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Seattle Olympic Boxer
Mon August 6, 2012
Seattle Boxer Takes Historic Step Into Ring, If Not The Gold
Fans of Seattle boxer Queen Underwood hope a disappointing outcome in London won’t keep her from trying again at the 2016 Olympics. Underwood lost her opening bout Sunday in the first Olympics to open up boxing to women.
The London 2012 Games are the first to have gender parity in all 26 summer sports. And the USA's first women’s boxing team included Seattle’s champion lightweight fighter Queen Underwood.
But London’s own local favorite Natasha Jonas proved tough competition on Sunday. The British fighter beat out Underwood 21 to 13.
Cap Kotz owns Cappy’s Boxing Gym in Seattle, where Underwood first learned to box nine years ago. Kotz saw the disappointment on her face after the bout, but he hopes Underwood will consider taking another jab at the Olympics.
“And I know another four years is huge, but I wish she would do it," Kotz says. "I don’t think we’ve even seen the tip of the iceberg of her skill.”
In an interview with NBC after the bout, Underwood said her immediate plans were to ride out the London games cheering on her teammates, both male and female. She told her Facebook fans she put her best foot forward for what she called “one hell of a ride.”
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