Boxing

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,

6-3.

 

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

 

Subject to change

 

(3/21/11)