Helena boxer Duran Caferro Jr. lost his opening bout in the light welterweight division last Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Mobile, Ala. and currently should avoid a second defeat in the challengers’ bracket to stay his Olympic dreams alive.
Michael Reed of Waldord, Md. defeated the 22-year-old from H-Town Eagles Boxing Club with 26-16 to advance to today’s semifinals in the winners’ bracket against Armed Forces winner Jamel Herring of Camp Lejeune, Fla, who defeated Thomas Duquette of Waltham, Mass. Caferro Jr. will fight Duquette in the challengers’ bracket.
In the other half of Sunday’s light welterweight range, USA Boxing national winner Semajay Thomas survived a scare with a 16-15 victory versus George Rincon and PAL winner Pedro Sosa won on a disqualification against Gary Allen Russell III.
Even as losers of Sundays’ event were not knocked out of the tournament, their road to the 2012 London Olympics got a lot tougher. To success the Trials and earn a spot of nationals, Caferro Jr. should win successive bouts – challengers’ first round on Monday, second round on Tuesday, semifinals on Wednesday and final on Thursday, then back-to-back wins versus the winners’ bracket champion on Friday to Saturday.
Just to qualify for the Trials, Caferro Jr. had to win five straight fights at the Last Chance Qualifier earlier this month with a win-or-go-home mentality. This time, on the other hand, he is going up versus the best of the nation in his weight division.