Memphis, TN (Oct. 31, 2015) – Ginny Fuchs won the championship bout of the U.S. Olympic Boxing Trials tonight, in a split-decision, over Marlen Esparza. Fuchs, who competes in the 112-pound Flyweight division, also defeated Esparza earlier in the week during this double-elimination tournament.
“I have been focused on winning the Olympic Trials ever since 2012,” Fuchs said. “Winning the Trials is a huge accomplishment because everyone in my weight-class was so talented. My goal is to box at the Olympic Games in Rio and this was the first big hurdle that I needed to clear. Now I have to perform well on the international stage in order to qualify for the Olympics.”
Fuchs, as the winner of the U.S. Olympic Trials, does not automatically qualify for the Olympic Games. Fuchs instead advances to the 2016 AIBA Women's Continental Olympic Qualifying Event in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which takes place from March 8-20, 2016. If Fuchs wins that tournament, then she qualifies for the Olympic Games.
If Fuchs does not win the tournament in Argentina, she will have another chance to qualify for the Olympic Games during the 2016 Women's World Boxing Championships, which will be held from May 19-27, in Astana, Kazakhstan. If Fuchs finishes in the top four in Kazakhstan, then she qualifies for the Olympic Games.
There are three weight-classes in women’s boxing at the Olympic Games: Flyweight (112 pounds), Lightweight (132 pounds), and Middleweight (165 pounds). Each weight-class will feature 12 boxers at the Olympic Games.
Overall results for Oct. 31, 2015:
Ginny Fuchs (Kemah, TX) def. Marlen Esparza (Houston, TX); split-decision 2-1