And the Winners Are

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.

 

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