exclusive interview: Iyana Verduzco won gold at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and Youth World Championships for team usa
BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
PACOIMA, CALIFORNIA - The 2018 Youth Men and Women's Continental Championships brought over 120 amateur boxers from more than 13 countries to Colorado Springs, Colorado to fight for gold. They have aspirations to qualify for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and Youth World Championships. The fourth day of the 2018 Youth Men and Women's Continental Championships at the Hotel Eleganté Conference & Event Center in Colorado witnessed Team USA win four golds and one bronze, which included Iyana "Right Hook Roxy" Verduzco winning the fourth gold medal in the bantamweight division.
"I was scheduled to fight someone from Haiti, but unfortunately she did not attend the weigh-ins, and the fight did not come to fruition. She basically forfeited the fight, and I won the gold medal. Some people were enraged at the fact that I won the gold medal without stepping foot inside the ring. My opponent pulled a no-show, so I have to disregard their emotions, and remember not only that I am a national champion, but that I worked endlessly for this bout; they didn't, so I earned it fair and square! Now, I am training off and on here at the "University of Pacoima Boxing" with "Professor Fidel Briseno," said Iyana "Right Hook Roxy" Verduzco as she chuckles and wipes her face with a towel after hours of training for her next victim.
"Iyana "Right Hook Roxy" Verduzco has been coming to our program every now and then, but, she always gives us 100 percent. We love the fact that she is representing the United States in amatuer boxing, and its just amazing to watch her train at our facility," said coach Fidel Briseno, co-founder of the Pacoima Boxing Club, and mentor to dozens of aspiring athletes.
Shawn W. Anderson