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Wyatt knocks out foe in tournament bout

BLACKFOOT, Idaho - Boone Wyatt's lethal left hook struck again Saturday night.

Wyatt, a 16-year-old Eagle Point High junior who fights for the Medford-based Bulldog Boxing Club, knocked out Houston Galloway of Lincoln Creek, Idaho, about a minute into the first round of a tournament bout.

Wyatt had already claimed the 147-pound Junior Olympics regional title on Friday night, also via a first-round knockout.

The victory over the 156-pound Galloway pushes Wyatt's record to 38-7, including 3-0 since returning to the ring after a two-year absence.

Bulldog trainer Jim Pedrojetti said Saturday night's performance was a stunning one.

"It was unreal," Pedrojetti said. "You don't see that in amateur boxing because they have the big 10- or 12-ounce gloves and headgear. He still hammered the guy.

"(Galloway) went face down, and the whole place went quiet. It was kind of scary, but he was all right. ... It was just 'boom!'"

Another Bulldog fighter, 125-pound Jose Cabrera, came up short in his bid to gather a regional championship.

Eloy Perez of Seattle earned a 4-1 split decision to down Cabrera.

Wyatt's weight-class title earns him a trip to Marquette, Mich., for the Junior Olympics national finals from June 17-22.