The Beltway region will send five boxers into Friday's finals of the Junior Olympics National Championships at the Mobile Convention Center in Mobile, AL.
During tonight's evening session, Jason Bell of District Heights, MD won his semi-final bout at 165 pounds with a close 11-10 decision over Cameron Grady of Mandan, ND. In another close call, Calvin Countess of Abingdon, MD won his semi in the 201-pound class, defeating Darmani Rock of Philadelphia, PA, 15-13. Bell and Countess join Keeshawn Williams (95 pounds), Jalonte Cole (125 pounds) and Daquan Johnson (176 pounds) as participants in tomorrow's final session.
In the 145-pound semifinals, Malik Hawkins of Baltimore, MD lost a 9-6 decision to John Williams of Brooklyn, NY. Williams beat both Beltway Boxers in that weight class -- Hawkins and Kareem Martin -- on the way to the finals. The final session is slated to get underway at 7 PM ET.