The draw is impartial, but it has created at least one tough pathway for a fighter who is in my Top 5 Women to Watch this year in London’s 2012 Olympic games.
Queen Underwood is no stranger to a challenge, and she has her work cut out for her in the women’s lightweight bracket. She faces home crowd favorite Natasha Jones of Great Britain, in what promises to be one of the most exciting fights of the Games. Click here for a quick little vid of Natasha in training.
If Underwood can snag the W, she goes on to what will arguably be the biggest contention of the Olympic women’s battle, facing Irish world champion Katie Taylor.
I haven’t written much about my middleweight favorites, but in addition to Team USA’s Clarissa Shields you should definitely keep a sharp eye on Mary Spencer of Canada, who by virtue of her bye is precisely one bout away from a guaranteed bronze medal. And since Savanna Marshall — who became Britian’s first women’s world champion on her 21st birthday – has the home field advantage, she’ll also have a slight edge on the competition.
Women’s Flyweight (112 lbs/51kg) Bouts
Ren Cancan (China) vs BYE
Elena Savelyeva (Russia) vs Hye Song Kim (North Korea)
Erica Matos (Brazil) vs Karlha Macliocco (Venezuela)
Marlen Esparza (United States) vs BYE
Maroua Rahali (Tunisia) vs BYE
Karolina Michalczuk (Poland) vs Mary Kom (India)
Stoyka Petrova (Bulgaria) vs Siona Fernandes (New Zealand)
Nicola Adams (Great Britain) vs BYE
Read more about the 2012 Olympic women’s flyweight boxers here.
Women’s Lightweight (132 lbs/60kg)
Katie Taylor (Ireland) vs BYE
Queen Underwood (United States) vs Natasha Jones (Great Britain)
Mihaela Lacatus (Romania) vs Cheng Dong (China)
Mavzuna Choriyeva (Tajikistan) vs BYE
Mahjouba Oubtil (Morocco) vs BYE
Adriana Araujo (Brazil) vs Saida Khassenova (Kazakhstan)
Alexis Pritchard (New Zealand) vs Rim Jouini (Tunisia)
Sofya Ochigava (Russia) vs BYE
Read more about the 2012 Olympic women’s lightweight boxers here.
Women’s Middleweight (165 lbs/75kg)
Savannah Marshall (Great Britain) vs BYE
Marina Volnova (Kazakhstan) vs Elizabeth Andiego (Kenya)
Anna Laurell (Sweden) vs Naomi-Lee Fischer-Rashmussen (Australia)
Claressa Shields (United States) vs BYE
Mary Spencer (Canada) vs BYE
Roseli Feitosa (Brazil) vs Jinzi Li (China)
Yelena Vystropova (Azerbaijan) vs Edith Ogoke (Nigeria)
Nadezda Torlopova (Russia) vs BYE
Read more about the 2012 Olympic women’s middleweight boxers here.
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