Two well-decorated Beltway amateurs will be competing in international bouts in parts of what was once known as the Soviet Union beginning next week.
DC flyweight Malik Jackson will be a member of the US Team that will be in Almaty, Kazakhstan for the 2013 AIBA Elite Men's World Championships that will begin on Monday, October 14. This event will be contested under the new AIBA rules. The boxers will compete without headgear and the scoring will be under the 10-point must system.
Baltimore middleweight Franchon Crews will be in nearby St. Petersburg, Russia as part of the US squad that will be participating in the SportAccord World Combat Games which will get underway on Friday, October 18. Crews will be part of an eight-member co-ed US team and Crews, along with her female teammates, Olympians Marlen Esparza and Queen Underwood, will possess the bulk of international experience on the team.
The World Combat Games are an interesting concept. There will will be a total of 15 martial and combat sports represented at the event that is slated to bring in more than 1300 athletes from around the world.