Author: Sammy Heywood Okine

Team USA is proud to announce that Joseph Awinongya Jr. has been selected to represent the United States in the upcoming international competition.

Awinongya Jr. brings a wealth of talent and experience to the team, and his selection is a testament to his hard work and dedication to the sport.

Awinongya Jr. aka ‘Jojo The Boxer’ has proven himself to be a formidable competitor, and Team USA is confident in his ability to excel on the international stage. His passion for the sport and commitment to excellence make him an invaluable asset to the team.

“I am honored to have been selected to represent Team USA,” said Awinongya Jr. “I am looking forward to competing against the best athletes in the world and bringing home a medal for my country.”

The entire Team USA family congratulates Awinongya Jr. on his selection and wishes him the best of luck in the upcoming competition.

The men’s team is highlighted by Emmanuel Chance (East Orange, N.J.) and Rishon Sims (Harrisburg, Pa.) as both were members of the 2023 Youth High Performance Team. Chance will compete for Team USA at the 55 kg weight division and Sims will compete in the 90 kg weight division in 2024.

Shamiracle Hardaway (Lagrange, Ga.) shines bright on the female side. Now in her second year as a member of the Youth High Performance Team, the 17 year old will be competing in the 60 kg weight division. The remaining spots of the team can be found below.

Team USA Youth/U19 Roster

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48 kg: Joscelyn Olayo-Munoz, Las Cruces, N.M.

50 kg: Lorenzo Patricio, Waianae, Hawaii

51 kg: Laila Zakirova, Staten Island, N.Y.

54 kg: Violet Lopez, Milwaukee, Wis.

55 kg: Emmanuel Chance, East Orange, N.J.

57 kg: Mercedes Castanon, San Antonio, Texas

60 kg: Shamiracle Hardaway, Lagrange, Ga.

60 kg: Marcus Luther, Washington, DC

65kg:  Nevaeh Williams – Cleveland, OH

70 kg: Malachi Ross, Grandview, Mo.

75 kg: Joseph Awinongya, Joliet, Ill.

80 kg: Elijah Lugo, Marietta, Ga.

90 kg: Rishon Sims, Harrisburg, PA

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