It was not a good day for Beltway amateurs at the quarterfinal round of the Junior Olympic National Championships in Mobile, AL. Only two locals made it to the semifinals after Thursday's action.
We already told you about Keeshawn Williams of DC advancing to the semi finals at 110 pounds. The only local to join Williams in the semis will be Baltimore's Malik Titus, who won his quarterfinal contest at 176+ pounds. Titus won a 3-0 decision over Lorenzo Benavidez of Albuquerque, NM.
Six locals fell in the quarters on Thursday. We've already told you about the losses for Jordan White and Mack Allison earlier today. There are reports from those in Alabama that those losses may have been questionable decisions. Also, Kashif Muhammad Brown, Jr. lost his bout at 165 pounds by a 2-1 decision to Manjaro Hills, Jr. of Baker, LA. Sergio Bolonos of Silver Spring, MD dropped a 3-0 decision to Caleb Chesternut of East Pointe, MI at 114 pounds. At 125 pounds, Troy Isley of Alexandria, VA fell to Isidro Ochoa of Fresno, CA via a 3-0 decision. Also, Michael Wilbar of Boonsboro, MD lost by TKO to Sergio Flores of Overland Park, KS.