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Youth Rules on the Second Day of Competition at the WSB and World Team Trials

(CHATTANOOGA, TENN.) – The longest session of the WSB and World Championships Team Trial kept the fans entertained throughout the night with a wide array of surprises, outstanding performances and action-packed bouts. Two youth gold medalists defeated older foes while three reigning elite national champions advanced with second round wins. Continue reading

WSB and World Championships Team Trial Competition

Athletes from across the United States traveled to Chattanooga this past weekend in preparation for the WSB and World Championships Team Trial, the first national event of the 2016 Olympic Games qualification process. Nearly 150 athletes will compete for the 10 national titles on the line this week in Tennessee and five weight divisions will begin action tonight at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Continue reading

Team USA’s Marlen Esparza and Claressa Shields Win Gold

The United States’ two 2012 Olympic medalists returned to the podium on Monday with gold medal victories at the 2014 Elite Women’s World Championships in Jeju, South Korea. Olympic champion Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) and Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) both claimed their first elite women’s world titles with final round victories in the major international event at the Halla Gymnasium. The double gold medal performance is the first time the United States squad has ever won two world titles in a single women’s world championships competition. In addition to her first elite world title, Shields received the Outstanding Boxer of the Tournament award following a dominant performance throughout the event.
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Claressa Shields and Marlen Esparza Defeat Familiar Faces

The two historic American women to reach the Olympic podium in London moved up another step on the World Championships medal stand with semifinal wins on Saturday at the Halla Gymnasium in Jeju, South Korea. Olympic champion Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) and Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) both earned strong victories over familiar opponents from the Americas to punch their tickets for their respective championship round bouts. Defending world champion Tiara Brown (Fort Myers, Fla.) lost her featherweight bout on Sunday and will receive a bronze medal in the 2014 event. Continue reading

Marlen Esparza, Tiara Brown and Claressa Shields Clinch Medals

Three of the Team USA’s most decorated female athletes have secured a new piece of hardware for their trophy cases with quarterfinal wins on Friday at the Halla Gymnasium in Jeju, South Korea. 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas), reigning featherweight world champion Tiara Brown (Fort Myers, Fla.) and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) will all compete for a spot in the finals in Jeju on Sunday. Welterweight Danyelle Wolf (San Diego, Calif.), light heavyweight Heidi Henriksen (St. Louis Park, Minn.) and heavyweight Krystal Dixon (New Rochelle, N.Y.) each dropped their quarterfinal matches on Friday. Continue reading

Tiara Brown and Claressa Shields Advance to the Quarterfinal Round at the 2014 Elite Women’s National Championships

Two American boxers familiar with international success each added to their winning streaks on Thursday at the 2014 Elite Women’s World Championships in Jeju, South Korea. 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) and reigning world champion Tiara Brown (Fort Myers, Fla.) enjoyed unanimous decision victories today to move on to Friday’s quarterfinal competition. Light flyweight Alex Love (Fort Carson, Colo.) and light welterweight Destiny Chearino (Warwick, R.I.) dropped close decisions in their preliminary contests on Thursday. Continue reading

Alex Love Advances in World Championships Competition While Two American Boxers Fall in Preliminary Bouts

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Day three of 2014 Elite Women’s World Championships competition in Jeju, Korea, started off in winning fashion for Team USA on Tuesday but unfortunately the American squad couldn’t maintain the momentum in their final two bouts of the day. Light flyweight Alex Love (Fort Carson, Colo.) won her tournament opener in the third bout of the afternoon session to advance on to the next round. Bantamweight Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.) and lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) both dropped their preliminary round contests, eliminating them from the tournament. Continue reading

Team USA Opens 2014 Elite Women’s World Championships with Two Victories in Jeju

Two of Team USA’s most decorated athletes kicked off the 2014 Elite Women’s World Championships with victories in preliminary action on Monday in Jeju, South Korea. Flyweight Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and featherweight Tiara Brown (Fort Myers, Fla.) each opened competition with first round wins to advance in tournament action at the Halla Gymnasium. Continue reading

The Largest Elite Women’s World Championships Tournament in History to Open Competition on Sunday

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Over 300 female athletes from 72 nations across the globe traveled to the beautiful island of Jeju in South Korea for the 2014 Elite Women’s World Boxing Championships, November 16-25. The 2014 tournament is the eighth edition of the event, which began in 2001 in Scranton, Pa. Continue reading

USA Boxing’s Elite Women to Complete World Championships Preparations in Jeju, Korea

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – USA Boxing’s top female boxers arrived in Jeju, South Korea last Thursday ahead of the 2014 Elite Women’s World Championships, November 16-24. The 10 boxers, their accompanying coaches and support staff are currently getting acclimated to their home for the next two weeks and preparing for the start of competition on Sunday, November 16 at the Halla Gymnasium. Continue reading