Strong US squad is ready for the Games
The female part of boxing has been involved to the official Olympic program following the positive decision of the International Olympic Committee in 2009 which generated a huge development of the sport. The women boxing is very popular in the United States of America and they have got high number of talents in each age groups from schoolgirls up to the elite athletes. Their fighters won several medals in the last editions of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships while they were able to achieve two medals including one gold in the London 2012 Olympics as well.
US female flyweight No.1 (51 kg) is Marlen Esparza who was bronze medallist at the 2006 AIBA Women’s World Championships in New Delhi, India when she was only 17. Since then she is member of the national elite squad and repeated the same performance at the London 2012 Olympics which was the historical appearance of women boxing. Esparza has claimed the gold medal at the last AMBC American Women’s Continental Championships in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela and her preparation was successful for the World Combat Games. She has been boxing since 2002 and her attitude is the greatest asset in the ring. Esparza sleeps with teddy bears but she is a real warrior in the contests.
Queen Underwood became famous in the world’s women boxing life when she almost defeated Ireland’s four-time World Champion national hero Katie Taylor in the semi-finals of the 2010 AIBA Women’s World Championships in Bridgetown, Barbados. The 29-year-old lightweight (60 kg) hope won the 2012 US Olympic Trials and received the right to compete in the London Games. The Seattle-based fighter also won the 2013 AMBC American Women’s Continental Championships in Venezuela. Underwood loves hot sauces on everything while her heart is big during the contests and this saves her in the final round.
United States’ has got an extremely huge female boxing talent Claressa Shields who was gold medallist at the London 2012 Olympics at the age of 17 but following the new AIBA rules she can re-join to the elite level after her youth ages next year. In her absence another star competitor AIBA Women’s World Championships silver medallist Franchon Crews will be the third female boxer of the US delegation at the middleweight (75 kg) class. She is member of the national squad since 2005 and has got high number of international contests to beat all of her rivals in St. Petersburg. The 26-year-old Crews likes the animation movies such as the Happy Feet and the Lion King while she is writing songs outside of her boxing career.
There will be six young male boxers in the US team and among them Youth Olympian Joshua Temple is the biggest name. The 21-year-old heavyweight (91 kg) class boxer trains with coach Al Mitchell in St. Louis, Missouri and has got the biggest expectations in their male squad. Further US National Championships silver medallists have been selected to take part in the Games: Leopoldo Martinez (49 kg), 19-year-old Stephen Fulton Jr. (56 kg), Cresencio Ramos (60 kg), Nicholas Jefferson (64 kg) and Tony Losey (69 kg).