Providence Amateur Boxer Toka Kahn-Clary
Earns Spot on U.S. Boxing Team for Pan-Am Qualifier
PROVIDENCE (March 20, 2011) – U.S. Olympic Boxing Team hopeful Toka Kahn- Clary, an 18-year-old
senior at E3 Academy in Providence, won a close decision today (Sunday) against U.S. Marine Tommy
Rogue at the 2011 Pan American Games Box-Offs, held at the Olympic Training Center’s Sports Center in
Colorado Springs, Colorado.
By winning at the Pan American Box-Offs, Kahn-Clary earned a spot on the U.S. Team heading to the 2011
Pan Am International Games Qualifier 1, March 25-30, in Venezuela.
Kahn-Clary and Rogue, who is the U.S. Armed Forces Championship winner, fought to a 13-13 (25-25)
deadlock that went in Toka’s favor by way of a 3-2 judges’ poll. He had defeated Louis Cruz in the semifinals,
The Liberia-native who moved to Providence 12 years ago opened had already captured top honors in the
132-pound lightweight division this year at the at the New England Tournament of Champions at Foxwoods
Resort Casino (CT), New England Golden Gloves Tournament in Lowell (MA), and Northeast Regional
Championships at Lake Placid (NY).
Kahn-Clary’s coach, Peter Manfredo Sr., (Manfredo’s Gym in Pawtucket), has been named as a coach for
the New England squad competing in the National Golden Gloves Tournament, as well as the Region 1
team (New England, New York and New Jersey) at the U.S. Championships. “I’ll be seeing plenty of Toka,”
his proud trainer said. “This was a real tough fight. Toka was losing going into the third (final) round but he
hit him with some real nice one-twos. The other kid kept coming at him and Toka won it with his left. Toka
beat Rogue before in Newport when a team from New England fought the U.S. Marines boxing team. They
go all over boxing and the boxers are all in tremendous shape. This was a real big win for Toka.”
Last year, Kahn-Clary took gold in the 123-pound bantamweight class at the National Golden Gloves
Tournament. His career amateur record is 71-6 and he has qualified for The USA Boxing National
Championships, June 20-25, at Colorado Springs. The top four finishers will qualify for the U.S. Olympic
Team Trials to box for a spot on the squad competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Toka is aiming for a spot on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team, which will compete in London. Kahn-Clary would
become the third straight Olympic boxer from Rhode Island, joining Jason Estrada and Demetrius Andrade
from the 2004 and 2008 squads, respectively.
- Press Release from Full Court Press
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