The Challengers Bracket Boxers Fight to Stay Alive at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing
(SPOKANE, WASH.) – Twelve boxers battled for their tournament lives on Wednesday night at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing. The evening’s action at the Northern Quest Resort featured solely challengers bracket bouts while the winners bracket’s contestants enjoyed a night off.
The third day of competition opened with the first stoppage of the event in flyweight action. Tyrieshia Douglas (Baltimore, Md.) bounced back from her loss in Tuesday’s action with a fourth round stoppage of Taversha Norwood (Marietta, Ga.) in their challengers bracket contest. Fellow flyweight Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) advanced in the tournament as well, taking a 21-16 decision over Alex Love (Monroe, Wash.).
In lightweight action, 2011 USA Boxing National Championships silver medalist Tiara Brown (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) kept her Olympic dreams alive, pulling out a 12-11 decision over Bertha Aracil (Yonkers, N.Y.) in the first of two challengers bracket bouts. 2011 National Golden Gloves champion Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) won the second stoppage of the tournament in her challenger bracket semifinal with Asia Stevenson (Washington DC). Mayer enjoyed success throughout the contest, stopping Stevenson at the 1:24 mark to move on to Thursday’s action.
Middleweight Franchon Crews (Baltimore, Md.) won a sloppy rematch of her Pan American Games box-off showdown with 2010 National Champion Tiffanie Hearn (San Diego, Calif.), pulling out a 27-26 decision. Raquel Miller (San Francisco, Calif.) enjoyed a very happy birthday, winning an upset victory over 2010 Welterweight World Champion Andrecia Wasson (Centerline, Mich.). Miller won a 7-6 over Wasson to advance to Thursday’s action.
Wednesday, February 15
112 lbs/challengers bracket: Tyrieshia Douglas, Baltimore, Md., stopping Taversha Norwood, Marietta, Ga., RSC-4 (1:18)
112 lbs/challengers bracket: Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas dec. Alex Love, Monroe, Wash., 21-16
132 lbs/challengers bracket: Tiara Brown, Lehigh Acres, Fla., dec. Bertha Aracil, Yonkers, N.Y., 12-11
132 lbs/challengers bracket: Mikaela Mayer, Los Angeles, Calif., stopped Asia Stevenson, Washington DC, RSC-4 (1:24)
165 lbs/challengers bracket: Franchon Crews, Baltimore, Md., dec. Tiffanie Hearn, San Diego, Calif., 27-26
165 lbs/challengers bracket: Raquel Miller, San Francisco, Calif., dec. Andrecia Wasson, Centerline, Mich., 7-6
Thursday’s Bout Sheet
112 lbs/winners bracket: Marlen Esparza, Houston, Texas vs. Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y.
112 lbs/challengers bracket: Tyrieshia Douglas, Baltimore, Md., vs. Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas
132 lbs/winners bracket: Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash., vs. N’yteeyah Sherman, Barberton, Ohio
132 lbs/challengers bracket: Tiara Brown, Lehigh Acres, Fla., vs. Mikaela Mayer, Los Angeles, Calif.
165 lbs/winners bracket: Claressa Shields, Flint, Mich., vs. Tika Hemingway, Pittsburgh, Pa.
165 lbs/challengers bracket: Franchon Crews, Baltimore, Md., vs. Raquel Miller, San Francisco, Calif.