Fort Lauderdale, FL (July 12, 2015) - Ginny Fuchs claimed another championship belt Saturday night after defeating Melissa Parker in the finals of the 2015 National Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament in the 119-pound weight class. Fuchs won a split decision, 3-2, over Parker, her rival who is also a four-time USA national champion.
The Golden Gloves Tournament is a premier amateur boxing tournament that is held annually in conjunction with the Women's Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Fuchs advanced to the championship bout after beating Kelsey Smith, from Georgia, in the semi-finals last Wednesday via TKO in the second round.
"This was a exciting win for me because Melissa Parker is a great fighter and the Golden Gloves Tournament has such a long, prestigious history," Fuchs said. "Now I'm focused on the Olympic Trials and earning a spot on the Olympic team."
Fuchs has already qualified for the 8-person 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials which will be held in Memphis, TN, from October 25-31. Fuchs, who typically fights at the 112-pound weight class, is a graduate of LSU with a degree in kinesiology. The 2016 Olympics, which will be held in Brazil, will only have three weight classes for women's boxing (112, 132, and 165-pound weight classes).
Ginny Fuchs, 27, is a Houston native who lives in Kemah, TX. She trains at the Baby Bull Boxing Academy, in Houston, which is owned by Juan Diaz, the former lightweight boxing champion of the world.