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Mikaela Mayer, left, lands a punch to Lisa Porter at the U.S. Olympic Women's Boxing Trials. Mayer won the bout.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Mikaela Mayer warms up before her bout at the U.S. Olympic Women's Boxing Trials.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Mikaela Mayer watches a fight before her bout against Queen Underwood at the U.S. Olympic Women's Boxing Trials.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Mikaela Mayer talks with trainer Al Mitchell before her bout with Queen Underwood in the 132-pound lightweight division at the U.S. Olympic Women's Boxing Trials.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Mikaela Mayer and Queen Underwood wait to be introduced before their bout at the U.S. Olympic Women's Boxing Trials.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Mikaela Mayer, left, takes a punch from Queen Underwood during their bout.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Mikaela Mayer unwraps her tape after losing to Queen Underwood in the 132-pound lightweight bout at the U.S. Olympic Women's Boxing Trials.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Mikaela Mayer raises her arms in victory as the referee calls the fight at the U.S. Olympic Women's Boxing Trials.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Mikaela Mayer shares a laugh with fellow boxer Franchon Crews before Mayer's bout with Asia Stevenson at the U.S. Olympic Women's Boxing Trials.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Mikaela Mayer walks to the ring before her bout with Asia Stevenson.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Mikaela Mayer relaxes as trainer Al Mitchell stands during the national anthem before a bout with Tiara Brown in the 132-pound lightweight challengers bracket at the U.S. Olympic Women's Boxing Trials.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Mikaela Mayer, left, battles Tiara Brown in the 132-pound lightweight challengers bracket.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Mikaela Mayer takes a punch to the face from N'yteeyah Sherman in the 132-pound lightweight challengers bracket.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

A happy Mikaela Mayer talks to reporters after defeating N'yteeyah Sherman.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Mikaela Mayer exchanges punches with Queen Underwood in the championship bout at the U.S. Olympic Women's Boxing Trials.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Mikaela Mayer receives a hug from trainer Al Mitchell after losing to Queen Underwood in the championship bout at the U.S. Olympic Women's Boxing Trials.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Patricia Manuel falls to the floor after injuring her shoulder and losing a bout to Tiara Brown at the U.S. Olympic Women's Boxing Trials in Spokane, Wash.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Patricia Manuel sits in her corner between rounds at the U.S. Olympic Women's Boxing Trials.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Loretta Butler hugs daughter Patricia Manuel after Manuel lost her bout at the U.S. Olympic Women's Boxing Trials.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Patricia Manuel stands alone after injuring her shoulder and losing a bout to Tiara Brown at the U.S. Olympic Women's Boxing Trials.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Patricia Manuel lies on the hotel bed with an ice pack on her shoulder as trainer Robert Luna checks his messages after Manuel lost her bout at the U.S. Olympic Women's Boxing Trials.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Patricia Manuel warms up before her bout at the U.S. Olympic Women's Boxing Trials.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Patricia Manuel, left, takes a punch to the face from Tiara Brown.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Isabelle Hernandez, 10, takes a shot from Maria Moore in an undercard event before the start of the U.S. Olympic Women's Boxing Trials in Spokane, Wash.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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Two boxers, two dreams.

Mikaela Mayer, a former model from Los Angeles, turned a lot of heads last week when she made it to the final round of the U.S. Olympic Trials before losing a close decision at 132 pounds to Seattle’s Queen Underwood. And while that ended her quixotic bid to compete in the first Olympic boxing competition for women this summer in London, it clearly stamped Mayer as someone worth watching between now and the 2016 Games in Brazil.

Patricia Manuel, a former national champion and two-time Golden Gloves winner from Long Beach, also had her Olympic dream ended when she withdrew from the Trials with a shoulder injury after only one bout.

But while Manuel says she’ll soon turn pro, forfeiting another run at the Olympics, the 21-year-old Mayer isn’t going anywhere.

Read the full story by Kevin Baxter.

See also an audio slide show on Manuel.

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