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The First Night and the First Time: Women Box from WNYC

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Tyrieshia Douglas says she's "a freak for pain." She won this bout against Latonya King on the first night of the Olympic Team Trials. (Sue Jaye Johnson)

In the second episode of the Women Box podcast, 16-year old Claressa Shields of Flint, Michigan fights Franchon Crews of Baltimore, Maryland, ranked number one in the country. Shields goes into the fight with calm and confidence and beats the more experienced boxer, 31 to 19. 

Also in episode two: stories from the first time women boxed. And why they box. "I like the fact that I'm feminine outside on the streets and I may not seem like a boxer," says Mikaela Mayer of Los Angeles, "But, really, I am a boxer and I have that side to me. I can be a woman and an aggressive athlete." Tiara Brown of Fort Myers, Florida puts it this way, "I have abs of steel. And then I have these sexy, luscious lips." Don't miss it.

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Sue Jaye Johnson
Before her fight against top ranked Franchon Crews, Claressa Shields said, "She's going down and she knows it."
Sue Jaye Johnson
Franchon Crews can still come back. If she wins in the loser's bracket, she and Shields could face each other again.

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About Women Box

Men have boxed in the Olympic games since the ancient Greeks adopted the sport more than two thousand years ago. Women, never. That changes this year, when women enter the Olympic boxing ring for the first time.

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