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Bulldog Boxing Club wins eight titles

Eight Bulldog Boxing Club fighters qualified for regionals on Saturday at the Oregon State Silver Gloves Boxing Tournament.

The advancement tournament for 10-to-15-year-old boxers was at Medford's DoubleTree Hotel.

Bulldog fighters Troy Wohoski, Daniel Boone Wyatt, Clancy Finchum, Pancho Esqueda, Ricky Gallegos, Homero Gonzalez and Mike Wilson all won their bouts to move on to the regional tournament, Friday and Saturday in Great Falls, Mont.

Winners at the regional tournament advance to the national tournament in Kansas in February.

We've spent the entire year trying to get to this position, said Bulldog spokesman Joe Pedrojetti. Now the kids are getting to the point where they can advance and compete at the national level. I feel they all have a good chance to advance to nationals.

Wyatt, who was named the tournament's outstanding junior fighter, decisioned West Eugene Boxing Club member Jason Johnson in the 12-year-old, 85-pound division. The win improved Wyatt's record to 12-0.

Wohoski won the 12-year-old, 90-pound class in a walkover, but beat West Eugene's Ronnie Ellis in a match bout. Ellis advanced to regionals in the 80-pound division.

One of the best bouts of the night came in the 15-year-old, 119-pound division, where Esqueda decisioned fellow Bulldog fighter Salvador Regalado in a match-bout. Regalado couldn't advance to regionals because he is 16-years-old.

Gonzalez, who was named the outstanding senior fighter of the tournament, ran his record to 9-2 with eight knockouts after recording a second-round TKO over John Merritt of the Tillamook Boxing Club in the 14-year-old, 139-pound division.

Finchum (14, 110-pounds), Gallegos (14, 132-pounds), Jackson (15, 165-pounds) and Wilson (14, super-heavyweight) all won in walkovers, though Wilson decisioned 16-year-old Bulldog boxer Brian Kell-Dell in a match-bout.

It was a great showing, said Pedrojetti. The only two matches we lost were against ourselves and those were great matches.

In the final fight of the night, State USA heavyweight champion Sam Sleezer earned a second-round TKO over Tyrone Porter of West Eugene in an exhibition bout.

The evening was also highlighted by the appearance of Jimmy Lennon Jr., who was the announcer at the second Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas.