Two women boxers with former ties to Cappy’s Boxing Gym at 21st and Union took home the gold at the USA boxing championships over the weekend.
Jen Hamann is a rising star who has has been training with Arcaro Boxing (see this post describing their tough work together leading up to the championships). She brings home the featherweight gold.
Garfield grad Queen Underwood, who fought in the 2012 Olympics, continued her success in the ring, bringing home the lightweight gold.
The featherweight division had the most competitors in the women’s field and the two females left standing on Saturday faced off in the final round bout. Jennifer Hamann (Seattle, Wash.) and Rianna Rios (Alice, Texas) boxed for gold in the fifth bout of evening competition. Hamann claimed the first title of the event for the host state, winning a 2-1 decision over Rios to win gold.
One of the most highly anticipated bouts of the night was contested in the women’s lightweight division as 2012 U.S. Olympian Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) battled reigning featherweight world champion Tiara Brown (Fort Myers, Fla.). The momentum swayed between the two elite fighters throughout the eight minutes of competition with both boxers landing strong clean punches. With the strong local support from her sister, nieces and nephews decked out in their Queen Underwood t-shirts, the 2012 Olympian won a split decision victory over Brown, 2-1, to claim her sixth USA Boxing National Championship title.
a full album from Hamann’s Oct. 2012 victory at the Central District Boxing Revival (shown above) can be seen here:
If you want to train with Queen Underwood, she left Cappy’s and is now at LA Boxing in Roosevelt (http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-boxing-seattle)
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