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Wilson wins second under

-19 national title

FORT WORTH, Texas - Medford Bulldog Boxing Club's Mike Wilson claimed his second superheavyweight, 19-under national title Saturday at the National Championships.

It was Wilson's fifth national title - he also won three junior titles - since the birth of his boxing career.

After cruising to a 19-3 win over William Terry of Gary, Ind., in the semifinals on Friday, Wilson found himself in a dogfight during the title bout.

The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder ran into a smaller opponent in the 205-pound Tyrone Easter of Hot Springs, Ark.

The two fighters were even at 1-1 after the first round but Wilson fell behind 4-3 after Round 2 before scrapping back into a 4-4 tie heading into the fourth and final round.

The final 30 seconds proved decisive as Wilson backed the smaller opponent into a corner and landed a barrage of punches to claim the 7-5 victory.

"The first fight (semifinal), the guy was big and strong and that is more suited for Mike's style," said Bulldog trainer Jim Pedrojetti. "This guy was smaller and fought a more tactical fight. He was moving a lot and staying low."

"He's the premier fighter in the tournament," added Bulldog coach Joe Pedrojetti of Wilson, an Olympic alternate in 2000.

Wilson's next action in the ring comes next weekend when he travels to Kansas with teammates Javier Torres and Ricky Gallego for the Ringside National Championships.