[Updates] History in the Making: Top 5 Women Olympic Boxers to Watch


Marlen Esparza, USA

While Queen Underwood is my personal favorite from Team USA, the rest of the nation's eyes are probably more focused on 22-year-old flyweight Marlen Esparza, who has won 7 national championships and was the first to qualify for an Olympic slot for the U.S.

Esparza grew up watching Julio Cesar Chavez fight on television, and she has much of his lightning-fast speed. She knows that when fighting outside the U.S., boxing styles differ, and she's ready for the challenge. “In the U.S., you stay flat and hit with power. Outside the U.S., you try to bounce and be quick,” explained Esparza.

Esparza is definitely the media darling of the bunch, with a McDonald's commercial, story in Vogue magazine, and sponsorships from CoverGirl, Nike, and Coca-Cola.

Click here to see Marlen Esparza on Facebook.

Also watch out for Claressa Shields

Claressa "T-Rex" Shields, the third fighter for Team USA, is not in my top faves, but she might just surprise the watching world by snagging a medal.

At 17, she's the youngest on the U.S. team, and she boasted a 26-0 record until suffering her first loss on the road to qualifying for the London games. But she prevailed against the odds, and now she's bouncing determinedly in her corner, waiting for her shot at victory.

There's a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the documentary about Shields currently being proposed by LA team Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari, and Sue Johnson.


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