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Rock, Tiger Allen in critical condition after car accident

The identical twin sons of renowned trainer Naazim Richardson suffered serious injuries Tuesday night in a one-vehicle crash in Philadelphia.

Rock and Tiger Allen, both 29, were airlifted to separate hospitals after both were extricated from their sport utility vehicle. The nature of their injuries was not made available to the media, but both were in intensive-care units, Rock at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Tiger at Hahnemann University Hospital.

Philadelphia Police reported that Tiger Allen was behind the wheel of the 1996 Ford Explorer when the vehicle veered from the right lane of Bethlehem Pike, striking a tree. Both Tiger and Rock were pinned in the wreckage, and the roadway was closed between Broad Street, Hatfield Township, and the five-points intersection until 1:47 a.m.

The Allens were among the best-known amateur boxers in the storied history of Philadelphia, winning multiple national championships. They were perhaps best known for being disqualified at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials in Tampa, Fla., after Tiger missed his opportunity to compete in the 125-pound weight class when he weighed in 4 1/2 pounds too heavy. His brother, Rock, a 132-pound fighter, then was disqualified after he, too, showed up too heavy, and officials caught Tiger trying to weigh in for him.

Rock made the 2004 Olympic team, while Tiger walked away from the sport for several years.

Both eventually turned pro. Rock currently holds a 15-0 record, with 7 knockouts, as a welterweight, but has battled injuries and has been idle since April of 2009. Tiger, now a cruiserweight, has won all three of his pro fights, two by knockout, but hasn't fought since 2006.

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