12 Boxers Are One Step Closer to Under 19 Worlds(KANSAS CITY, MO)-Twelve bouts in five different weight classes took place today during the Under 19 National Championships at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Mo. The competition was fierce but 12 boxers managed to record wins in the quarterfinals.
Olympic Team Trial-Boxing participant Ronnie Rios (Santa Ana, Calif.) took to the ring for his first bout of the competition against Raeese Aleem (Muskegon, Mich.). The featherweights came out punching and at the end of one, Rios led by two. He exploded in the second round, registering six points making the score 11-3. Rios held Aleem scoreless in the third and went on to win 18-5.
Lightweights Arlo Argueta (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Manuel Lopez (Denver, Colo.) met in the fourth bout of the day. Argueta took a 5-3 lead after one and scored seven points in the second to make the score 12-8. There was little action in the third with each boxer scoring only one point and although Lopez scored five in the fourth round, Argueta matched it and went on to win 18-14.
While his brother is in Beijing preparing for the Olympics, light welterweights Gary Russell III (Capitol Heights, Md.) boxed Emanuel Taylor (Edgewood, Md.) in what proved to be the most exciting bout of the day. Russell took a quick 5-1 lead after one. Each boxer scored three in the second, making the score 8-4. The crowd really got into it in the third round and their support helped Taylor cut Russell's lead to three. The punches flew in the fourth round and Russell came out victorious by a score of 17-14.
Competition between welterweights Daniel Thomas (Concord, Calif.) and Dejan Rutesic (Oklahoma City, Oak.) was tight with Rutesic gaining a slight, 2-1 edge at the end of one. Thomas came back in the second to tie the score at three and the two remained tied at the end of the third. Thomas left nothing behind in the fourth round and managed to win 9-7.
The final bout of the day pitted middleweights Marcus Browne (Staten Island, N.Y.) against Damazo Tello (Houston, Texas). The bout got off to a quick start with Browne dominating. Tello received two eight counts before retiring one minute 58 seconds into the first round.The semifinals will be contested tomorrow beginning at 11 a.m. CDT at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Mo.