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Bout Time
SARAH KWAK
July 23, 2012
After a decade as an amateur sport with organized world championships, women's boxing finally steps into the Olympic ring. Thirty-six female fighters from 24 countries in three weight classes (flyweight, lightweight and middleweight) will square off in bouts consisting of four two-minute rounds (compared to three three-minute rounds for the men). Flyweight Marlen Esparza (left, in red) and lightweight Queen Underwood are former world bronze medalists. Joining them on this year's U.S. team is a rising star, 17-year-old middleweight Claressa Shields.
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July 23, 2012

Bout Time

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After a decade as an amateur sport with organized world championships, women's boxing finally steps into the Olympic ring. Thirty-six female fighters from 24 countries in three weight classes (flyweight, lightweight and middleweight) will square off in bouts consisting of four two-minute rounds (compared to three three-minute rounds for the men). Flyweight Marlen Esparza (left, in red) and lightweight Queen Underwood are former world bronze medalists. Joining them on this year's U.S. team is a rising star, 17-year-old middleweight Claressa Shields.

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