Gary Salazar and Maliek Montgomery Advance to Quarters at Youth Worlds
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Bantamweight Gary Salazar (Fresno, Calif.) and lightweight Maliek Montgomery (Macon, Ga.) have advanced to quarterfinal action at the 2012 Youth World Championships in Yerevan, Armenia. Both boxers claimed wins in third round action on Monday to move on while light heavyweight Anthony Sims, Jr. (Ypsilanti, Mich.) lost his Monday contest to a home nation boxer.
Montgomery recorded the third straight first round stoppage victory for the United States on Sunday with a quick win over Croatia’s Luka Mazar in Yerevan, Armenia. Montgomery stopped Mazar at the 1:52 mark of the opening round in his second bout of the tournament and move on to Monday’s action. His first round victory was the third straight stoppage for the U.S. team with Sims taking an opening round knockout on a body shot and Salazar winning his second bout on first round stoppage as well. Yet his winning streak didn’t end over the weekend. He followed up the quick win with a decision over Japan’s Yuta Akiyama on Monday to earn a berth in quarterfinal round competition. Montgomery and Akiyama battled in a close first round with the American boxer taking a slim 6-5 lead after the first round. He doubled his lead in the second stanza to enter the final round with a 13-11 advantage and went on to win an 18-14 final decision. Montgomery will take on France’s Sofia Oumiha in quarterfinal competition on Tuesday.
Salazar continued the stoppage streak with a third round win over Iraq’s Kamar Aal-Ezirej in the first U.S. bout of Monday’s action. Once again, Salazar got off to a quick start in his bout in Yerevan and he was rewarded with an 8-2 advantage after one round. He moved out to a 14-4 lead after the second round and put an end to the contest at 1:05 mark in the final stanza, taking a third round stoppage win over Aal-Ezirej. Salazar’s third victory of the Youth World Championships moved on him to quarterfinal round action where he will face former Junior World Championships bronze medalist Magomedrashid Dzhabrailov of Russia.
Sims fell behind early in his match-up with Armenia’s Nikol Arutyunov in the final U.S. contest of Monday’s competition. Arutyunov held a 2-0 lead after the first round and blew the bout open in the second, taking a 9-2 advantage into the final stanza. Sims lost a 13-4 decision to Arutyunov, eliminating him from the 2012 Youth World Championships.
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Monday, December 3
123 lbs: Gary Salazar, Fresno, Calif./USA stopped Kamar Aal-Ezirej, IRQ, RSC-3
132 lbs: Maliek Montgomery, Macon, Ga./USA dec. Yuta Akiyama, JPN, 18-14
178 lbs: Nikol Arutyunov, ARM, dec. Anthony Sims, Jr., Ypsilanti, Mich./USA, 13-4