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Yakima Police Athletic League boxer Andrew Murphy, right, spars with Andrew Whitfield on Aug. 14 at the Yakima Police Athletic League gym in Yakima. Murphy is gearing up for two more chances to make the U.S. Olympic trials. A meniscus tear slowed down the East Valley grad for a few weeks, limiting him to strength training and watching film. But Murphy quickly got back to full speed, as demonstrated by his sparring sessions with Whitfield, a professional boxer from Idaho. The 2018 Junior Golden Gloves national champion plans to travel to Columbus, Ohio, in early October for the Eastern Elite Qualifier and Regional Open. If needed, Murphy will get one more chance to earn a spot at the Olympic trials at the Last Chance Qualifier in Oxnard, Calif., in November.

YAKIMA, Wash. — Yakima Police Athletic League boxer Andrew Murphy is gearing up for two more chances to make the U.S. Olympic trials.

A meniscus tear slowed down the East Valley grad for a few weeks, limiting him to strength training and watching film. But Murphy quickly got back to full speed and sparred with a professional fighter from Idaho, Andrew Whitfield, earlier this month.

The 2018 Junior Golden Gloves national champion plans to travel to Columbus in early October for the Eastern Elite Qualifier and Regional Open. If needed, Murphy will get one more chance to earn a spot at the Olympic trials at the Last Chance Qualifier in Oxnard, Calif. in November.

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