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Bemidji's Osborn to compete at USA Boxing Nationals

When Savannah Osborn graduated from Bemidji High School in 2007 she listed boxing as one of her hobbies.

Monday, Osborn will showcase that hobby as she competes in the USA Boxing National Championships in Colorado Springs.

Preliminary round action will continue through Wednesday and the semifinal rounds begin Thursday. The women's championships in the various divisions will be held July 17.

Osborn fights out of the Circle of Discipline gym in the Twin Cities and she qualified for the national tournament by winning the regional event.

Unfortunately, Osborn was unchallenged at the regional and automatically qualified for the national event.

Osborn will be in the 152-pound weight class (middleweight) and will be fighting against 13 other regional winners plus past champions, members of the military, National Police Athletic League champions and athletes representing the U.S. Olympic Education Center at Northern Michigan University.

The women's divisions also welcome unattached boxers.

In the women's division each bout consists of four 2-minute rounds.

The USA Boxing National Championships have been held annually since 1888 and is the longest running amateur boxing tournament in the United States.

Among the past participants are former champions Pernell Whitaker, Oscar De La Hoya, Sugar Ray Leonard, Floyd Mayweather and Muhammed Ali (as Cassius Clay).

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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