Toledo amateur boxer Otha Jones III has been nominated along with three other amateur boxers to represent the United States at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
A Scott High School graduate, Jones will represent USA Boxing at the event, which will be from Oct. 6-18. Boxing competitions will be from Oct. 14-18. Jones will be joined by Heaven Garcia (El Monte, Calif.), Roma Martinez (Humble, Texas), and Harley Mederos (New York City) as part of Team USA’s delegation.
Jones will travel in July to Colorado Springs, Colo., with the rest of the team to train for the event. Along with Mederos, Jones will fight in the 2018 Youth World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, in August ahead of the Youth Olympics.
With Jones set to compete in the Youth Olympics, he has a chance to win his third international medal of the year.
Jones, a light welterweight, won gold at the 2018 Youth Continental Championships. He also won silver in April at the Emil Jechev Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria. Jones also is a 2017 USA Boxing Youth national champion, and he was on the 2015 Junior World Championships team.
Jones’ family owns Soul City Boxing at 801 Junction Ave., and his sister, Oshae Jones, is an amateur boxer and U.S. youth national champion as well.
“Not only is it an honor to represent Team USA in a huge tournament such as the Youth Olympics, I am pleased to represent my family as well,” he said. “I grew up in the boxing gym. My family owns a gym, Soul City Gym, and all my brothers and sisters were brought up in the gym to show kids a better way to live than violence, and making it this far will help me show that even more.”