Queen Underwood had to fight back from behind to pull out a close win to defend her USA National Championship title. She has now held the title for five years in a row.
The title bout was close, but the Garfield High alumna pulled out a 23-21 victory over Tiara Brown to retain her title in the 132-pound weight class. The win gives her another boost in her quest for 2012 Olympic gold.
Underwood fought five bouts in six days in Colorado Springs last week to win the title. She came out swinging hard and made her mark early as she stopped several of her first opponents (“stopping” an opponent is the amateur boxing equivalent of a knockout).
The Queen’s post-championship rest will be brief before she gets back to Cappy’s Boxing Gym to continue her training.