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Chance to Win, Risk of Loss: Women Box from WNYC

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Heather Hardy with her coach, Devon Cormack, after winning the featherweight championship at Nationals. (Sue Jaye Johnson)

The third episode of the Women Box podcast includes news of Baltimore boxer Tyrieshia Douglas' first loss, knocking her into the challengers bracket at the first ever women's boxing Olympic Team Trials. 16-year old Claressa Shields fights again. In her phone message before the bout, Shields shows no sign of worry. And she wins again.

Boxers around the world are hoping London 2012 will bring attention to to professional female fighters as well as the Olympians. This episode takes us to the Brooklyn home of Heather Hardy, an amateur boxer who hopes to go pro. "I want to be a world champion," she says any chance she gets. Hardy trains at the legendary Gleason's gym, where we meet a trainer who calls women's boxing "a disgrace."

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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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