Competitors set for first U.S. women's boxing Olympic trials


Twenty-four American women will fight to earn a spot in London as the sport of women's boxing makes its Olympic debut at the 2012 Games.

After six months of qualifying tournaments, eight women in each of the three Olympic weight divisions will compete in the first U.S. Olympic team trials for women's boxing on Feb. 13-19 in Airway Heights, Wash., just outside of Spokane.

"The 24 women who have qualified for the first-ever Olympic Trials are all outstanding athletes that will represent our sport and country in a first-class fashion," said Harold Adonis, the USA Boxing president. "They have each dedicated endless hours in the gym and made tremendous sacrifices to chase their Olympic dreams and we look forward to seeing them all compete in this historic event."

Flyweight Christina Cruz, lightweight Queen Underwood and middleweight Franchon Crews claimed the first spots in the Olympic Trials and represented the United States at the 2011 Pan American Games.

The three 2011 National Golden Gloves champions (flyweight Cynthia Moreno, lightweight Mikaela Mayer and middleweight Tiffanie Hearn) also advanced to trials.

The final spots were determined at the USA Boxing National Championships and the National PAL Championships. The three winners from trials will compete in the Women's World Championships.