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USF Boxing Club fighters came away with two titles in the U.S. Intercollegiate Boxing Association (USIBA) national championship over the weekend.
The wins make them some of the best welterweight and light heavyweight amateur boxers in the nation.
USF’s Akira William Chin ’17, an English major, defended his welterweight title by defeating Syracuse University’s Tony Chao. Leo Gutarov ’17, a finance major, lifted the light heavyweight belt by defeating Saul Hernandez of California State University, Northridge.
A national powerhouse
“They’re very talented athletes,” said head Coach Angelo Merino, referring to Chin and Gutarov. “I am confident they will bring more championships during their time at USF.”
The pair’s wins add to the USF Boxing Club’s reputation as a national powerhouse. USF boxers have won six USIBA national championships and boxed internationally for the U.S. and Philippines boxing teams and at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Greece. The club has multiple Golden Gloves champions, as well as regional and national titles.
Twenty-nine schools and 149 boxers, men and women, took part in the April 9-11 tournament at the University of Michigan, which included teams from Florida, West Point, and Michigan.
Photos courtesy of Angelo Merino