The last qualification event for the upcoming Panamerican Games was held in Panama City, with the 33 remaining quota places available for the Games.
Panama's No.1 CAC Games bronze medalist 19-year-old Gilberto Pedroza walked over to the gold medal because his strong Venezuelan opponent Evier Hernandez could not fight against him in the light flyweight final, while Michael Benadosso of the USA lost his semi-final and therefore the qualification to Guadalajara as well.
Puerto Rico's teenager Carlos Ortiz caused a huge surprise at the event and won the flyweight gold medal because his US rival National Champion John Franklin could not fight against him, while Argentina's WSB competitor Fernando Martinez missed the medal.
Venezuela's AIBA World Championships competitor Angel Rodriguez not only qualified for the Panamerican Games but defeated Canada's pride Joey Laviolette by 14:7 in the bantamweight final.
The Dominican Republic's AIBA Youth World Championships quarter-finalist 21-year-old Wellington Arias won his first international gold medal this year after beating Barbados's Commonwealth Games competitor Cobia Breedy by 17:7 in the lightweight division.
Venezuela's Yoelvis Hernandez won the light welterweight gold medal after beating Panama's local hero Cesar Rivas, who eliminated US National Champion Pedro Sosa in the first preliminary round.
Peru's top boxer Luis Miranda competed in the lightweight class in the South American Games last year but after this unsuccessful event he trained more and moved up into welterweight class. At the final of the qualifier Miranda defeated Argentina's Alberto Palmeta by a close 5:4 and achieved Peru's best result this year.
Dominican Republic's Giraldo Cordova Cardin Memorial Tournament silver medalist Junior Castillo had a hectic battle against US athlete Damarius Russell and finally the Dominican fighter won the middleweight gold medal by a close 13:12.
Puerto Rico's Jose Soto missed the medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games last year but has improved since and his light heavyweight victory was not a huge surprise in Panama City. He triumphed over Jamaica's Jovan Young who has been training and living in London, UK for many years.
Barbados' No.1 CAC Games bronze medalist and veteran heavyweight boxer Anderson Emanuel was crowned in the heavyweight class, where he was too strong for Panamerican Youth Championships silver medalist 19-year-old Manuel De Jesus Marinez of the Dominican Republic.
Colombia's best super heavyweight boxer Isaias Mena won the last men's gold medal in Panama City after beating Virgin Islands No.1 CAC Games quarter-finalist Clayton Laurent by 12:10 in their first head-to-head encounter.
Colombia's new women's boxing surprise Ingrid Valencia put in an excellent performance in Panama City and celebrate a final victory. The young Colombian boxer beat Costa Rica's best women fighter Panamerican Championships bronze medalist Pamela Sanchez by 12:3 in the Olympic flyweight class.
AIBA Women's World Championships competitor Celeste Peralta secured Argentina's second women's qualification place after Paola Benavides' gold medal in the first event. Peralta won the lightweight gold medal after beating Jennifer Caceres of Colombia by 19:11.
The Virgin Islands' only had two competitors in the qualification event but both fighters secured their tickets to Guadalajara. After Laurent's success his female compatriot Tiffany Reddick defeated Nicaragua's only woman qualifier, Ledy Mayorga, by 10:8 in the middleweight division.
After the third and final qualification event the entry list of the Panamerican Games is now finalized. Altogether 125 boxers from 23 nations have qualified for the event and only Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and host Mexico collected the maximum 10 quota places for the men's competition, while Canada, Mexico and the United States secured the three women's qualification places.
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