Jamaica qualifies two boxers for Pan Am Games

By April 18, 2019

Two Jamaican boxers, super heavyweight Ricardo Brown and lightweight Shiloh Defreitas, have qualified for the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, from July 2 to August 11.

Both men won their berths during a qualifying tournament held in Managua, Nicaragua, from April 2-11.

Brown got a bye into the quarterfinals and then lost to American Richard Torrez, who was unable to take further part in the competition because of injuries. Torrez would go on to win a bronze medal.

Meanwhile, Defreitas who is based in England won his first bout against Yonathan Contreras from Guatemala, but lost to former Colombian professional boxer Jonathan Romero, in the next round. However, he finished in the final eight and therefore qualified.

Leroy Brown, the manager of Jamaica’s team, said the boxers performed well overall but he was disappointed that welterweight boxer Joshua Frazer did not make the cut despite an excellent performance.

Frazer won his bouts against Costa Rica’s Abraham Mora, the referee stopping the contest in round two. He later defeated Carl Hield of the Bahamas on points.

Frazer would eventually lose to the eventual silver medal winner Gabriel Maestre from Venezuela. He finished eighth which would normally qualify him for a spot at the Pan Am Games but Pan Am hosts Peru, were given a free spot in that division.

Jamaica's other boxer, Ian Darby lost his opening bout against Mexican Rogelio Romero and did not qualify.

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