Quarterfinals are underway at the 2019 AMBC Pan Am Games Qualifiers
The 3rd day (April 6) of the 2019 AMBC Pan Am Qualifiers was a busy day for Team Canada with 4 boxers on the card. Nickenson Denis and Myriam Da Silva were scheduled to make their debut in the preliminary round of the competition. On the other hand, both Bryan Colwell and Sabrina Aubin had already secured their spot in the Top 8 and were now hoping to advance to semifinals. However, Day 3 proved to be challenging for the Canadian delegation. Here’s a recap of the performances of the four boxers:
69 kg Myriam Da Silva (Chambly, QC)
Myriam Da Silva entered the competition against Kimberly Gittens from Barbados. Gittens had recently won bronze at 2019 Independence Cup, but fell short against Da Silva who came into the bout with a solid game plan. Controlling the pace of the match, the Canadian boxer won a 4-1 split decision.
With this preliminary victory, Myriam is now in the Top 8 and advances to quarterfinals where she will face American boxer Oshae Jones on April 7th during the evening session.
75 kg Nickenson Denis (Montreal, QC)
Having obtained a bye in the first preliminary round, Nickenson Denis stepped into the ring against one of Brazil’s top middleweight fighters, Hebert Da Conceição, for his first bout of the tournament. In a well-fought bout, both athletes displayed solid athleticism and good boxing skills but Nickenson unfortunately was on the wrong side of a split decision and lost 4-1 to the Brazilian boxer.
91 kg Bryan Colwell (Victoria, BC)
After a convincing win against Haiti in his first bout, Bryan advanced to the quarterfinals where he squared off against Cuban Savon Erislandry. Ranked World’s #1 heavyweight boxer, this opponent proved to be one of Bryan Colwell’s most challenging bouts. Unfortunately, the Canadian boxer lost this fight by a 5-0 score.
While he lost, this fight was an extremely valuable experience and a great test to understand where he currently stands against the current top heavyweight. Both boxers exchanged words to each other after the bout as a signs of respect and recognition.
57 kg Sabrina Aubin (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC)
Sabrina continues to show boxing prowess and great technical skills as she wins her second bout of the competition against Nicaraguan boxer Keylin Reyes by unanimous decision. This quarterfinal victory secures her spot in semifinals. Guaranteed a medal, she will back in action on April 9 against Leonela Sanchez from Argentina. Both boxers have performed convincingly since the start of the competition so make sure to tune it to this bout as Sabrina will attempt to advance to the final.
Ahead of Day 4, here are the 4 Canadian boxers to watch today (April 7):
- SESSION 13
– Quarterfinals 81 kg Harley-David O’Reilly vs. Luis Georges (DOM)
- SESSION 14
– Quarterfinals 60 kg Irene Fiolek debuts vs. Maria Palacios (ECU)
– Quarterfinals 69 kg Myriam Da Silva vs. Oshae Jones (USA)
– Quarterfinals 75 kg Tammara Thibeault debuts vs Teresa Flavia (BRA)
For all information regarding the competition (schedule, results, draw sheets, etc), consult Boxing Canada’s event webpage throughout the tournament.