(MOBILE, ALA.) – Several outstanding performances highlighted the afternoon session on Monday afternoon at the Mobile Civic Center in Mobile, Ala. The light welterweight and middleweight divisions both saw upsets while the heavyweight class featured a bout nearly a year in the making. A new young face announced his arrival on the scene with a convincing upset over a two-time national champion.
Both light welterweight winners bracket contests went down to the wire with two of the top four boxers from the recent USA Boxing National Championships dropping razor close decisions. 2010 National Champion Pedro Sosa (Bronx, N.Y.) overcame a first round eight count to win a 20-18 decision over 2011 USA Boxing National Champion Semajay Thomas (Chicago, Ill.) and move on to the winners bracket finals. Sosa could have faced a third showdown with 2011 National Golden Gloves champion Michael Reed (Waldorf, Md.), but 2011 Armed Forces champion Jamel Herring (Camp Lejeune, N.C./Coram, N.Y.) thwarted that plan. Herring won a 19-18 decision over Reed to join Sosa in the winners bracket championship bout on Wednesday.
In middleweight action, Antoine Douglas (Burke, Va.) recorded his second straight impressive victory in his bout with 2010 National Champion Luis Arias (Milwaukee, Wis.). Douglas threw heavy shots from bell to bell, recording a 27-12 win over Arias to punch his ticket for the winners bracket final. One half of the first-ever brother sister duo to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Boxing, Douglas will face Jesse Hart (Philadelphia, Pa.) on Wednesday. Hart claimed a 20-8 victory over D’Mitrius Ballard (Temple Hills, Md.) to advance.
The highly anticipated heavyweight showdown between 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials super heavyweight champion Michael Hunter (Las Vegas, Nev.) and 2010 USA Boxing Athlete of the Year Steve Geffrard (Boca Raton, Fla.) finally took place on Monday afternoon. The two felt each other out in the first with the opening round ending in a 4-4 tie, but Hunter took control in the second. He moved out to a 14-9 lead after the second round and extended his advantage in the third to win a 19-12 final decision. Hunter will face two-time national champion Jordan Shimmell (Hudsonville, Mich.) in the winners bracket final on Wednesday.
Three-time national champion Louie Byrd (Denver, Colo.) moved on to the winners bracket final as well, where he will battle Last Chance Qualifier titlist Eros Correa (San Jose Calif.). In the bantamweight division, two-time national champion Joseph Diaz, Jr. (El Monte, Calif.) moved on with a 14-10 win over Luis Feliciano (Milwaukee, Wis.). Diaz and O’Shanique Foster (Orange, Texas) will face off in the winners bracket championship bout.
Monday Afternoon Results
108 lbs/challengers bracket: David Carlton, Cincinnati, Ohio, dec. Norberto Torres, Orlando, Fla., 20-18
108 lbs/challengers bracket: Santos Vasquez, Sparks, Nev., dec. Michael Benedosso, Fort Carson, Colo., 31-16
108 lbs/winners bracket: Erros Correa, San Jose, Calif., dec. Marco Rangel, Scottsdale, Ariz.., 18-6
108 lbs/winners bracket: Louie Byrd, Denver, Colo., dec. Gregory Outlaw, Glendarden, Md., 21-12
123 lbs/challengers bracket: Joe Perez, Fountain, Colo., dec. Isaac Torres, Mission, Texas, 16-11
123 lbs/challengers bracket: Joet Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif., dec. Antonio Nieves, Cleveland, Ohio, 17-13
123 lbs/winners bracket: Joseph Diaz Jr., El Monte, Calif., dec. Luis Feliciano, Milwaukee, Wis., 14-10
123 lbs/winners bracket: O'Shanique Foster, Orange, Texas, dec. Tramaine Williams, New Haven, Conn., 19-17
141 lbs/challengers bracket: George Rincon, Carrollton, Texas, wins on disqualification over Gary Allen Russell III, Capitol Heights, Md., DQ
141 lbs/challengers bracket: Duran Caferro, Helena, Mont., dec. Thomas Duquette, Waltham, Mass., 21-20
141 lbs/winners bracket: Pedro Sosa, Bronx, N.Y., dec. Semajay Thomas, Chicago, Ill., 20-18
141 lbs/winners bracket: Jamel Herring, Camp Lejeune, N.C./Coram. N.Y., dec. Michael Reed, Waldorf, Md., 19-18
165 lbs/challengers bracket: Chris Pearson, Trotwood, Ohio, dec. Martez Jackson, Valdosta, Ga., 15-11
165 lbs/challengers bracket: Edgar Alvarado Jr., San Bernadino, Calif., dec. Demarius Russell, Camp Lejeune, N.C., 17-14
165 lbs/winners bracket: Jesse Hart, Philadelphia, Pa., dec. D'Mitrius Ballard, Temple Hills, Md., 20-8
165 lbs/winners bracket: Antoine Douglas, Burke, Va., dec. Luis Arias, Milwaukee, Wis., 27-12
201 lbs/challengers bracket: Robert Jekabson, Chicago, Ill., stopped Charles Blackwell, Tucson, Ariz., RCS-1 (2:30)
201 lbs/challengers bracket: Andrew Tabiti, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. James Shorter, Elkhart, Ind., 16-14
201 lbs/winners bracket: Michael Hunter, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Steve Geffrard, Boca Raton, Fla., 19-12
201 lbs/winners bracket: Jordan Shimmell, Hudsonville, Mich., dec. Joseph Williams, Bronx, N.Y., 12-10
“I felt it was a good fight, Luis Feliciano is a very good fighter. I came to win and I got the victory thank God. I kept the pressure on him he was beginning to fatigue as the fight kept going.”
“To keep winning, I have to stay focused, stay humble, and keep praying to God.”
“Being calm while being aggressive at times, throwing combinations and power punches allowed me to win. It was a competitive fight. He was in there throwing a lot of punches.”
“I would grade my performance a B+. I can do way better. This was my first, first round I got a walk over.”
“In order to improve, I can throw more combinations and not stay on the ropes so long.”
“I think I made a statement today. In amateur boxing, stoppages are rare.”
“It felt really good to get an early stoppage because I had a lot of pressure to win. If I lost, I would have been out of the tournament.”
“It felt really good to get back to winning. I felt really off in yesterday’s loss, but today was real good and I know I’ll be even better tomorrow.”
“I had him hurt and I didn’t go crazy, but I picked my shots and the next thing I knew he was down.”
“I was able to win so convincingly because I was up every round. It came down to conditioning; the hardest part about boxing is training.”
“In order to continue to prepare for the rest of the winners bracket, I have to try to execute the game plan.”
“I feel like it’s my time, hard work pays off.”