Summer Games

Jul 28, 2021; Tokyo, Japan; Naomi Graham (USA) in red and Zenfira Magomedalieva (ROC) in blue react to hearing Magomedalieva won their Women's Middle weight round of 16 bout during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Kokugikan Arena.

Fayetteville native Naomi Graham saw her Olympic boxing tenure come to an end early Wednesday morning, as the middleweight boxer lost her opening fight to Zenfira Magomedalieva.

Graham, who is the first active-duty female U.S. soldier to compete for Team USA boxing, was the third seed coming into the fight, but had a very difficult opening-round draw. According to Boxing Scene, Magomedalieva is a former heavyweight fighter, who has been working down in weight classes.

As we previously reported, Graham is a 2007 Pine Forest High School graduate, but according to a story from the U.S. Army, found herself homeless in 2012. A year later she was in the Army, and sent to Fort Carson, Colorado, where the Army’s World Class Athlete Program is based.

Read the full story about her fight here. But below, is the full gallery of images from the fight.

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