BEAUMONT, Texas -- Michael Bent from Cambria Heights, N.Y., and Alex Garcia from North Hollywood, Calif. scored upsets Saturday to earn gold medals in the U.S. Boxing Championships.
In the 201-pound class, Bent dethroned Jerry Goff of Saucier, Miss., with a 5-0 decision.
Garcia, entering the tournament with only nine previous bouts, scored a 5-0 decision over last year's champion Wesley Watson of the U.S. Army-Ft. Bragg in the over-201-pound class.
Seven champions retained titles: Brian Lonon of the U.S. Army-Ft. Hood, at 106 pounds; Arthur Johnson from St. Louis at 112 pounds; Michael Collins from LaPorte at 119 pounds; Vincent Phillips of the U.S. Army-Ft. Hood at 132 pounds; Nick Kakouris from St. Louis at 139 pounds; Kenneth Gould from Rockford, Ill., at 147 pounds; and Loren Ross of the U.S. Army-Ft. Hood at 178 pounds, all won by decision.
The U.S. Army finished first in team competition with 43 points.
Twelve boxers were chosen as 'Noteworthy Opponents' for the 1986 World Championships-Goodwill Games Preview: 106, Ruben Navarez, Wichita Falls, Texas; 112, Kennedy McKinney, U.S. Army-Ft. Hood; 119, Bernard Price, Muncie, Ind.; 125, Chuck Richards, Rapid City, S.D.; 132, Stanley Longstreet, Detroit, Mich.; 139, Victor Levine, Kokomo, Ind.; 147, Derrick Wilson, U.S. Army-Ft. Bragg, N.C.; 156, Kevin Bryant, U.S. Army-Ft. Hood; 165, Darin Allen, Columbus, Ohio; 178, Riddick Bowe, Brooklyn, N.Y.; 201, Jerry Goff, Saucier, Miss.; over-201, Wesley Watson, U.S. Army-Ft. Bragg, N.C.
Named Outstanding Boxers were: Arthur Johnson from St. Louis, Mo. in the lighter weight classes, 106-125; Vincent Phillips of te U.S. Army-Ft. Riley, Kan., in the middle weight classes, 132-156; and Loren Ross of the U.S. Army-Ft. Hood in te heavier classes, 165-over-201.