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Salazar and Montgomery go down in defeat at 2012 Youth World Championships; Jennings vs. Tupou

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Bantamweight Gary Salazar (Fresno, Calif.) and lightweight Maliek Montgomery (Macon, Ga.) both dropped their quarterfinal contests at the 2012 Youth World Championships, eliminating them from the tournament. Salazar and Montgomery were the final two American boxers in contention in Yerevan, Armenia.

Salazar battled Russian Junior World Championships bronze medalist Magomedrashid Dzahabrailov in his quarterfinal contest. The two were deadlocked at four after the first round but Dzahabrailov grabbed the momentum in the second period. Salazar trailed by an 11-7 margin with one round remaining and he attempted to make a comeback in the final stanza, and although he managed to cut his deficit in half, he couldn’t claim the lead. Dzahabrailov went on to win a 16-14 final decision over Salazar, ending his Youth World Championships winning streak at three.

Montgomery suffered a wider loss in his bout with France’s Sofiane Oumiha in evening action. The French boxer took control in the first round Montgomery wasn’t able to climb back into the bout. He trailed by a 12-3 margin after one round and faced a 19-5 deficit with three minutes of action remaining. Oumiha took a 25-7 final victory over Montgomery, ending his run at a medal in Armenia.

The 2012 Youth World Championships were the final major tournament of the year for USA Boxing. Coaches Christopher Barela (Las Cruces, N.M.), Michael Montgomery (Macon, Ga.), and Gilberto Salazar (Fresno, Calif.) led the team into action in Armenia with Dr. Robin Goodfellow (Albion, Mich.) serving as the Team Leader and Team Physician.

U.S. Results

123 lbs: Magomedrashid Dzahabrailov, RUS, dec. Gary Salazar, Fresno, Calif./USA, 16-14

132 lbs: Sofiane Oumiha, FRA, dec. Maliek Montgomery, Macon, Ga./USA, 25-7

USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

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Insider Access of the Undefeated Heavyweight
as He Prepares for His December 8th Fight Against Bowie Tupou

Bryant Jennings vs. Bowie Tupou on NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night,
Saturday, December 8 at 10 PM ET

NEW YORK – December 4, 2012 – Undefeated heavyweight Bryant Jennings (15-0, 7 KO’s) will be featured in Fight Night 36: Bryant Jennings, premiering Thursday, December 6 at 10:00 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network.

The half hour special chronicles 36-hours in the life of the North Philadelphia boxer, as he prepares to face Bowie Tupou (22-2, 16 KO’s) in a voluntary defense of his USBA Heavyweight Title. The show tracks Jennings from the apartment he shares with his grandmother, to his sunrise training session, to his day job at the Federal Reserve Bank.

During the episode, NBC Sports Network cameras travel with Jennings for a grueling workout at the no-frills ABC Gym. In addition, the crew follows Jennings as he spends time with his son Mason, and takes an emotional trip to the bullet-strewn Philadelphia neighborhood from which Jennings emerged.

Fight Night 36: Bryant Jennings includes commentary from veteran trainer Fred Jenkins, and Philadelphia legend Marvin “Machine Gun” Garris. The show also captures Jennings, as he reflects on his upcoming opponent and the unique journey that got Jennings this point in his career.

“Compelling, story-driven programming is a staple of our network and the 36 Series.” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “Bryant Jennings’ talent and his incredible story make for a very captivating Fight Night 36 special.”

“Bryant Jennings is the first real star to be developed entirely on NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night series,” said Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO. “He appeared in the main event, on our first broadcast in January, and he will close the year for us on Saturday. Jennings has stepped up time after time and used the series as a platform from which to launch his career. So it is a natural progression that he should now get the chance to tell us more about his very interesting story on Fight Night 36.”

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Jennings Fight Night match with Tupou will air Saturday, December 8 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. Kenny Rice will serve as the play-by-play commentator for the telecast, and will be joined by Hall-of-Fame boxing trainer Freddie Roach and cruiserweight contender B.J. Flores. Chris Mannix will serve as the ringside reporter.

Following are re-airs of Fight Night 36: Bryant Jennings: Dec., 7 at 12:30 a.m., Dec., 8 at 4:30 p.m., Dec., 9 at 4 p.m., Dec., 13 at 8:30 p.m., and Dec., 25 at 1:30 a.m. All times are ET.
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