Lexington boxer Samantha Kinchen opened competition Monday in the Women’s Junior/Youth World Championships in Albena, Bulgaria, with a dominating 3-0 victory.
Kinchen, a Henry Clay graduate and now a freshman at the University of Kentucky, won all four rounds from Ana-Roxana Patrascu of Romania, doling out a standing eight-count along the way in a youth welterweight (152-pound) bout.
Kinchen advances to the quarterfinals, where she will take on Ukraine’s Tetiana Ryzhenkova on Wednesday. Kinchen is trained by Lexington’s William “Sarge” Farris.
In addition to Kinchen, Team USA also advanced junior bantamweight (119-pound) Jessica Galvez of Sparks, Nev., and junior featherweight (125-pound) JaJaira Gonzalez of Glendora, Calif., both via walkovers as their Italian opponents failed to make weight.
One American was eliminated as youth flyweight (112-pound) Karina Sarabia of El Monte, Calif., lost 3-0 to England’s Crystal Louise Barker.
The Championships will be live streamed throughout the tournament at boxing.albena.bg and bgboxing.org. Preliminary round bouts will run through Wednesday, with junior competition taking place in the afternoon and the youth women boxing in the evening. The afternoon sessions are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. local time (7 a.m. EDT) and evening action will start at 7 p.m. local time (Noon EDT). All of the tournament participants will enjoy a rest day on Thursday, prior to semifinals on Friday and the event finals on Saturday, September 28. The junior division championship bouts will begin at noon local time (5 a.m. EDT) and the youth final round contests will take place at 4 p.m. local time (9 a.m. EDT).
Read more at Mark Maloney on Kentucky sports