And the Winners Are

Monday, February 20, 2012

Mikaela Mayer fought six times in as many days to challenge the hometown favorite, Queen Underwood. (Sue Jaye Johnson)

The Olympic Team Trails for female boxing came to an end over the weekend. Each of the three winners went undefeated throughout the week-long tournament. 

They are:

Flyweight boxer Marlen Esparza of Houston, TX

Lightweight boxer Queen Underwood of Seattle, WA

Middleweight boxer Claressa Shields of Flint, Michigan

To make it all the way to the Olympics, the three winners will have to compete with contenders from around the world at the 2012 Women's World Championship in Qinhuangdao, China. There, only the top eight women in each weight class will have a chance to showcase their talent, skill and determination in the 2012 Olympic games.

Sue Jaye Johnson


Claressa Shields, 16 year old boxing sensation, defeated Tika Hemingway twice to win the middleweight division. "It took a long time for it to sink in, what was happening. I am overjoyed," she said later.


Sue Jaye Johnson

Flyweight favorite Marlen Esparza outscored Tyrieshia Douglas to claim her spot on the first ever USA Women's Olympic Boxing Team.

Sue Jaye Johnson
Queen Underwood's family kept the crowd cheering throughout her final match against challenger Mikaela Mayer.


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Comments [2]

mary cheveallier from Louisiana

i,am a 62year young hairdresser of the vintage era but i have enjoyed the girl boxing since before the olympics. i've followed everything that i could about our girls.Claressa has made me laugh with her tweets and her genuinely joyous personality. Marlene with her petiteness, but oh what a fighter. and then there is Queen, who touches my heart. beautiful lady inside and out and a champion in every sense of the word. I'm keeping my ear to the ground and eyes wide open to see where they go from here.God be with each of you.

Sep. 05 2012 12:01 AM
mary cheveallier from louisiana

sometimes the heart and spirit of youth can achieve more then experience and training.

Jul. 04 2012 11:37 PM

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