The 2023 Santiago Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile saw 2 bouts including U.S.A. Boxing’s featherweight duo, Jahmal Harvey from Oxon Hill, Md. and Alyssa Mendoza from Caldwell, Idaho.
Mendoza started the early morning by taking on against Canada’s Marie-Bathoul Al-Ahmadieh. Despite her best shots and landing a number of right-hand jabs to Al-Ahmadieh’s body, Mendoza lost the match with a 3-2 choice in favor of the Canadian.
Harvey, on the other hand, handled Keevin Allicock from Guyana. The 2021 Elite World Championships gold medalist showcased his aggressiveness and speed, controling every round with unrelenting punches. Harvey won by a unanimous choice, protecting the very first American medal of the Pan American Games and advancing to the semifinals.
In the semifinals, Harvey will deal with Brazil’s Luiz Gabrial Oliveira. This will be their 5th encounter, with each fighter having 2 wins against the other. A triumph against Oliveira would protect Harvey an area in next summertime’s Olympic Games in Paris.
The following day will see 5 American fighters contending, consisting of Naomi Graham, who intends to end up being the very first American fighter to win successive gold medals in the Pan American Games. Joshua Edwards and Morelle McCane will likewise make their launchings in the early morning session.
The Pan American Games act as the very first certifying occasion for fighters from the Americas for the Paris Olympic Games in 2024. Boxers should complete in the leading 2 positions, other than in the female 57 kg and 60 kg classifications, where a top-four surface is needed.
These Games, which combine fighters from 27 nations, mark the 19th edition of the Pan American Games hosted in Chile.
Overall, the 5th day of boxing at the 2023 Santiago Pan American Games saw combined outcomes for the American fighters.