COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (October
25, 2015) - The premier national tournament in women's boxing
begins tomorrow and all of the participants have arrived in
Memphis for the 2016 Olympic Trials for Women's Boxing. The 24
competitors are enjoying a little southern hospitality while
going through final preparations for the event, which opens
competition on Monday at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.
(From L to R: Marlen Esparza, Mikaela Mayer, and Claressa
Shields in front of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital)
2012 Olympic bronze medalist
Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas), 2015 national champion Mikaela
Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) and 2012 Olympic gold medalist
Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) touched down in Memphis on
Thursday prior to making a special visit to St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital on Friday morning. The three athletes got the
opportunity to see the world renowned facility and meet a
special young woman receiving treatment at the hospital.
On Saturday, the 24 competitors
completed their on-site registration before taking a
commemorative photo overlooking downtown Memphis on the
observation deck at the world's largest Bass Pro Shop. All of
the athletes successfully made weight at the general weigh-in on
Sunday morning and will await word on their first round
opponents, which will be determined at the official draw at 6:30
p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Memphis East.
Preliminary round competition will start at 6 p.m. on Monday
with 12 opening round bouts at the Cook Convention Center.
Olympic Trials competition will continue at 6 p.m. nightly
through Friday and the final round bouts will take place at 7
p.m. at the Cannon Center on Saturday. The event is a double
elimination tournament with the winners in each of the three
women's Olympic weight divisions earning the right to represent
the United States in the international Olympic qualifiers.
The 24 Olympic Trials participants earned their berths in the
event in one of three qualifying tournaments beginning with the
2015 USA Boxing National Championships in January. The two
finalists from the national championships and top three
finishers from qualifying tournaments in June and September all
earned spots in the Olympic Trials. For more information on the
Olympic qualifying process for both male and female athletes, go