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Three boxers close to titles at trials

Updated: February 17, 2012, 6:42 PM ET
Associated Press

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. -- Flyweight Marlen Esparza, lightweight Queen Underwood and middleweight Claressa Shields advanced to the finals of the U.S. Olympic women's boxing team trials with victories in the winners' bracket Thursday night.

Underwood won the most thrilling bout of the landmark tournament, weathering hundreds of punches from 19-year-old N'yteeyah Sherman before pulling out a 25-24 victory with a strong fourth round.

Esparza, a six-time national champion, meticulously ...

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