(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Bantamweight Gary Salazar (Fresno, Calif.) and lightweight Maliek Montgomery (Macon, Ga.) both dropped their quarterfinal contests at the 2012 Youth World Championships, eliminating them from the tournament. Salazar and Montgomery were the final two American boxers in contention in Yerevan, Armenia.
Salazar battled Russian Junior World Championships bronze medalist Magomedrashid Dzahabrailov in his quarterfinal contest. The two were deadlocked at four after the first round but Dzahabrailov grabbed the momentum in the second period. Salazar trailed by an 11-7 margin with one round remaining and he attempted to make a comeback in the final stanza, and although he managed to cut his deficit in half, he couldn’t claim the lead. Dzahabrailov went on to win a 16-14 final decision over Salazar, ending his Youth World Championships winning streak at three.
Montgomery suffered a wider loss in his bout with France’s Sofiane Oumiha in evening action. The French boxer took control in the first round Montgomery wasn’t able to climb back into the bout. He trailed by a 12-3 margin after one round and faced a 19-5 deficit with three minutes of action remaining. Oumiha took a 25-7 final victory over Montgomery, ending his run at a medal in Armenia.
The 2012 Youth World Championships were the final major tournament of the year for USA Boxing. Coaches Christopher Barela (Las Cruces, N.M.), Michael Montgomery (Macon, Ga.), and Gilberto Salazar (Fresno, Calif.) led the team into action in Armenia with Dr. Robin Goodfellow (Albion, Mich.) serving as the Team Leader and Team Physician.
123 lbs: Magomedrashid Dzahabrailov, RUS, dec. Gary Salazar, Fresno, Calif./USA, 16-14
132 lbs: Sofiane Oumiha, FRA, dec. Maliek Montgomery, Macon, Ga./USA, 25-7