3 US National Champions Win Bouts
HOUSTON (AP) _ Bantamweight Clarence Vinson was one of three U.S. national champions to win first round bouts in Saturday afternoon’s session of the World Amateur Boxing Championships.
Welterweight Larry Mosley and light flyweight Brian Viloria also advanced with victories at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Vinson, a three-time U.S. champion from Marquette, Mich., defeated Artus Mikaelian of Greece 4-2. His next opponent is Ukranian Gennadiy Ozarnsky, who beat Mongolia’s Tseyen-Oidov Davaatseren 6-5 on Monday.
Two-time U.S. champion and Goodwill Games silver medalist Mosley beat Israel’s Yori Foreman 8-3. The Los Angeles fighter will fight Cuba’s Juan Hernandez Sunday. Hernandez stopped Slovak Gerejchanov Velichan on a disqualification for holding.
The Hawaiian-born Viloria, who is known as ``The Hawaiian Punch,″ defeated England’s Gary Jones 13-3 and will now face Rudolf Dydi of the Slovak Republic Sunday.
Anthony Hanshaw of Mansfield, Ohio was the only American to be eliminated Saturday afternoon when the light middleweight lost 5-4 to Finland’s Jani Rauhala.
Entering the evening session, U.S. fighters had won four of their six bouts.
Cuba and Russia are expected to battle for the team crown. Russia won the last World Team Championships in 1997.