MEET USA BOXING YOUTH WOMEN TEAM
BY USA BOXING
Eight of the United States top youth female boxers will depart Monday, November 13 for Guwahati, India to box for a chance at a world title in the 2017 Youth Women's World Championships.
Below is a closer look at the eight females who will represent Team USA.
Isamary Aquinio, 54 kg
Born in Elmhurst, Ill., Isamary began boxing in 2005, however it was not until her move to Texas that she seriously began training. Now training at Ramos Boxing Team in Universal City, Texas, Aquinio will be looking for her first World title. She is a three-time Junior Olympic Champion, two-time USA Boxing National Champion and was awarded the 2016 USA Boxing Junior Female Boxer of the Year.
Aidyl Cardenas, 64 kg
Cardenas will be making her international debut at these Championships. Training out of Calexico Boxing Academy in Calexico, Calif., the orthodox boxer began boxing only a few years ago in 2011. During her short career, Cardenas has picked up titles at the 2016 Junior Olympics and 2017 Youth Open Championships in West Virginia, and will be looking to add a world title to her resume in Guwahati.
Diana Estrada, 60 kg
Representing Team Estrada out of Hillsboro, Oregon, Diana will be looking to close out her impressive youth career at these World Championships. The 2016 Youth National Champion began boxing in 2006 and has already claimed numerous national titles. Estrada will be looking to repeat Team USA’s gold medal win at the 2015 Youth World Championships in the lightweight division.
Heaven Garcia, 51 kg
El Monte, Calif. native Heaven Garcia is Team USA’s lone boxer with World Championship experience after her gold medal performance at the 2015 Junior World Championships. Garcia, who trains at Jerry Ortiz Memorial Boxing Gym, could become the fourth American to win back-to-back Junior and Youth World Titles, and just the second female to accomplish this.
Romalin Martinez, 57 kg
Elite Boxing Academy’s Romalin Martinez started boxing at the age of 12. The Humble, Texas native could become the first American female featherweight youth world champion in her international debut. She is the reigning Youth National Champion, as well as the 2015 Junior Olympic Champion.
Sharahya Moreu, 75 kg
Albuquerque’s Sharahya Moreu will be looking to follow in USA Boxing great Claressa Shields footsteps and take home the middleweight youth world championship title. Trained at Moreu Boxing, the 2016 Youth National Champion and two-time Youth Open Champion began boxing when she was 12-years-old after her father and Johnny ‘Mi Vid Loca’ Tapia brought her into the gym to take up the sport.
Citlalli Ortiz, 69 kg
Coachella, California native Citlalli Ortiz trains out of Lee Espinoza Coachella Boxing Club. The orthodox boxer began boxing in 2008 after watching her sister. While she began boxing in 2008, the majority of her bouts came in 2016, which included wins at the Junior Olympics and Youth National Championships.
Amy Salinas, 48 kg
Cross Town Bowing’s Amy Salinas resides in Las Cruces, N.M. Salinas got started in boxing in 2008 after watching her uncle. With around 65 bouts under her belt, Salinas is looking to add another title to her resume that already includes being a two-time National Champion and three-time Ringside Champion.