It hasn’t been long since NY Fights documented award-winning photographer Emily Harney stepping foot inside the ring. We just couldn’t stop thinking about how impressive Harney was with the gloves on instead of operating a camera. Truth is, female boxers don’t get the same attention as male boxers, so it led us to thinking about all the badass female boxers who are paving the way for other women who want to break into the world of boxing. So without further ado, let’s take a look at five female boxers who deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments.
(image: Marlen Esparza Instagram]
When female boxing officially became part of the Olympics in 2012, ESPN noted that Marlen Esparza was the first American woman to qualify and immediately snagged a bronze medal in the flyweight division. No stranger to winning awards, the 29-year old was named Houston Fighter of the Year for five consecutive years since 2010. But her biggest accomplishment to date was taking home the gold in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in 2014.