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After Just Missing The Olympic Spot Four Years Ago, Women's Boxer Mikaela Mayer Qualifies For Rio

By Craig Bohnert | March 19, 2016, 2:07 p.m. (ET)

After finishing as the runner-up in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, lightweight Mikaela Mayer has achieved her Olympic dream by qualifying for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team during competition at the AIBA Olympic Qualification Tournament in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Mayer earned her ticket to Rio by defeating Victoria Torres of Mexico to win the women's lightweight gold medal and qualify for the Olympic Games. Mayer took control of the bout early, establishing her left jab with several telling blows before bringing her right into play halfway through the round.

Torres tried to take control back early in the second, but Mayer was content to dance away from danger and exploit gaps in the Mexican’s defense. Midway through the round she delivered a right so well-placed that it dislodged Torres’ headgear.

The third round was the same as the second, with Mayer countering the frantic blows from Torres to score to the head and body. The American remained calm and in control through the fourth round, using combinations to keep Torres at bay and earn the victory in a unanimous decision.

Mayer is the sixth American to qualify for Rio at the tournament. She joins lightweight Carlos Balderas, light flyweight Nico Hernandez, middleweight Charles Conwell, bantamweight Shakur Stevenson and women’s middleweight Claressa Shields, the reigning Olympic champion.

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