Local amateur boxers Marc Castro and Richard Torrez will represent the U.S. at the AIBA Junior Men’s World Championships Sept. 4-14 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Castro, a 119-pounder from Fresno, and Torrez, a 176-plus pounder from Tulare, are part of the 12-boxer U.S roster competing for gold at the event held every two years for the world’s top 15- and 16-year-olds.
Castro and Torrez earned their spots by placing first at the Junior Open earlier this year.
More than 400 boxers from 46 countries have registered for the tournament.
Preliminaries begin Sept. 4, with the semifinals Sept. 11 and the championship bouts Sept. 12.
Marcos Hernandez wins seventh pro bout
Fresno’s Marcos Hernandez improved to 7-0 as a professional with a unanimous six-round decision over Richmond’s Luis Alfredo Logo on a Roy Englebrecht Promotions card Aug. 27 in Costa Mesa.
Hernandez, a Sunnyside High graduate who trains out of Aleman Boxing Fresno, won all six rounds on the cards of two judges against a veteran of 38 pro fights.
▪ Aleman Boxing Fresno fighters went 3-0 during an amateur show in Lemoore on Aug. 30, highlighted by a three-round split decision by 12-year-old U.S. National Champion America Berber over Tulare’s Perscilla Velasco, 14.
Aleman’s Michael Torres, 9, defeated Avenal’s Michael Trejo, while Juan Gonzalez, 11, beat Livingston’s Daniel Galvan in three-round unanimous decisions.
▪ The sixth annual Mexican Independence Day Boxing Championships is set for Sept. 12th at Aleman Boxing Fresno’s gym.
The amateur show, scheduled to start at 2 p.m., will feature at least 25 bouts. Former Fresno pro Hector Lizarraga, a 2015 inductee into the California Boxing Hall of Fame, will be a special guest.