Wilson wins, Wohosky falls on first day of boxing

HOUSTON — Maybe he woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Maybe he didn't have his morning coffee to start the day Monday.

Whatever the reason, Central Point super heavyweight boxer Mike Wilson was missing his spark for the first three rounds against Joshua Parsons of Barboursville, W. Va., in the preliminary round of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

But, as if his coaches used jumper cables between the third and fourth rounds, Wilson found his charge and pummeled Parsons en route to a 25-11 win.

"Sometimes, you know before a fight if you feel really good," Wilson said. "Your hands get going. "¦ I wasn't really going. "¦ Something just turned on in that fourth round. Then I felt like I did at the U.S. Championships."

In that tournament, Wilson fought six times in seven nights and fell just one point shy of the championship, losing to Mike Hunter of Las Vegas, who also advanced here on Monday.

Wilson's Bulldog Boxing Club teammate, Troy Wohosky, wasn't as fortunate, losing 30-8 to hometown favorite Hylon Williams Jr. The trials are double elimination, so Wohosky will begin fighting in the challengers bracket today.

Parsons is shorter and stockier than Wilson at 6-foot-2, 240 pounds, which is usually a specialty for the leaner 6-4, 210-pound Wilson, who can tire out the big boys with his movement. Wilson was hesitant through the first three rounds, however, waiting for Parsons to come at him.

It didn't happen, but Wilson led 2-0 after the first, 6-3 after the second and 12-6 entering the final round, where his strong, three-punch combination led to powerful straight shots that hurt Parsons.

Wilson moves to the second round of the winners' bracket today when he faces Kimdo Bethel of Albany, N.Y. Bethel is shorter than Parsons but stronger and has a tricky style, shifting between righty and southpaw in the middle of rounds.

"Left-handers don't bother me," Wilson said. "I fight left-handers great."

Wilson and Bethel have not fought, which is remarkable considering that they have each been in just about every national tournament for the past four years. It is a fight that both have been looking forward to after a few years of talk.

Wilson expects his fourth-round momentum to "carry over now. It switched on that fourth round. "¦ Now I'm going to do like I did at the U.S. Championships."

Wohosky had his hands full with the up-and-coming 17-year-old Williams, who is considered a legitimate contender for the featherweight Olympic Trials title. Williams followed up a 2005 Junior Olympics championship with a 2007 Golden Gloves title and a trip to the semifinals of the U.S. Championships.

What made it even tougher on the Medford fighter was the crowd was squarely behind Williams, but Wohosky and Bulldog coach Jimmy Pedrojetti were surprised at Williams' lopsided triumph.

"They didn't give him any points in the third round, and that was his best round," Pedrojetti said. "I thought it was anybody's match. "¦ But half of Texas was in the stands. That's boxing."

The environment was not lost on Wohosky.

"I knew that (the judges) would watch him. The whole crowd was behind him," Wohosky said. "I had to try to knock him out if I wanted to win. I tried."

Both boxers had no fear of commitment in the first round and went right at it. Wohosky threw a powerful left hand and ended the first round down 3-2.

Williams bashed Wohosky with some body shots in the second round that racked up points; Wohosky gained control with combinations to the body, moving Williams from one end of the canvas to the other.

Wohosky got clipped with a good left just before the bell, and Williams had jumped out to a 12-3 lead.

The third round was certainly Wohosky's best. Slowly but surely he climbed back into the bout and hit Williams with his straight right, which was curiously absent in the other rounds.

But despite Wohosky's resurgence, the score was 20-4 entering the fourth. Wohosky gave it his all and went in for the knockout, but with a secure lead, Williams went on the run.

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