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US Boxers Train for Goodwill Games

June 16, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Light middleweight Darnell Wilson and heavyweight DaVarryl Williamson, alternates on the 1996 U.S. Olympic boxing team, will lead the American team in next month’s Goodwill Games.

The 24-man U.S. team, including 12 alternates, was announced Tuesday based on selections following the U.S. Challenge in Colorado Springs, Colo.

``We expect to have success,″ said Joe Zanders, one of four coaches for the American team. ``We expect some people to win gold. USA Boxing is not in the business of meeting minimum standards. I think there will be a lot of criticism if we don’t go out and win some gold medals.″

The 31-year-old Wilson of Lafayette, Ind., is the oldest member of the team. He has won two straight U.S. championships and won in the U.S. Challenge at 156 pounds.

Williamson, 29, of Aurora, Colo., is the first heavyweight in USA Boxing to win three straight national titles.

While Wilson and Williamson have the experience, the two most likely medalists are welterweight Larry Mosley of Los Angeles and light welterweight Ricardo Williams Jr. of Cincinnati. Mosley, 18, and Williams, 16, both won U.S. titles this year.

``These two have a lot of talent and we expect some big things from them at the Goodwill Games and into the 2000 Olympics,″ Tom Mustin, another coach, said. ``Neither of them have much international experience, but they have the skills to compete with anyone in the world.″

Completing the U.S. team are light flyweight Brian Viloria of Waipahu, Hawaii; flyweight Roberto Benitez of New York; bantamweight Antonio Rodriguez of Wailuku, Hawaii; featherweight Teaunce Shepherd of Milwaukee; lightweight Jacob Hudson of Augusta, Ga.; middleweight Arthur Palac of Hamtramck, Mich; light heavyweight Anthony Stewart of Chicago; and super heavyweight Dominick Guinn of Hot Springs, Ark.

The Goodwill Games will be held in New York July 19-Aug. 2.