Olympic Trials Day 3 – Brawls and Close Calls

Courtesy Sue Fox/WBAN

The first stoppages of the initial Olympic Women’s Boxing trials happened Wednesday night, as the Challengers bracket saw six more Olympic hopefuls eliminated.

Flyweight Tyrieshia Douglas (Baltimore, MD) started the night with a TKO stoppage of  Taversha Norwood (Marietta, GA)  at 1:18 of round 4. In the other flyweight bout, Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, TX) got the decision Alex Love (Monroe, WA) 21-16 to continue her Olympic dreams.

Not to be out done by Douglas, lightweight Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, CA) also scored the TKO. The referee stopped her match with Asia Stevenson (Washington D.C.) at 1:24 of round 4.

Also continuing on in the in the lightweight challenger’s bracket, Tiara Brown ( Lehigh Acres, FL) got the close decision over Bertha Aracil (Yonkers, NY) 12-11.

In what was the fight of the night, five time national champ Franchon Crews (Baltimore, MD) and Tiffanie Hearn (San Diego, CA) banged it out looking for a finish in the middleweight division. In the end, Crews got the decision  27-26 in an emotional moment for both competitors.

The evening rounded out with middleweight Raquel Miller (San Francisco, CA)  getting the decision over  Andrecia Wasson (Centerline, MI) 7-6.

The field has whittled to 12 boxers to fill 3 spots on the first ever US Women’s Olympic boxing team. Action continues Thursday night in Spokane, WA. The matches will steam on UniversalSports.com starting at 7 p.m. pacific.

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Wednesday’s Results

Challenger’s Bracket – Flyweight (112 pounds)

  • Tyrieshia Douglas (Baltimore, MD) TKOs Taversha Norwood (Marietta, GA) 1:18 Round 4
  • Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, TX) dec. Alex Love (Monroe, WA) 21-16

Challenger’s Bracket – Lightweight (132 pounds)

  • Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, CA) TKOs Asia Stevenson (Washington D.C.) 1:24 round 4
  • Tiara Brown (Lehigh Acres, FA) dec. Bertha Aracil (Yonkers, NY) 12-11

Challenger’s Bracket – Middleweight (165 pounds)

  • Raquel Miller (San Francisco, CA) dec. Andrecia Wasson (Centerline, MI) 7-6
  • Franchon Crews (Baltimore, MD) dec. Tiffanie Hearn (San Diego, CA) 27-26

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Thursday’s Matches

Flyweight (112 pounds)

  • Winners bracket: Marlen Esparza (Houston, TX) vs. Christina Cruz (New York, NY)
  • Challengers bracket: Tyrieshia Douglas (Baltimore, MD) vs. Virginia Fuchs ( Kemah, TX)

Lightweight (132 pounds)

  • Winners bracket: Queen Underwood (Seattle, WA) vs. N’yteeyah Sherman (Barberton, OH)
  • Challengers bracket: Tiara Brown (Lehigh Acres, FL) vs. Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, CA)

Middleweight (165 pounds)

  • Winners bracket: Claressa Shields, Flint, MI) vs. Tika Hemingway (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Challengers bracket: Franchon Crews (Baltimore, MD) vs. Raquel Miller (San Francisco, CA)
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