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Olympic boxing hopeful trains in Marquette

December 27, 2011 - Burt Angeli
Al Mitchell, who has worked with a number of future boxing stars at the U.S. Olympic Education Center in Marquette, may have another one in Mikaela Mayer.

Los Angeles Times profiled Mayer, a rebellious teen, in a story Monday. The 21-year-old has matured into a possibility for the U.S. Olympic boxing team.

“She is in a tough weight class but she is the one that can be the upset person,” Mitchell told The Daily News.

Mayer, who also models, moved from California to work with Mitchell in Marquette.

“I went there thinking I was decent and he just broke me down,” Mayer told the Los Angeles Times. “Within six months he made me just 50 times better. I don’t think I would have a chance at this trials if it wasn’t for him.”

Mayer hopes to qualify for the Olympics in the 132-pound weight class. She will be competing in February at the Olympic Trials in Spokane, Wash.

“There’s lots of good girls coming to the trials,” Mayer said. “This trials is up for grabs.”



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