SALT LAKE CITY — Albuquerque’s Abraham Perez continued his pursuit of a 2020 Olympic berth with a victory by unanimous decision over Saul Gomez of Las Vegas, Nev., Tuesday night in first-round action at the USA Boxing National Championships.
Perez, competing in the Elite Division 114-pound weight class, is scheduled to face St. Louis’ Timothy Jarman in Thursday’s quarterfinals.
He is one of three New Mexico boxers fighting in the Elite Division. Albuquerque’s Sharahya Moreu and Rio Rancho’s Jocelyn Shade are both entered in the Elite women’s 152-pound weight class and are scheduled to fight (not against each other) tonight.
Shade and Moreu are in the same half of the bracket. Should they both win tonight, they would face each other in the semifinals on Friday.
On Tuesday, four New Mexicans in other divisions won their opening bouts, all by unanimous decision.
Farmington’s Jermaine Nez (Intermediate, 75 pounds) defeated Gracen Hoopii of Spring Valley, Calif.
Albuquerque’s Filomeno Pulido (Junior, 106) defeated Gaven Taylor of Sturgis, S.D.
Gallup’s Richard Archuleta (Youth, 108) defeated Anthony Thompson of Cincinnati.
Albuquerque’s Alejandro Castillo (Intermediate, 75) defeated Dane Herrera of Commerce City, Colo.