Eastern York grad Danyelle Wolf wins again, sets up showdown vs. reigning national champ
- Danyelle Wolf beat Sharahya Moreu in a 4-1 decision on Wednesday.
- Wolf will face No. 1 seed Oshae Jones on Friday.
- The tournament features a two-loss elimination format.
The wins keep rolling in for Danyelle Wolf.
Wolf, a 2002 Eastern York High School graduate, continued her winning streak in her return to boxing with a 4-1 decision victory over No. 2 seed Sharahya Moreu in the USA Boxing 2020 Olympic Team Trials on Wednesday night in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Her win in the 152-pound class against Moreu was the third-seeded Wolf’s first over a higher-ranked opponent in the tournament after she beat No. 6 seed Liz Flores in the first round.
Top seed Oshae Jones, the reigning three-time national champion, will face Wolf on Friday in the final battle between the final boxers without a loss in the tournament. Jones won via unanimous decision over Mary Spencer.
Wolf and Jones will meet Friday when the session begins at 1 p.m.
The tournament features a two-loss elimination format, so the loser of the showdown between the pair of three-time national champions will still have a chance to make the Olympic roster in another fight on Saturday.
The winner will have an opportunity to clinch the roster spot with a win on Sunday at 3 p.m. while the loser will need victories on Saturday, Sunday and Monday to punch their ticket.
Following a transition to mixed-martial art after her 152-pound weight class wasn’t added to the 2016 Olympics, Wolf is now 5-0 in her return to boxing.
To qualify for the Olympic Team Trials tournament, Wolf had to win three fights after training for just a month in March.
Ahead of her battle with Wolf, the 21-year-old Jones wasn’t lacking belief in herself after beating Spencer, who represented Team Canada in the 2012 Olympics, by unanimous decision.
“My confidence has been on (level) 10 since I won gold at the (2019 Pan Am Games),” Jones told teamusa.org. “I was skyrocketing. She didn’t intimidate me at all. She has been (to the Olympics) in the past, but I am the future. There’s really no comparison.”
Of course, Wolf isn't lacking for confidence either. In November, before the Olympic trials started, she said:
“That (U.S. Olympic) spot is mine. I have always dreamed for the Olympics to add my weight class. Now is my time, now is my opportunity. I am in the best shape of my life.”
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