2004 Titan Games
June 18-20, 2004
Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Article by Mark Palmer, Photos by Al
The boxing competition began on Friday evening, with Germany winning eight of eleven matches against the team from Mexico.
On Saturday night, the USA boxing team won four of their matches with Korea, starting with Rau’shee Warren’s tiebreaker victory over Korea’s Moo-Won Hong at 48 kg/106 lbs, winning on total punch count. The next three matches saw US boxers Ron Siler (51 kg/112 lbs), Torrence Daniels (54 kg/119 lbs), and Ray Lampkin (57 kg/125 lbs) fall to their Korean opponents. However, Vicente Escobedo (60 kg/132 lbs) started a win streak for team USA, followed by Rock Allen (64 kg/141 lbs) and Vanes Martirosyan (69 kg/152 lbs) winning on walkover. Andre Dirrell (75 kg/165 lbs) won his match 23-13, while Andre Ward (81 kg/178 lbs) bested his Korean opponent 16-7. Devin Vargas won his 91 kg/201 lbs match on walkover.
In a Father’s Day special on Sunday afternoon, there were six consolation bouts featuring competitors from all competing nations: the US, Iraq, Mexico, Korea and Germany. The first match at 48 kg/106 lbs saw Korea’s Moo-Won Hong defeat Najah Ali of Iraq 34-12. The USA’s Ron Siler beat Israel Reyes of Mexico by the score of 39-30 at 51 kg/112 lbs). In the next match, teammate Torrence Daniels won a 26-13 victory over Mexico’s Luis Sillas. At 57 kg/125 lbs, US boxer Ray Lampkin, in only his second international competition, lost a close match to Germany’s Andreas Papp. In the last match of the afternoon – and of the Titan Games – light-heavyweight Hak-Sung Song of Korea beat Mexico’s Ramiro Reducindo 13-10.
When all the team points were tallied, team USA won first place, with Germany placing second, and Mexico third.
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