Women in Boxing

The Foundation has provided more than $400,000 to date to build women’s programs nationally.   

In 2012, the longtime dream of many was realized as women’s boxing was an Olympic sport for the first time and U.S. women were hugely successful.   Seventeen-year-old Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) marked her place in the historic books with the first-ever Olympic gold medal in the women’s middleweight division. Flyweight Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) received a bronze medal as well, giving Team USA two medals in the three women’s weight divisions.   

The Foundation provided financial support for the marketing efforts in 2012 to promote women’s boxing throughout the United States in advance of its first appearance in the Olympics. The marketing plan included a four part women’s poster series, supported by Everlast, and a commemorative women’s boxing magazine to honor the inaugural group of athletes in their quest for Olympic games participation.

Initiatives like this help sustain the growth of amateur boxing... Please donate to the USA Boxing Foundation today.