URI doctoral student is top female boxer in the country and could be on her way to Olympic trials

KINGSTON, R.I. – Nov. 13, 2013 – Destiny Chearino likes getting her nails done. She fusses over her hair, and she enjoys wearing charm bracelets. Oh, she can throw a wicked right hook too.

Her punches are so good the 22-year-old doctoral student in physical therapy at the University of Rhode Island is considered the best female boxer in her 141-pound weight class in New England – and one of the best in the country.

She’ll compete in the U.S. Boxing Championships in Spokane, Wash., from Jan. 18 through 25, and if she wins she could be on her way to the Olympic trials.