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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: Escobedo third American boxer to win in Athens

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posted on Aug, 16 2004 @ 05:35 PM
Athens, Greece (Sports Network) - So far, the United States is 3-for-3 in boxing matches here in Athens.

Lightweight Vicente Escobedo on Monday became the third American to advance when he earned a third-round stoppage in his bout with Colombian Jose David Mosquera Mosquera.

The 22-year-old Woodland, California, native dominated throughout the fight at Peristeri Boxing Hall, joining teammates Vanes Martirosyan and Andre Dirrell in the second round.

Escobedo opened the fight strong and built up an 11-4 lead after the first round.

"We don't want our guys to wait for the second round, we want to go first," assistant coach Joe Zanders said. "You have to throw a lot of punches. You don't know what's going to happen, you have to make it happen. That's what we intended to do and Vicente executed the plan to a t."

His advantage ballooned to 15 points midway through the second, and when it reached 30-10 in the third a stoppage was called due to the 20-point differential rule.

Escobedo won't fight again until Friday when he takes on Rovshan Huseynov of Azerbaijan. Flyweight Ron Siler will be the only U.S. fighter to compete Tuesday when he battles Australian Bradley Hore.

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