Team USA: four medals won at 2021 World Championships

BELGRADE, SERBIA – The United States team continued their strong performance at the 2021 Elite Men’s World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, winning four medals, the most for an elite men’s team since winning four gold medals in 1999.

Omari Jones (Orlando, Fla.) Started the day with an impressive victory over Olympian Wanderson De Oliveira of Brazil in 2020.

The American won all five cards from the judges at the end of the first round, which allowed the Brazilian to come back strong in the second. However, three judges still marked it in favor of Jones. The final round was another hotly contested round, which resulted in Jones taking four of the five cards and making the unanimous decision.

Jones, who won Team USA’s first medal of those championships, will look to qualify for the championship bout when he faces Lasha Guruli of Georgia.

Flyweight Roscoe Hill (Spring, TX) started the second session of the day with another impressive performance, using his defensive skills to stand out from his opponent. The first two rounds went 4-1 in Hill’s favor, and he secured his victory over Italy’s Federico Serra with a solid final round to win all five cards from the judges for the final decision 4-1.

Hill’s victory sets him up for a semi-final match against Russia’s Akhtem Zakirov on Thursday, where he will look to improve on his already guaranteed bronze medal.

Jahmal Harvey (Oxon Hill, Md.) Continued on Team USA’s path to victory with his fourth victory of the tournament. The 18-year-old grabbed all five cards from the judges in each of the three rounds to make the unanimous decision against Rujakran Juntrong of Thailand.

Harvey will face Samuel Kistohurry, Olympian of France 2020, in the semi-final on Thursday.

Light heavyweight Rahim Gonzales took home Team USA’s fourth medal of these championships after a strong performance against Omurbek Bekzhigit of Kyrgyzstan. The American won all five cards from the judges at the end of the first round, followed by a 4-1 second round. Gonzales closed the fight by taking cards from all five judges to win unanimously.

Gonzales’ semi-final match will be against Serbian Vladimir Mironchikov.

Obed Bartee-El (Harvest, Ala.) And Jamar Talley (Camden, NJ) saw their run to the World Championships come to an end after close split decision losses. Both boxers will leave the tournament with a top-eight spot on their World Championship debut.

Quarter-final results

51 kg: Roscoe Hill, Spring, TX / USA, Dec. on Federico Serra / ITA, 4-1

57 kg: Jahmal Harvey, Oxon Hill, Maryland / United States, Dec. Rujakran Juntrong / TBF, 5-0

67 kg: Omari Jones, Orlando, FL / USA, Dec. Wanderson De Oliveira, bra, 5-0

71 kg: Sarkhan Aliyev / AZE, 3-2 Dec. on Obed Bartee-El, Harvest, Ala./United States, 3-2

80 kg: Rahim Gonzales, Las Vegas, Nevada / USA, dec. v Omurbek Bekzhigit / KGZ, 5-0

92 kg: Emmanuel Reyes / ESP Dec. on Jamar Talley, Camden, NJ / USA, 4-1

Semi-finals

51 kg: Roscoe Hill, Spring, TX / USA, vs. RBF

57 kg: Jahmal Harvey, Oxon Hill, Maryland / United States, against FRA

67kg: Omari Jones, Orlando, FL / USA, vs. GEO

80 kg: Rahim Gonzales, Las Vegas, Nevada / USA, against Serbia

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