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Women's Olympic Boxing Trials Sponsored by City Gear

Update: 11/02/2015

Sunday afternoon Mikaela Mayer won her last fight against Jajaira Gonzalez, securing her spot on the U.S. Women's Olympic Boxing team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She joins Virginia Fuchs and Claressa Shields to represent the U.S.A. this coming summer. Be sure to watch for these ladies during their quest to bring home the gold. 

Update: 10/30/2015

Thursday night Flyweight Christina Cruz, lightweight Jajaira Gonzalez, and middleweight Tika Hemingway secured a their spot in the matches tonight for the challengers' bracket semifinals. 

Cruz defeated Giovanna Camacho, and she will move on to face Marlen Esparza, bronze medalist in the 2012 Olympic Flyweight division. The winner will face off with Virginia Fuchs in the championship round Saturday, Oct. 31st. The winner will represent the U.S.A. in the 2016 Olympics. 

Baby of the bunch, Jajaira Gonzalez beat Rianna Rios, and she will advance to fight Tiara Brown Friday night. The winner of this fight will take on Mikaela Mayer, and whoever wins this fight will represent the Women's Lightweight division for the U.S. in the Olympics next summer.

Tika Hemingway narrowly beat Franchon Crews in a split decision. Hemingway advances to face off with Raquel Miller for a chance to enter the championship bout with Claressa Shields, 2012 Olympic gold medalist. 

Come to the Memphis Cook Convention Center to witness the semifinal matches tonight Friday, Oct. 30th. The final fights take place Saturday, Oct. 31st, at the Cannon Center at 7 p.m. Join City Gear in supporting these fantastic athletes as they compete for a chance to represent the United States in the 2016 Women's Olympic Boxing in Rio de Janeiro. 

Update: 10/26/2015

Today is the beginning of the Olympic Boxing Trials for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. All 24 of the female athletes have arrived in Memphis, TN, and they are being treated to some southern hospitality while they wait for their first match. 

Marlen Esparza, Mikaela Mayer, and Claressa Shields visited St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on Friday morning. They were allowed to tour the facility. The three distinguished athletes also met a young woman receiving treatment at the hospital. 

On Saturday, all 24 athletes completed their registration, and some of them took a photo together on the observation deck of Bass Pro Shop in downtown Memphis. Sunday morning marked the weigh-in for all of the competitors, and all of them made weight. On Sunday night, the opponents for the first round matches were drawn. The bracket and bout sheets can be found at TeamUSA.org.

The preliminary 12 opening fights will be at 6 p.m. Monday night at the Cook Convention Center. The Olympic final round bouts will be on Saturday at 7p.m. at the Cannon Center. The winners of each weight division on Saturday night will be representing the U.S. in the 2016 Olympics. 

The competition will continue throughout the week with fights at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. including the Olympic Men's Trials Qualifier III. The brackets and bout sheets are available at TeamUSA.org.

Update: 10/22/2015

The U.S. Women's Olympic Boxing Trials begin on Sunday, Oct. 25th. Twenty-four athletes will compete in the event with one winner earning a spot in each of the three women's Olympic weight divisions. Tickets to the event are available at MemphisRoadtoRio.com/tickets. General admission tickets are $15 and VIP are $25. The trials will run from October 25th through the 31st at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Let's take a closer look at the Middleweight division.

The Middleweight division, minimum of 153 pounds to maximum of 165 pounds, is the heaviest tier in the Women's Olympic weight classes. During the 2012 Olympic Games in London, then 17-year-old Claressa Shields won the gold medal for the U.S.A. in the Middleweight division. Shields enters the 2016 Olympic Trials as the World and Pan American Games champion.

Shields' meteoric rise to the gold medal is detailed in the documentary "T-Rex," which is currently screening across the country, and it is schedule to appear on PBS in 2016. It was also screened at SXSW in Austin, TX in March. 

Claressa Shields is not the only champion in these trials. Raquel Miller and Franchon Crews both took home the silver medal in the 2012 World Championship in the welterweight and light heavyweight classes respectively.

Danyelle Wolf is the oldest competitor at 32-years-old, and Iesha Kenney is the youngest athlete in the trials at 17-years-old. Currently a senior in high school, Kenney is a junior and youth World Championships bronze medalist.

Three of the athletes, Claressa Shields, Franchon Crews, and Raquel Miller, found love in boxing. Shields and Miller both have boyfriends in the Men's Olympic Boxing Trials. Crews married professional boxer Glen Dezurn, who is also her coach. 

The Middleweight athletes hold different talents and occupations as well. Danyelle Wolf perfects her body and others as a personal trainer. She also appeared in ESPN the Magazine's Body issue. Tika Hemingway won a silver Medal in the 2012 Olypmic Boxing Trials, then see went to work for the Packaging Corporation of America before returning to try again during these trials. Naomi Graham joined the Army in early 2013, and she is an ammunition specialist. Graham makes the fourth military athlete competing in the trials as a member of U.S. Army's World Class Athlete Program. 

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Update: 10/20/2015

The U.S. Women's Olympic Boxing Trials begin on Sunday, Oct. 25th. Twenty-four athletes will compete in the event with one winner earning a spot in each of the three women's Olympic weight divisions. Tickets to the event are available at MemphisRoadtoRio.com/tickets. General admission tickets are $15 and VIP are $25. The trials will run from October 25th through the 31st at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Let's take a closer look at the Lightweight division. 

The Lightweight division, minimum of 126 pounds to maximum of 132 pounds, is the second tier in the Women's Olympic weight classes. During the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Ireland's Katie Taylor won the gold medal for the Lightweight division. Queen Underwood was the U.S.A.'s contender for the title, but she was unsuccessful. With Underwood not competing during these trials, the spot for 2016 is up for grabs. 

The competitors range in age from Stalacia Leggett at 28-yeas-old to Jajaira Gonzalez at 18-years-old. Some of the women are medalists in their own right. Tiara Brown won a world title in the 2012 World Championships in the featherweight class, and won bronze in the same class in 2014. Mikaela Mayer won the bronze medal in the 2012 World Championships. Shortly before graduating high school, Jajaira Gonzalez won the Youth Olympics gold medal. 

These athletes hold a variety of occupations while they are not competing. Tiara Brown is currently enrolled Washington D.C. Metro Police Academy to become a police officer. Stalacia Leggett is an attorney, who obtained her law degree at the University of California's Hastings College. Amelia Moore earns her living as an accountant and automotive service administrator. Mikaela Mayer was a model before she got into boxing. 

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Update: 10/14/2015

The U.S. Women's Olympic Boxing Trials begin on Sunday, Oct. 25th. Twenty-four athletes will compete in the event with one winner earning a spot in each of the three women's Olympic weight divisions. Tickets to the event are available at MemphisRoadtoRio.com/tickets. General admission tickets are $15 and VIP are $25. The trials will run from October 25th through the 31st at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Let's take a closer look at the Flyweight division. 

The Flyweight division of boxing is the smallest Olympic weight division in women's boxing. The minimum is 107 pounds, and the maximum is 112 pounds for the division. In the 2012 inaugural Women's Olympic Boxing event, Britain's Nicola Adams took home the gold in the Flyweight division, but the U.S.A.'s own Marlen Esparza earned the bronze medal. 

TeamUSA.org has posted interesting facts about some of the competitors for the Flyweight position on the U.S. Olympic team. Four of the athletes, Marlen Esparza, Virginia Fuchs, Christina Cruz, and Alex Love, have all competed in the Olympic Women's Trials before for the 2012 Olympic Games. 

Three of the women have won national titles. Marlen Esparza has won the USA Boxing National Boxing Championship Flyweight title nine times, Christina Cruz won the bantamweight division, and Alex Love won the light flyweight title. Earning a place in boxing history Esparza is the first American to win the Olympic bronze medal. Cruz was the first American female to compete in the Pan American Games. 

Giving a voice to boxing athletes, Alex Love is the representative for all of U.S.A. Boxing on the U.S. Olympic Committee Athlete Advisory Council. She insures the voice of all U.S. Boxing is heard by the council.

The ages for the Flyweight division range for Christina Cruz at 32-years-old to Melanie Costa at 22-years-old. Also outside of boxing the occupations of the athletes vary from Costa's work as an insurance agency receptionist and police matron to Amanda Pavone's skills as a chef to Giovanna Camacho's work as a U.S. Army medical officer. 

Support your the U.S. Women's Olympic Boxing Trials, and buy a ticket from the link above. 

Update: 10/6/2015

The U.S. Women's Olympic Boxing Trials weigh-in is on Sunday, Oct. 25th. Twenty-four athletes will compete in the event with one winner earning a spot in each of the three women's Olympic weight divisions. Tickets to the event are available at MemphisRoadtoRio.com/tickets. General admission tickets are $15 and VIP are $25. The event will run from October 25th through the 31st at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. The competing athletes are listed below.

Flyweight/112 lbs
1. Marlen Esparza, Houston, Texas (USA Boxing National Championships)*
2. Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas (USA Boxing National Championships)
3. Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y. (Olympic Trials Qualifier I)
4. Amanda Pavone, Burlington, Mass. (Olympic Trials Qualifier I)
5. Alex Love, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Olympic Trials Qualifier I)
6. Jamie Mitchell, Las Vegas, Nev. (Olympic Trials Qualifier II)
7. Giovanna Camacho, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Olympic Trials Qualifier II)
8. Melanie Costa, Norton, Mass. (Olympic Trials Qualifier II)

Lightweight/132 lbs
1. Mikaela Mayer, Los Angeles, Calif. (USA Boxing National Championships)
2. Lisa Porter, Van Nuys, Calif. (USA Boxing National Championships)
3. Jajaira Gonzalez, Glendora, Calif. (Olympic Trials Qualifier I)
4. Rianna Rios, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Olympic Trials Qualifier I)
5. Stalacia Leggett, San Diego, Calif. (Olympic Trials Qualifier I)
6. Tiara Brown, Fort Myers, Fla. (Olympic Trials Qualifier II)
7. Samantha Kinchen, Lexington, Ky. (Olympic Trials Qualifier II)
8. Amelia Moore, Millersville, Md. (Olympic Trials Qualifier II)

Middleweight/165 lbs
1. Claressa Shields, Flint, Mich. (USA Boxing National Championships)**
2. Raquel Miller, San Diego, Calif. (USA Boxing National Championships)
3. Tika Hemingway, Brackenridge, Pa. (Olympic Trials Qualifier I)
4. Danyelle Wolf, San Diego, Calif. (Olympic Trials Qualifier I)
5. Naomi Graham, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Olympic Trials Qualifier I)
6. Franchon Crews, Baltimore, Md. (Olympic Trials Qualifier II)
7. Iesha Kenney, Alexandria, Va. (Olympic Trials Qualifier II)
8. Cierra Taylor, Rochester, N.Y. (Olympic Trials Qualifier II)

Event next to name denotes the tournament in which the athlete qualified for the Olympic Trials

* 2012 Olympic bronze medalist

**2012 Olympic gold medalist

 

Update: 9/25/2015

Tuesday, September 22nd Mike Longo, CEO of City Gear, and Brian Young, owner of Prize Fight Boxing in Southaven, went on Memphis's Sports 56 WHBQ during the "Wolo & Peter in the Morning" show. They appeared on the show to promote the U.S. Women's Olympic Boxing Trials taking place in Memphis in October. Listen to the clip for what they had to say. 

Tickets to the event are available at MemphisRoadtoRio.com/tickets. General admission tickets are $15 and VIP are $25. The event will run from October 25th through the 31st at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

Update: 09/21/2015

Congratulations to Ginny Fuchs on winning first in her age group in the Toughest 10k Kemah Bridge in Seabrook, TX this weekend. Follow Ginny on Instagram and Twitter for the latest on her Road to Rio.

Ginny will be in Memphis for the U.S. Women’s Olympic Boxing Trials from October 25th through October 31st at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. 

Update: 09/16/2015

Update: 09/04/15

Monday, August 31st Clay Presley, Director of Marketing at City Gear, and Brian Young, owner of Prize Fight Boxing in Southaven, went on Memphis's Sports 56 WHBQ during the "Wolo & Peter in the Morning" show. They appeared on the show to promote the U.S. Women's Olympic Boxing Trials taking place in Memphis in October. Listen here for what they had to say.

Original: 08/20/15

Hey Sports fans- Memphis has been selected to host Olympic Trials for the U.S. Women’s Boxing Team, and City Gear is proud to be the Title Sponsor for the event. The fighters who win this trial round will have the honor of representing the U.S. in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro so these are matches you can't miss.

This will be the second Women’s Olympic Boxing Team in history as the young sport was introduced to the Olympics in 2012. City Gear is extremely proud to sponsor this final round for the women. This will also be the first time in U.S. history that a returning Olympic medalist competes in the Olympic Trials. Claressa Shields, 2012 Olympic gold medalist, and Marlen Esparza, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist, will compete in the Memphis Trials. Ginny Fuchs, recent Golden Glove Boxing Champ, qualified for the Memphis trials, and will be competing for the Flyweight spot on the Olympic team. U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen is the honorary captain of the U.S. Boxing Team. 

While this is the final round of matches for the women, the U.S. Olympic Team Trial’s for Men’s Boxing will have their semi-final qualifying matches in Memphis as well. The Men’s final trials will be held elsewhere.

City Gear is proud to sponsor this event for the Women’s and Men’s Teams. The events will run from October 25th through the 31st at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Tickets are on sale now, so be sure to grab some and support your U.S. Women’s and Men’s Olympic Boxing Teams

Golden Glove Champ Ginny Fuchs will be competing for a spot on the Olympic Women's Boxing Team.

Left to right: Ginny Fuchs and Mike Longo, CEO of City Gear.

Left to right: Ginny Fuchs, U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen, and Mike Longo.