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Navarro Makes Quarterfinals

September 24, 2000|From Associated Press

SYDNEY, Australia — Jose Navarro boxed his way into the Olympic flyweight quarterfinals, and this time his father saw it.

With his father and older brother, Carlos Jr., cheering him on, the 19-year-old Navarro scored half of his points in the fourth round for a 12-9 decision over Hicham Mesbahi of Morocco at 112 pounds today.

Ricardo Williams also won, stopping Olusegon Ajose of Nigeria on the 15-point rule, 21-6, in the fourth round at 139 pounds to give the United States seven boxers in the quarterfinals. So far, eight Cubans have reached the quarterfinals.

A fifth American was eliminated when Army sergeant Olanda Anderson, who drew a first-round bye, was beaten, 13-12, at 178 pounds when Rudolf Kraj of Czech Republic landed a scoring blow with three seconds left.

When the Navarro decision was announced, Mesbahi threw up his hands, fell to his knees and pounded the canvas. There were boos.

"I knew I was behind by one point in the last round and I had no choice but to go out there and just throw," said Navarro, who trailed, 7-6, after three rounds. "I knew I had to step it up a lot. It's just and experience for me. I'm going to learn a lot from this fight, as I do from every fight."

Navarro's father had missed his son's opening-round win because he missed a plane in Los Angeles.

Rocky Juarez, the 125-pound world champion from Houston, outpointed Falk Huste of Germany, 17-15, and set up a quarterfinal showdown Wednesday against Somluck Kamsing of Thailand, the Olympic gold medalist at the 1996 Olympics. Kamsing beat Tulkunbay Turgunov of Ubesistan, 6-2.

Jermain Taylor of Little Rock, Ark., pounded out a 23-9 decision over Scott McIntosh of Canada at 156 pounds.

Then super heavyweight Calvin Brock of Charlotte, N.C., became the fourth U.S. boxer to lose. He took a standing eight-count, was knocked down and stopped in the fourth round on the 15-point rule, 21-5, by Paolo Vidoz of Italy, a bronze medalist at the 1999 world championships.

Brock was simply outclassed in the last two rounds.

The 20-year-old Juarez, who beat Huste, 12-6, in the quarterfinals at the world championships last year in Houston, clinched his victory this time with a scoring blow late in the fourth round for a 17-14 lead.

Juarez led by three points four times during the fast-paced four rounds, but never for very long. Each boxer got a couple of points for body blows. In some bouts, judges have ignored punches to body.

The 22-year-old Taylor clinched his match against McIntosh by outscoring the Canadian, 11-3, in the third round. He will box Adnan Catic of Germany in the quarterfinals.

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