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Bulldog trio win national boxing titles

BALDWIN PARK, Calif.

-- Three Bulldog Boxing Club members took home national titles Saturday at the Blue and Gold National Invitational.

Facing boxers from throughout the United States and Canada, Troy Wohosky, Ricky Gallegos and Mike Wilson each earned national championships at the Blue and Gold Tournament.

Wohosky defeated Rudolph Ramirez of Phoenix, Ariz., in the age 13-14, 112-pound division. Using speed and quickness to out box the much taller Ramirez, Wohosky claimed his first national title.

Gallegos decisioned hometown favorite, Steven Martinez of La Puente, Calif., in the age 15-16, 132-pound division. Gallegos used a jab early to keep Martinez off balance and take the crowd out of the fight.

Wilson took home his third national championship with a first round knockout of Michael Otero of Pomona, Calif., in the age 15-16, 201-plus division final.

Along with the three individual champions, the Bulldog Boxing Club captured the team trophy.

The Bulldogs may add a fourth national title today when Sam Sleezer takes on Wayne Jackson of British Columbia in today's senior, 201-plus final.

Narrowly missing out on making it to the finals for the Bulldogs were Lionel Leon, losing a questionable decision, and Salvador Regalado, coming up short in his upset bid of Ray Martinez.

Despite controlling the match, Leon lost a 2-1 decision to Richard Preciado of Glendale, Ariz., in their senior, 119-pound semifinal.

Facing the fourth-ranked boxer in the nation, Regalado fared well but dropped a close decision in a senior, 125-pound semifinal against Martinez.