Night Two of the third annual Mayor Marion Barry Invitational Boxing Tournament brought something of a resolution to the controversy over the Detroit team's absence, a sudden and unexpected emergence of Washington's young fighters in the upper weight divisions and the hospitalization of fighters who were knocked unconscious within minutes of each other in one of two rings set up last night at Howard University's Burr Gymnasium.

The Detroit team's decision not to participate had nothing to do with a dispute between Emmanuel Steward and Mike Trainer, the Kronk Gym's amateur boxing coach said yesterday.

"That's a total falsehood," said Kronk Coach Alex Scherer, whose boxers were scheduled to represent Detroit. "The reason the Kronk boxing team is not participating is because we are getting ready for the Great Lakes Games {Michigan's state youth games}."

Rick Bowlding, the tournament director, meanwhile, stuck to the explanation he said he was given by Scherer Monday night. However, Bowlding added, "If he {Scherer} said something else today, fine. Let's just say, 'Case closed.' "

Much the same could have been said about Washington's chances of winning a third consecutive team title -- particularly after two-time tournament champion James Harris, who at one time was the No. 1-ranked amateur in the nation at 106 pounds, had to withdraw last night because of a fractured nose he sustained while working out Tuesday.

However, 139-pounder Anthony Ross, 156-pounder Darrin Rivers, 165-pounder Melvin Foster and 178-pounder Michael Simon all won, giving Washington six boxers in the semifinals. (Heavyweight Jerry Ballard and super heavyweight Ronald Brown were helped into the semifinals in their divisions by small fields and byes.)

Had 119-pounder Leroy Simms, 132-pounder Frank Payne and 147-pounder Gary Payne not been defeated by the scales and Harris not been the victim of misfortune (his status for the upcoming National Sports Festival and Pan American Games box-off is uncertain), the Washington team virtually would have the trophy clinched.

"You run into bad luck sometimes," said Larry Williams, one of Washington's coaches.

Mike Taylor, a 165-pounder from Philadelphia, and Freddie Johnson, a 165-pounder from Atlanta, will attest to that.

Taylor was knocked out at 2:20 of the third round of his fight with Norfolk's Antonio Bonner. He seemed to be fine, but later complained of a loss of hearing in one ear. Then, 1:44 into the first round of the next contest, Johnson was floored by Lamar Parks of Charleston, S.C. Johnson, too, seemed fine at first, but then developed memory problems.

Both Taylor and Johnson were taken to Howard University Hospital. Their conditions were unknown late last night.