By Jueseppi B.
Marlen Esparza became the first American female boxer to qualify for the London Olympics, while the chances for the two United States fighters in the other weight classes, Quanitta Underwood and Claressa Shields, have been left hanging by a thread.
Women’s boxing will make its debut as an Olympic event at this summer’s Games. There are 10 weight divisions for men, but only three for women: featherweight, 112 pounds; lightweight, 132 pounds; and middleweight, 165 pounds.
Twenty-four of the 36 Olympic qualifiers will be determined this week at the women’s world boxing championships in Qinhuangdao, China. Advancing in the tournament is one criterion. Geographical distribution is another.
Esparza, 22, of Houston qualified for the Olympics on…
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