US Squad Prepares to Dominate on a Historical day

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September 10, 2010

(ASSISI, ITALY) – After an impressive display of international boxing on Wednesday, September 8th by the newly crowned US National Champions, the squad is still keen to avenge their Italian opponents during the second dual match at Assisi’s Lyrick Theatre on September 11th.  This historical day in the United States will be honored by the Italian Boxing Federation and City of Assisi with a commemorative ceremony taking place in the afternoon prior to the second dual match.  This ceremony will honor those who were lost, but not forgotten in the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City.   


Giorgio Bartolini, the former Mayor on September 11th and the current Vice Mayor of Assisi, heard the devastating news and decided to present a commemorative book, signed by residents of Assisi to firemen from their sister city, San Francisco.  Since then he has worked with other US and Italian dignitaries to build “la strada della mattonata”, a pathway with the names of the victims of Twin Tower Attacks engraved in stone that connects the Santa Maria degli Angeli Cathedral to the St. Francis Church.  Italian and US dignitaries will be present along with both delegations and additional honorary guests.  Everyone will gather at 2:00p.m. at the “la strada della mattonata” for a special memorial ceremony before crossing this pathway to the City Hall of Assisi where a bell will be rung in memory of this historical day.


The second dual match honoring this day will begin at 9:00p.m. at the Lyrick Theatre of Assisi.  The US team has replaced flyweight Miguel Cartagena (Philadelphia, PA) with two-time Olympian and 2007 World Champion, Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, OH), to battle fellow Olympian and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist, Vincenzo Piccardi.  Three-time national champion, Louie Byrd (Denver, CO), and 2010 national champions, Joseph Diaz Jr. (El Monte, CA) and Pedro Sosa (Bronx, N.Y.) look to rebound against their Italian opponents Alex Ferramosca, Ciro Cipriano and Vangeli Dario.  Lightweight Jose Ramirez (Avenal, CA) and heavyweight Steve Geffrard (Boca Raton, FL) will prepare to face new Italian opponents.  Ramirez will box Cosenza Donato while Geffrard will take on 2008 Olympic silver medalist and 2007 World Champion, Clemente Russo.  In the welterweight division Alex Martin (Crest Hill, IL) will now box Italy’s Vincenzo Mangiacapre as his previous opponent, Italy’s Diego Di Luisa, suffered a minor hand injury during his loss to Martin.  After commanding performances on Wednesday, middleweight Luis Arias (Milwaukee, Wis.) and super heavyweight Lenroy Thompson (Uniondale, N.Y.) are expecting to take their second bouts against Italy’s Podda Lucca and Rossano Francesco.  Light heavyweight Jeff Spencer (Fort Carson, CO) from the U.S. Army is focusing in to finish even against Italy’s Fiori Simone.


The US team will be joined again at the ring by officials Kevin Franklin and Joe Sanchez.  The coaches, Al Simpson, Gene Vivero and Anthony Chase are expecting great things from this young and enthusiastic group of boxers.  Martha Dodson, who has been great during the second leg of the trip, will also be present to continue to look after our boxers.


Sunday’s Line-Up

49kg/108lbs: Louie Byrd (Denver, Colo) vs. Alex Ferramosca (Italy)

52kg/114lbs: Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) vs. Vincenzo Picardi (Italy)

56kg/123lbs: Joseph Diaz Jr. (El Monte, Calif.) vs. Ciro Cipriano (Italy)

60kg/132lbs: Jose Ramirez (Avenal, Calif.) vs. Cosenza Donato (Italy)

64kg/141lbs: Pedro Sosa (Bronx, N.Y.) vs. Dario Vangeli (Italy)

69kg/152lbs: Alex Martin (Cresthill, Illinois) vs. Mangiacapre Vincenzo (Italy)

75kg/165lbs: Luis Arias (Milwaukee, Wisc.) vs. Luca Podda (Italy)

81kg/178lbs: Jeff Spencer (Colorado Springs, Colo.) vs. Simone Fiori (Italy)

91kg/201lbs: Steve Geffrard (Boca Raton, Flor.) vs. Biagio Imbesi (Italy)

91+kg/201lbs: Lenroy 'Cam' Thompson (Uniondale, N.Y.) vs. Francesco Rossano (Italy)