramos on September 7th in Indio, California

August 28, 2013 – Puerto Rico’s undefeated Olympian, Carlos Ivan Velásquez (15-0, 11 KOs), takes a major step up in competition when he challenges former world champion, Rico Ramos (21-3, 11 KOs). The 10-round featherweight bout will take place at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California, September 7 on the undercard of Chris Arreola vs. Seth Mitchell, a show promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and televised on Showtime. Velásquez vs. Ramos will be a non-televised bout with the possibility of highlights shown.

Velásquez who represented Puerto Rico in the 2004 Olympics, was an outstanding amateur boxer winning numerous amateur championships. Being the last man to defeat Yuriokis Gamboa, Velásquez feels he has the skills to become a world champion sometime in 2014.

“I’m ready for the next chapter of my career,” said Velásquez. “Rico Ramos is a world class fighter and I’m looking to put on a great show for the fans.”

A win against Rico Ramos will surely give Velásquez the recognition he is seeking. Velásquez is coming of an impressive unanimous decision victory against Giorgi Mtchedlishvili this past May. Carlos dropped Mtchedlishvili in the final round of that bout.

“I feel with a few more fights, I’ll be ready to challenge all top contenders in the featherweight division and fight for a world title by next year. First, I have to get past Ramos and show the boxing world that I’m a worthy contender. My main focus is beating Rico Ramos. I want to become my islands next great champion and this will move me into that direction”

USA Boxing’s Athletes to Test Their Skills Against Top International Foes at the Three World Championship Events

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – USA Boxing’s international calendar has been jam packed throughout 2013, providing the nation’s top Olympic-style boxers in several age divisions with valuable competition experience against styles from across the globe. Yet, the next two months will provide the largest test of the year with a series of World Championships events in the junior, female youth and men’s elite divisions.

The junior males will be the first group to vie for gold, competing in the Junior Men’s World Championships, September 5-15 in Kiev, Ukraine. Team USA’s 13 young male athletes are currently in Assisi, Italy, taking part in an acclimation camp before traveling to Kiev for the big event. The junior men recently completed a joint training camp with their elite male counterparts at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

For the first time ever, Team USA will compete in the Women’s Junior/Youth World Championships, September 20-29, in Albena, Bulgaria. A mixed team of junior and youth champions will represent the United States in the tournament following an acclimation camp in mid-September. It will be the second international event of the year for the junior females with the youth women participating in their first global tournament of 2013. The full roster of athletes representing the United States in the event will be released shortly.

The series of World Championships events will culminate, October 11-27 in Almaty, Kazakhstan as a 10-man squad from the United States faces off with their counterparts from across the globe at the AIBA Men’s World Championships. The United States team is currently in Santiago, Chile, to compete in the Men’s Continental Championships, August 29-September 3. The Continental Championships will serve as more than just a tune-up for the athletes with valuable international ranking points on the line in south America.

All of the athletes competing in the upcoming World Championship events earned their spots through the 2013 Junior World Team Open and USA Boxing National Championships.

Junior Men’s World Championships Team

101 lbs: Jordan White, Waldorf, Md.

106 lbs: Daniel Gonzalez, Moreno Valley, Calif.

110 lbs: Joseph Cuellar, Tulare, Calif.

114 lbs: Shakur Stevenson, Newark, N.J.

119 lbs: Devin Haney, Las Vegas, Nev.

125 lbs: Michael Nelson, Mansfield, Ohio

132 lbs: Keoni Adric, Jr., Haleiwa, Hawaii

138 lbs: Brandon Trejo, Napa, Calif.

145 lbs: Javier Estrada, Palmdale, Calif.

154 lbs: Alexis Rocha, Santa Ana, Calif.

165 lbs: Eric Murguia, San Fernando, Calif.

176 lbs: Suray Mahmutovic, Daly City, Calif.

176+ lbs: Pano Tiatia, St. George, Utah

Elite Men’s World Championships Team

108 lbs: Leroy Davila, New Brunswick, N.J.

114 lbs: Malik Jackson, Washington DC

123 lbs: Eduardo Martinez, Aurora, Ill.

132 lbs: Kenneth Sims, Jr., Chicago, Ill.

141 lbs: Jose Alday, Odessa, Texas

152 lbs: Jamontay Clark, Cincinnati, Ohio

165 lbs: LeShawn Rodriquez, Shirley, N.Y.

178 lbs: Geremias Torres, Holyoke, Mass.

201 lbs: Michael Hilton, Trenton, N.J.

201+ lbs: Cam F. Awesome, Lenexa, Kansas

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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