August 3, 2012

Women's Boxing Begins In London

With all but one Team USA Boxing male fighters eliminated, the American focus now shifts to the women. Three members of Team USA will compete in the Olympics starting this weekend.

After a 4-0 start for the USA male competitors, eight of nine boxers lost their next fights and the team that sent 12 boxers to the London Games is now pinning hopes of a medal on the women.

A first-time Olympic sport for women, Team USA has a strong group in all three weight divisions:

112: Marlen Esparza, Houston, TX (Ranked #6 in the world by AIBA)
132: Queen Underwood, Seattle, WA (Ranked #10 by AIBA)
165: Claressa Shields, Flint, MI (Ranked #12 by AIBA)

Fight schedule:
Sunday, August 5
8:30 AM: Underwood (USA) vs 7th-ranked Jonas (GBR) in Round of 16

Monday, August 6
7:45 AM: Esparza (USA) vs 45th-ranked Magliocco (VEN) in Quarterfinals
9:45 AM: Shields (USA) vs 7th-ranked Laurell (SWE) in Quarterfinals

Wednesday, August 8
7:30 AM: Esparza (USA) vs #1-ranked Ren (CHN) in Semifinal
8:30 AM: Shields (USA) vs 8th-ranked Volnova (KAZ) in Semifinal

Thursday, August 9
11:15 AM: Shields (USA) vs #1-ranked Torlopova (RUS) in Gold Medal bout
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