3 Ohio boxers into quarterfinals, seeking Olympic gold

Three boxers from Ohio have made it to the quarterfinals and are aiming for Olympic glory in their respective disciplines. Duke Ragan from Cincinnati, Oshae Jones from Toledo and Delante Johnson from Cleveland all fight for Team USA. All of them made it to the quarterfinals of their respective events: Ragan, men in featherweight; Jones, women’s welterweight; and Johnson, welterweight men. Everyone fights for their chance of a round of medals on Friday or Saturday. DUKE RAGAN: Men’s Featherweight Will fight Ireland’s Kurt Walker in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 10:30 pm and said their dreams will come true, ”Ragan said. “I told her I was going to the Olympics and she just burst into tears.” Ragan has rocked, trained and won for years and is now cracking his ticket to the Olympics by earning a place on Team USA did call and say i am qualified and it is like a dream come true. That’s all I’ve ever wanted, my goal has always been to go to the Olympics, especially to win gold, “said Ragan. The goal is to win gold, but his motivation is much greater. Duke has trained with his family in Cincinnati before traveling to Tokyo for the 2020 Games, where he is ready to represent them and his hometown on the biggest stage, being number 1 and representing my country and of course being from Cincinnati, Ohio , is a great motivation for me because I know that a lot of people want to be there, “he said. “A lot of guys don’t really get their talent from Cincinnati, so I just want to compete for these guys and give them motivation and hope.” Friday in the quarter-finals Oshae Jones, originally from Toledo, is already a winner and is taking part in her first Olympic Games as part of the US women’s boxing team. She is now just a few fights away from standing on that top step with a gold medal around her neck. For her, this ascent began when she was young. “It was my first day but of course I beat them in one shot, that was all I knew,” said Jones. Jones never knew her reputation was in the ring until her father told her one day at the gym to “wrap up”. “He showed me how to contract. He showed me how to put the wraps on my ankles for them. Then he made me save a girl! And she’s been there for about two years, ”said Jones. Jones was a natural from the start. Five years later, her career began to climb the ranks and organizations. “My first year, that was 2016-17, my first elite year, I went to the Nationals. So they say if I do this three more times before the Olympics, then I can go. So I was just like, ‘Oh why not’ you know I’m already winning, why not really, you know, do my best, ”Jones said. Jones says growing up it wasn’t hard for her to avoid trouble, but it was always around. Her experiences in the ring will enable her to change what is happening outside the ring. “I’m just not happy with the lifestyle I have right now. When I see what’s around me or the gangbangs and the drugs, I just want a better life for myself and my family, that’s motivation, ”Jones said finally in Tokyo a year later than planned. It’s an opportunity she wants to take full advantage of. “I think you have invested your mind, your heart, your soul, your body in everything you have. You can do it. You never know what’s going to happen. So, I just want to tell everyone that they are moving on. Never give up and chase your dream, ”said Jones. Jones qualified as the best American in her weight class with 69 kilograms. She looks forward to hopefully bringing a gold medal back to Ohio. After winning his second straight split decision, this time against Ablaikhan Zhussupov Kazakhstan, Johnson has reached the quarter-finals where he will face 2012 gold medalist Roniel Iglesias. I have the feeling that everyone needs that. Big greetings to Cleveland. ”

Three boxers from Ohio have made it to the quarterfinals and are aiming for Olympic glory in their respective disciplines.

Duke Ragan from Cincinnati, Oshae Jones from Toledo and Delante Johnson from Cleveland all fight for Team USA.

All of them made it to the quarterfinals of their respective events: Ragan, men in featherweight; Jones, women’s welterweight; and Johnson, welterweight men.

Everyone fights for their chance of a round of medals on Friday or Saturday.

DUKE RAGAN: featherweight for men

Will fight Ireland’s Kurt Walker in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 10:30 p.m.

Ragan, who grew up in the West End before graduating from Western Hills High School in 2015, has struggled for that moment all his life.

“I gave FaceTime to my mom and said her dreams were coming true,” Ragan said. “I told her I was going to the Olympics and she just burst into tears.”

Ragan has swung, trained and won for years and is now cracking his ticket to the Olympics by earning a spot on Team USA.

“I got the call that I qualified and it’s like a dream come true. That’s all I’ve ever wanted, my goal has always been to go to the Olympics, especially to win gold, “Ragan said.

The goal is to win gold, but his motivation is much greater.

Duke has trained with his family in Cincinnati before heading to Tokyo for the 2020 Games, where he is ready to represent them and his hometown on the biggest stage.

“There are a lot of boxers in the world, including me, to be the great guy on the US team and to be No. 1 and to represent my country and of course from Cincinnati, Ohio. A lot of people want them to be there “he said.” A lot of guys don’t really get their talent from Cincinnati, so I just want to stand up for these guys and give them motivation and hope. “

OSHAE JONES: women’s welterweight

Will fight Maria Altagracia Moronta Hernandez of the Dominican Republic in the quarter-finals on Friday at 5:03 am

Oshae Jones, originally from Toledo, is already a winner and is taking part in her first Olympic Games as part of the US women’s boxing team.

She is now just a few fights away from standing on that top step with a gold medal around her neck. For them, this ascent began at a young age.

“It was my first day but of course I hit her with one push, that was all I knew,” said Jones.

Jones never knew her calling was in the ring until one day at the gym her father told her to “wrap up”.

“He showed me how to wrap up. He showed me how to put the wraps on my ankles for them. Then he made me save a girl! And she’s been there for two years, ”said Jones.

Jones was a natural. Five years later, her career began climbing the ranks and organizations.

“My first year, that was 2016-17, my first elite year, I went to the Nationals. So they say if I do this three more times before the Olympics, then I can go. So I was just like, ‘Oh why not’ you know I’m already winning, why not really try my best, ”said Jones.

Jones says growing up it wasn’t hard for her to avoid trouble, but it was always around. Her experiences in the ring will enable her to change what is going on outside the ring.

“I’m just not happy with the lifestyle I have right now. When I see what’s around me, or the gangbang and the drugs, I just want a better life for myself and my family, that’s the motivation, ”said Jones.

Now with full days of weights, stamina and sparring during the training camp, she is finally in Tokyo a year later than planned. It’s an opportunity she wants to take full advantage of.

“I think you have invested your mind, your heart, your soul, your body all in what you have. You can do it. You never know what’s going to happen. So, I just want to tell everyone that they are moving on. Never give up and follow your dream, ”said Jones.

Jones qualified as the best American in her weight class with 69 kilograms. She looks forward to hopefully bringing a gold medal back to Ohio.

DELANTE JOHNSON: Welterweight men

Will fight Cuba’s Roniel Iglesias in the quarter-finals on Friday at 5:36 am

Originally from Cleveland, Delante Johnson is now out on a date with an Olympic gold medalist.

After his second split decision in a row, this time against Ablaikhan Zhussupov Kazakhstan, Johnson has reached the quarterfinals where he will face 2012 gold medalist Roniel Iglesias

Johnson, 22, told our partners at WKYC in Cleveland, “I definitely appreciate everyone who supports me. I have the feeling that everyone needs that. Big compliments to Cleveland. “

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