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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. (continue reading…)

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