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Bulldogs' Wilson to fight for J.O. national championship

MARQUETTE, Mich. -- Mike Wilson of Medford's Bulldog Boxing Club advanced to the finals in the super heavyweight division with another dominating performance Thursday at the National Junior Olympic Boxing Championships.

The tournament is being held on the campus of Northern Michigan University.

Wilson, who lost in the finals last year, registered a unanimous, 5-0 semifinal decision over Mafi Williams of East Orange, N.J. in the three-round bout.

The Bulldogs' other semifinalist, Ricky Gallegos, lost a 3-2 decision to Keith Mason of Columbus, Ohio in the 132-pound division.

The second-ranked Wilson also posted a 5-0 victory in the quarterfinals Wednesday. He has a 21-3 record.

The referee gave Williams a standing eight count midway through the second round when Wilson landed a straight right hand to the head.

Mike showed superior boxing skills, Bulldog trainer Jim Pedrojetti said. He just picked the guy apart with his speed and combinations.

Wilson will go for the 201-plus-pound title either today or Saturday against Zaranton Bowles of North Augusta, S.C. The day of the bout will be determined at this morning's weigh in.

Pedrojetti said Bowles is shorter and slower than the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Wilson.

Gallegos also gave a good showing despite losing, said Pedrojetti.

It was a real tight fight for the first two rounds, said the trainer. In the third round, Mason got a point taken away for having his head too low. We thought we won the fight right there.

Mason was a bronze medalist in last year's tournament.