August 9th, 2012 By Kevin Perry
FEMALE OLYMPIAN CLARISSA SHIELDS WINS ONLY AMERICAN GOLD MEDAL
ESPARZA TAKES HOME THE BRONZE
Marlen Esparza of Texas, fought valiantly but had to settle for a Bronze medal in the flyweight (112 lb.) division in what was a close but controversial decision loss in the semifinal to Ren Cancan of China, the world amateur champion and favorite coming in. The Chinese fighter who had a two point lead going into the fourth and final round, landed no significant blows yet still managed to be awarded two scoring blows in the final stanza by the judges, in a round that Esparza clearly won. The final round was scored 2-2. Esparza, who claims that this will be her final bout as she is retiring from boxing to go to school, lost 10-8. Congratulations to the USA’s medal winners in boxing. As Pedro Fernandez put it, the idea of just three weight classes in female boxing, 112, 132, 165 lbs., is oppressive at the least, discriminatory at the most.