Gary Russell Jr. of Capitol Heights defeated Jordan's Al Gharaghir I. M. Abrahim, 34-13, yesterday to advance to the semifinals of the World Amateur Championships in Mianyang City, China.

"I figured he would be strong but that I would be able to outbox him. I outboxed him, he couldn't get past my jab," said Russell, 17. "Once I got in the ring with him, I realized he really wasn't that strong, but I knew he would try to be aggressive."

Russell will face Rustamhodza Rahimov of Germany in today's semifinals. Also advancing was 18-year-old Rau'shee Warren, a 2004 Olympian, who took a 31-21 decision of Georgy Balakshin of Russia. He'll meet Lee Ok Sung of South Korea in the semifinals.

"I feel good, I didn't get him like I wanted to and like I did in Russia. I think he came in there with a different game plan like trying to stay away from me or counter me," said Warren, who had lost to Balakshin in their only previous bout. "In the first fight, when I first saw him, he came out and traded with me and I was killing him bad. I thought I won so I've been waiting for this for a long time."

U.S. welterweight Body Melson and super heavyweight Mike Wilson lost their quarterfinal bouts.

-- From Staff Reports