Saturday's 11-card bout reduced to seven

Updated: February 22, 2004, 12:46 AM ET
Associated Press

TUNICA, Miss. -- Brothers Anthony and Lamont Peterson advanced to next weekend's box-offs after winning their U.S. Olympic Boxing Team Trials fights on Saturday night.

Lamont Peterson won the 141-pound division in a walkover after Devon Alexander failed to show up. Anthony Peterson beat Karl Dargan in the 132-pound division.

Next weekend's box-offs will determine the 11 boxers on the U.S. Olympic team for this summer's Athens Games.

What was supposed to be an 11-bout card Saturday night was reduced to seven fights. The 152-pound division will resume Thursday in Cleveland after being postponed. The USA Boxing board of directors had twice disqualified and once reinstated one fighter in that division, Andre Berto, and declared another, Juan McPherson, not medically fit to fight.

Two other fights were won by walkover Saturday night: Aaron Alafa of Visalia, Calif. in the 112-pound division and Brandon Rios of Garden City, Kan. in the 125-pound division.

Marcus Johnson of Kileen, Texas, won a 29-22 decision in 178-pound division over Anthony Dirrell of Flint, Mich. When Johnson tried to tap gloves with him after the fight, Dirrell brushed his hand away and the fans booed. Dirrell refused his consolation prize and was booed again.

Moments later, Dirrell stepped back into the ring and apologized to fans and USA Boxing.

Top-ranked 106-pound Rayonta Whitfield of Augusta, Ga., lost an 18-15 decision to Diego Hurtado of Sparks, Nev.

In the heavyweight division, New Jersey's Chazz Witherspoon won a 20-13 decision over Matt Godfrey of Providence, R.I.

Mike Wilson of Central Point, Ore., will get a second shot at top-ranked Jason Estrada in the box-offs after upsetting No. 2 George Garcia of Glendale, Ariz., 28-22. Wilson lost a 23-14 decision to Estrada Friday night in the winner's bracket finals.

Philadelphia's Eric Hunter in the 119-pound division and the Army's Clarence Joseph in the 165-pound division also advanced to the box-offs.


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