Eyes On The USA
The United States represented on the international stage once again as eight athletes went to the South American Championships in Colombia. The team of six men and two females were able to snatch several medals, opening eyes around the world.
Coached by the experienced trainers of Rami Ibrahim and Ricardo Perez, the team was assisted by Jessie Magusen and USMF (United States Muay Thai Federation) vice president Marcy Maxwell.
The president of the USMF, Michael Chase Corley kept a close watch from afar over the team. “Reports from coaches and staff said it was the best team to work with in the last couple years,” Corley said. “They did well! It’s a good gauge to see if they are ready for the world championships.”
Gold hung around Florida Kickboxing Academy’s Coral Carnicella neck once again. The Muay Thai Addict sponsored athlete has been an emerging talent in the United States and internationally.
Carnicella participated in the 2019 USMF team for the World Championships in Bangkok. Fighting in the A-Class division, Carnicella took a win over Thailand’s Chommanee Sor Taehiran in the semi-finals. The win was a big accomplishment for young Carnicella as Chommanee is an international level fighter with outstanding bouts on Glory and other venues.
Fighting internationally, especially on the USMF teams, means working with new coaches and staff. It can be difficult for some fighters to adjust. This trip had Carnicella go without her coach, Asa Ten Pow, to the games. Ten Pow, one of America’s best strikers, was busy prepping for Glory Collision 2 in the Netherlands.
“There were a few things I had to overcome for the Championships, like fighting without my coach. I was more nervous. He’s my rock when it comes to fighting,” she said. “It was hard getting into the ring.”
Neverthless, Carnicella got into the ring and handled business. Originally planning on fighting several times in the tournament, some of the fighters in the bracket dropped out. Originally a flushed out bracket, this event saw only Mexico and the United States in Carnicella’s weight class.
“It was good but it wasn’t my best performance. I feel I dominated the fight,” The Muay Thai Addict sponsored athlete said. “She was really good in the clinch though.”
Getting these bouts is important, especially for a fighter in the early days of their careers.
“The Pan American Championship is significant in that it keeps top amateurs and professionals busy in the USA,” Corley said. “A lot of these athletes are hard to get matches for in the USA.”
Fighters need to fight. Participation in international teams gets eyes on the athletes which can lead to necessary matchups for fighters.
“Hopefully this opens the eyes for promotions for the pros,” Carnicella said. “All these tournaments and me winning them boosts my image. People see me and know me.”
Carnicella, along with the rest of the USMF team, has been making major headway for the United States. Eyes are upon North America and it’s rising position on the world stage.
South American Championship 2019 Roster
Jalil Barnes 60kg
Phillip Ignacio 67kg
Ryan Fathi 75kg
Ahmad Ibrahim 57kg
Kevin Rhodes 54kg
Brandon Kurosawa 63.5kg
Yasmeen Salhani 48kg
Coral Carnicella 54kg
Rami Ibrahim - Head Coach
Ricardo Perez - Head Coach
Asistant Coach - Jesse Magusen
USMF Vice President - Marcy Maxwell