Fuchs and Johnson Grab Victories for Team USA on Day 1 of 2018 Strandja Tournament

FEB. 19, 2018, 3:14 P.M. (ET)

The first day of the 69th annual Strandja Tournament in Sophia, Bulgaria kicked off today with Team USA taking two victories.

Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) continued to show her dominance in the ring, taking a unanimous decision victory over Yahong Yu of China. She will return to action on Thursday against Romania’s Claudia Maria Nechita.

The second American victory came from Delante Johnson’s (Cleveland, Ohio) split decision win over Billi Liljeqvist of Sweden. Johnson will face Luis D Fernando Rodrigues of Brazil on Wednesday.

This year’s tournament has brought over 250 boxers from 32 different countries to Bulgaria. Head Coach Billy Walsh (Colorado Springs, Colo.) is leading the American delegation, with Marc Gargaro (Newton, Mass.), Joe Guzman (Fountain, Colo.) and Charles Leverrette (Fountain, Colo.) serving as assistant coaches.

USA Results

51 kg: Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas/USA, dec. over Yahong Yu/CHN, 5-0