Spokane, WA (Jan. 23, 2015) - Houston's Ginny Fuchs defeated Alexandria Love tonight, in a unanimous decision, in the semi-finals of the U.S. Boxing Elite National Championships. This is the nation's premier amateur boxing tournament which is used to determine the 2015 national champion at each weight class.
Fuchs will now face Marlen Esparza in the championship fight on Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. (Central time). Esparza, the former Houstonian, advanced with a victory over Melissa Parker. This will be the third consecutive year that Fuchs and Esparza will meet in the championship fight of this tournament. Esparza won on both previous occasions including a split-decision victory in 2013. Fuchs and Esparza last fought on Oct. 4, 2014, in the Police Athletic League tournament in California. Esparza won that fight even though Fuchs knocked Esparza to the ground in the second round.
By advancing to the finals of the U.S. Boxing Elite National Championships, Fuchs and Esparza both automatically qualify for the 8-person U.S. Olympic Trials which will be held in October or November 2015. The 2016 Olympics, which will held in Brazil, will only have three weight classes for women's boxing (112, 132, and 165-pound weight classes).