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Winner Takes It All — Marlen Esparza Captures Ninth Consecutive National Title

by on Jan.26, 2015, under Boxing News

By Karl Hegman


Photo courtesy of USA Boxing.

Photo courtesy of USA Boxing.

Marlen Esparza made boxing history in Spokane, Washington at the USA National Boxing Championships on Saturday by becoming the sport’s first 9 time National Champion. The determined flyweight gladiator once again fought off a strong challenge from her nemesis, Ginny Fuchs and captured the outstanding fighter award of the tournament.

Esparza out boxed and out hustled Fuchs in a tough battle and has added a new dynamic to her ring style. She is a far more versatile fighter than the one I first encountered some five years ago. She pivoted off of 90 and 45 degree angles and used her torso movement and footwork to slip most of Fuch’s heavy shots.

Esparza countered up the middle and jumped in and scored with lead rights that went unanswered for the most part and flurried to the body when she got in close.

Fuchs would back off whenever she landed a good punch and allowed Marlen to come in and outwork her. I saw the pair spar in Rudy Silva’s gym years ago and I can tell you folks right now they do not like one another.

Fuchs is a good fighter who comes from a good gym with a good trainer, but simply did not let her hands go enough to win this contest. This fight marked the third straight year in which Marlen has defeated southpaw Fuchs for the National Championship.

Marlen is the best female flyweight in the boxing world, amateur or professional. And she can defeat WBA flyweight Champion Alberto Rossel in a four two minute round fight. And I mean do a job on him as I know as I told his trainer that much when I was in Peru last year.

Esparza and Claressa Shields are the two bright spots in USA Boxing. The program has failed as a whole and it would be in their best interests for some medal hauls in 2016 for the male team or else they are going to be put behind the eight ball and this agency may be in troubled times in terms of funding in the future.

I saw the video of the fight today and met up with my old friend Paco at Blanquita’s Mexican Restaurant. Paco does not like to talk about his age, but he has seen all of the greats for the past half century and more.

“The kid Esparza has it all, she is a complete boxer and a puncher. Reminds me of Bobby Chacon.” Paco says. “There is only one winner. Only the crowd loves a good loser. The winner takes it all and the loser takes the fall!”


*Dedicated to the Great Heavyweight Champion Jimmy Ellis. Rest In Peace Brave Warrior.*

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