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Adam Pollack on Women’s Olympic Boxing So Far…

by on Aug.08, 2012, under Boxing News

I was very impressed with Marlen Esparza’s performance. Her speed was excellent, and her footwork, ring generalship, and head movement were all pin point. Her guard was the best of all the Americans thus far. She could get back to guard just a tad faster and throw her punches in a bit more compact fashion, but that is nit picking. Overall, beautiful first fight.

What concerns me, once again, is the fact that in a bout in which it appeared to me that she was utterly dominating, the judges only had her winning by one or two blows per round, which is ridiculous. That tells me that in a closer fight, the judges will find a way to have her losing. At least that’s the skeptic in me talking, but it is based on the evidence I have obtained by watching the tournament bouts thus far. What makes it even sadder is the fact that the AIBA judges can’t use style as an excuse, because Esparza has that international outside boxing style they seem to love for everyone else, except when Americans do it.

Claressa Shields once again showed me her strength, speed, tenacity and determination in winning her bout as well. Plus she did something that is rare in this tournament, which is come from behind to win. Her biggest mistake in that bout was throwing her punches from a bit too far away. If she uses a bit more footwork before throwing, and maintaining her guard a touch longer, that would serve her well. Also, she should be more honest and consistent with her guard and not just rely on pure head movement. Again, minor quibbles, but could make the difference in a bout with the best. Ultimately, that was a very entertaining bout, one of the better ones I have seen. I thought Shields was basically in control for most of the bout, but the judges were not showing her much love until the last round.

Katie Taylor, the Irish star, against Brit Natasha Jonas, who had defeated the U.S.’s Queen Underwood, was not only an excellent bout, perhaps the best of the tournament, but it got the crowd rocking and fired up more than any other in the tournament, male or female. Fun fight.

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