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Out of the Red Corner ... The Winners: Women Box Podcast from WNYC

Monday, February 20, 2012

Tyrieshia Douglas in the first round of the final fight at the USA Boxing Olympic Trials for women. (Sue Jaye Johnson)

The fifth episode of the Women Box podcast tells the story of the final days of the Olympic Team Trials for women's boxing in Spokane, WA. It also includes well-wishes and a warning from professional fighter Christy Martin, the only woman ever to land on the cover of Sports Illustrated or to make a million dollars boxing (not on one fight).

Tyrieshia Douglas, flyweight from Baltimore, MD, fights her way out of the loser's bracket to compete, in her final bout, against Marlen Esparza of Houston, TX. Douglas describes the glare of the lights and how everything drops away when the bell rings. We also hear from an 11-year old boxer who says the sport makes her feel better about herself.

Finally, a conversation with actor and boxing fan Rosie Perez and three female boxers at the Jerome L. Greene Space. 16-year old Claressa Shields, Brooklyn amateur Heather Hardy, and four-time world champion Alicia Ashley talk about everything from the risk of brain injuries to the ban on boyfriends in Claressa Shields' life.

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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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