(KANSAS CITY, MO)-The semifinals were contested today during the Under 19 National Championships at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Mo., with bronze medals being awarded to those boxers failing to advance. The winners of tomorrow's finals will travel to Guadalajara, Mexico to compete in the Under 19 Worlds.
The first light flyweight bout of the competition pitted Oscar Cantu (Kingsville, Texas) against Thomas Huitt-Johnson (St. Joseph, Md.). Cantu came prepared and had a big first round, scoring seven points and holding Huitt-Johnson scoreless. Huitt-Johnson managed only one point in the third which was no match against Cantu who doubled his score, making it 14-1. Cantu went on to win 16-3.
Johnny Determan (Omaha, Neb.) met Adam Lopez (San Antonio, Texas) in the only flyweight bout of the day. The bout was evenly matched and no points were scored in the first round. Lopez had a slight, 3-2 lead at the end of two and he increased his lead to 6-3 by the end of the third. Lopez scored another six in the fourth round and was victorious by a score of 12-5.
Light welterweights Jonathan Escoto (Sunfish Lake, Minn.) and Jordan Jones (Garland, Texas) battled it out to see who would make it to tomorrow's finals. It was another close bout with Jones winning 2-1 after one, but Escoto came back in the second and took a 5-2 lead. Escoto increased his lead to a five-point margin going into the fourth, and went on to win 9-5.
Heavyweights Hasim Rahman (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Justin Lynch (Albermade, N.C.) battled it out in the ring during one of the last bouts of the afternoon. Rahman dominated the first round and led 8-0 going into the second. At the conclusion of round two, Rahman outscored Lynch and recorded the victory.
In the super heavyweight division, it was Joey Montoya (Colorado Springs, Colo.) versus Justin Novaria (Zanesville, Ohio). Novaria scored only one point to Montoya's seven in the first round and in the second, Montoya increased his lead to 12-3. He went on to stop Novaria one minute 29 seconds into the third round.The Under 19 National Championship finals will begin tomorrow at 11 a.m. CDT at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City, Mo.