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Wilson rolls to ring title

GULLFPORT, Miss. — Mike Wilson of Medford's Bulldog Boxing Club was untouchable in the U.S. under-19 National Championships Friday and Saturday.

Wilson, 17, registered his fourth career national championship and improved his record to 37-8 when he stopped Tyler Hinkey of McDermitt, Nev., in the third round of the four-round title bout in the 201-plus-pound division.

It was total domination, said Bulldog trainer Jim Pedrojetti. He kept the pressure on the whole time with a lot of combinations. It wasn't one big punch. He used his speed and angles.

Wilson, who defeated Hinkey twice before, was leading 28-2 before the bout was stopped early in the third round. Hinkey landed only two punches in the fight.

Mike has very good movement, said Pedrojetti. He doesn't usually take too many punches. He's always putting the pressure on the other guy.

Wilson's strategy was basic.

I just tried to out-box him, said Wilson. I wanted to move a lot. I wanted to stay busy. These other guys can't keep us with that type of pace.

Wilson was equally as impressive in stopping Jeffrey Dean in his only other bout.

— winning the national championship, the Central Point heavyweight will represent the United States in the U-19 World Championships in November at Budapest, Hungary.

Wilson will also compete at Tacoma, Wash., Aug. 15 in a dual match against Puerto Rico.

Wilson has improved his skills by spending seven weeks this summer at the U.S. Olympic training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo.

He's gained a lot of confidence from fighting Olympians every day, said Pedrojetti. He felt real confident coming into this because he's been competing against the best amateurs in the country.