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Posted at 07:50 AM ET, 02/16/2012

Local women advance in U.S. Olympic boxing trials

District native Tyrieshia Douglas and Baltimore’s Franchon Crews kept alive their hopes of winning U.S. Olympic team slots in women’s boxing by winning their challengers bracket bouts Wednesday night.

Douglas, a two-time national champion flyweight, defeated Taversha Norwood of Marietta, Ga., in a fourth-round stoppage at the inaugural U.S. women’s boxing trials in Airway Heights, Wash., as Crews narrowly topped 2010 U.S. champion Tiffanie Hearnof San Diego in a 27-26 decision.

The District’s Asia Stevenson was eliminated from the event that concludes this weekend, succumbing in a fourth-round stoppage against Mikaela Mayer of Los Angeles.

Douglas and Crews both fight again Thursday. Douglas faces Virginia Fuchs; Crews takes on Raquel Miller.

Women’s boxing will be featured in the Olympic Games for the first time this summer in London.

By  |  07:50 AM ET, 02/16/2012

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