Super heavyweight Mike Wilson, left, and featherweight Troy Wohosky compete this week in the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team Trials. - Bob Pennell

It's all or nothing

HOUSTON — For such good friends, Troy Wohosky and Mike Wilson are quite different.

Central Point super heavyweight Wilson, 24, is a garrulous giant. When he fights, he prefers to be surrounded by as many cheering friends and family as the gym will hold. When he steps in the ring today in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, he will be watched by his wife and two children, his parents, and a number of friends.

Medford's Wohosky, 21, is an intense 125-pounder who exudes confidence without saying much at all. Wohosky prefers to be alone in the ring; in fact, his wife and two children were set to fly here to watch him compete in the Olympic trials, but the trip was canceled at the last minute.

"I'm just here by myself trying to be focused," Wohosky said. "They were going to come, but they wanted me to have a free mind."

While different in stature, appearance, ethnicity and personality, making the Olympic team has been a common goal for the Bulldog Boxing Club duo for the better part of a decade.

"All these years we've been boxing boil down to this week," Wilson said. "Win it all or go home. First place and that's it."

Wilson knows all about that. The two-time national champion was an alternate on the 2004 team after finishing second in the Olympic trials but did not travel to the Games or train with the team full time.

Wohosky is a three-time bronze medalist in the U.S. Championships who will be fighting in his first Olympic trials. He recognizes the pride that comes with joining on the U.S. Olympic team, but for this hard-working father of two, there is always a bottom line:

"Since I've been preparing for these Olympic trials, (my kids) are all I've been thinking about," Wohosky said. "In my head, I got to feed my family. This is it for me. If I make it, I'm in the money round."

Olympic athletes and their families receive a substantial stipend and are guests of the U.S. Olympic Team center in Colorado Springs, Colo., for the year of training leading up to the Games.

Each boxer qualified for the trials by finishing in the top eight at the U.S. Championships, held in Colorado Springs in June. Wilson hung his gloves in Central Point for only a few weeks, heading to Brazil in July to fight in the Pan-American Games, where he lost in the first round on a "tough decision."

That left Wohosky without his training partner until just two weeks ago. He worked their routines solo, including daily runs up Mount Ashland. He didn't mind the solitude — or the quiet.

"We are a lot different, me and Mike, but we have the same goal," Wohosky said. "You got to do it all by yourself.

"He had only had two weeks before the trials. We just started training with each other when he got back. We pushed a little bit harder."

Wilson and Wohosky are confident in every aspect of their game right now, especially mentally. Wilson believes that nobody is as focused as he and Wohosky, and both are sure that nobody is as well trained.

Wilson will square off in the first of two sessions today against Joshua Parsons of Barboursville, W. Va. Wohosky fights in the evening round, facing local favorite Hylon Williams of Houston.

Raynell Williams, of Cleveland, who used his reach to defeat Wohosky 25-3 in the U.S. Championships, faces Robert Rodriguez of Evans, Colo., today.

Las Vegas 17-year-old Michael Hunter, who defeated Wilson by a single point in the U.S. Championships finals, faces Nate James of Malden, Mass.

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