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Bulldog boxers fare well in Golden Gloves tournament

TACOMA, Wash. - The Medford-based Bulldog Boxing Club proved itself a Pacific Northwest power Friday and Saturday in the 54th Annual Tacoma Golden Gloves competition.

Three of the four Bulldog fighters taking part emerged with championships and the fourth finished a controversial second at the University of Puget Sound.

Salvador Regalado, 18 years old, won a decision over Eddie Souvannasoth of Seattle in the 125-pound title bout to improve to 21-16 overall. The Golden Gloves title is Regalado's fifth overall - two in Washington and three in Oregon.

"We call him Mr. Golden Gloves," said trainer Joe Pedrojetti, who added that Regalado recently received his U.S. citizenship.

In the 147-pound championship, Bulldog's Enrique Gallegos claimed a decision over Tim Scache of Seattle for his 50th career victory and 10th straight. Gallegos' last defeat was at the 2001 Tacoma Golden Gloves competition.

Among super heavyweights, who are 201 pounds or more, Mike Wilson fought his way to a third crown for Bulldog Boxing, taking a decision over Brian Torzewski of Tacoma. Wilson is now 49-13.

The final Bulldog fighter, Lorenzo Rios, Jr., dropped a 3-2 decision to Cordell Barbour of Tacoma, who was named the outstanding fighter at last year's Tacoma Golden Gloves event. Rios, in his first action since graduating to the senior ranks, outfought the heavily favored Barbour, according to Pedrojetti.

"The crowd booed for five minutes even though the guy was from Tacoma," said Pedrojetti, who estimated more than 2,000 fans were in attendance. "I thought we had a fourth title."

The event served as a tune-up for the upcoming USA regionals in Caldwell, Idaho, where Regalado, Gallegos, Wilson and Rios will be joined by fellow Bulldog fighters Fransua Moncada (112 pounds) and Lionel Leon (119).