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Amateur Boxers Struggle

MONDAY, JULY 24, 1995

Denver Some of the best amateur boxers in the country continued to struggle in the U.S. Olympic Festival.

For the second straight day, two U.S. champions lost their first-round bouts and therefore any chance to win a gold medal. The festival competition is single elimination - win or go home.

The upset losers were 147-pounder Bobby Lewis of Cincinnati and 156-pounder Jeffrey Clark of the Army. They followed 165-pounder Shane Swartz and super heavyweight Lawrence Claybey, who were beaten Saturday.

Indoors at figure skating, 13-year-old Erin Sutton of Northfield, Mich., fell once but performed well enough to win the festival gold medal in her first junior competition.

Facing growing costs and growing opportunities for athletes to compete elsewhere, the U.S. Olympic Committee has canceled the next scheduled Olympic Festival, which was to be held in 1997. The 1999 festival is also uncertain.

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