Marlen Esparza

USA Boxing

  • 2012
Weight class: Flyweight/112 lbs
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Birthdate: July 29, 1989
Height: 5-2
Coaches: Brian Swartz, Mike Bazzle and Pedro Roque
Occupation: Boxer and public speaker
Began boxing: In 2001, because my dad was a big boxing fan so she grew up around it and wanted to try it out. I was given the choice to take dance or box and chose boxing.
Most memorable career achievement: Being the first flyweight to represent the United States in the 2012 Olympic debut of women’s boxing and subsequently winning a bronze medal at the Olympic Games in London.
Biggest inspiration: God, who has taught me how to center myself and be the best person I can be for myself and everyone around me.
Greatest asset in the ring: My attitude
If I wasn't boxing, I would be: In school full-time
Biggest motivation: Winning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games
Did you know?
  • She is scared of rubber bands
  • She sleeps with teddy bears
  • She hates eggs
  • She is a horrible singer 
  • In high school, she was her Student Body President and graduated in the top 2% of her class
  • Favorite TV show:  The Simpsons, House
  • She holds the record for
2014 USA BOXING NATIONAL CHAMPION
2013 USA BOXING NATIONAL CHAMPION
2012 OLYMPIC BRONZE MEDALIST (first American female flyweight representative and medalist in the Olympics)

2011 NATIONAL CHAMPION
2010 NATIONAL CHAMPION
2009 NATIONAL CHAMPION
2008 NATIONAL CHAMPION
2007 NATIONAL CHAMPION
2006 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS BRONZE MEDALIST
2006 NATIONAL CHAMPION


2013
USA Boxing National Championships: dec. Virgina Fuchs, Kemah, Texas, 2-1 in finals 
Women Continental Championships: dec Marquez Clelia, BRA, 20-11 in finals 

2012
Olympic Games: lost on points to Cancan Ren, CHI, 10-8 in semifinals 
London Olympic Trials: dec. Tyrieshia Douglas, Baltimore, Md., 32-17 in finals
AIBA Women World Championships: lost on points to Cancan Ren, CHI, 16-8 in quarterfinals
Pan American Championships: dec. Erica Matos, BRA, 16-10 in finals

2011
USA Boxing National Championships: dec. Tyrieshia Douglas, Baltimore, Md., 27-16, in finals

2010
USA Boxing National Championships: dec. Tyrieshia Douglas, Baltimore, Md., 15-7 in finals
AIBA Women World Championships: lost on points to Peamwilai laopeam, THA, 5-3 in third preliminary round 

2009
USA Boxing National Championships: dec. Marina Ramirez, Parma, ID, 21-1 in finals
Pan American Championships: lost on points to Thais Silva, BRA, 19-11 in semifinals 

2008
U.S. Future Stars National Championships: dec. Melissa McMorow, San Francisco, Calif., 26-7 in finals 
AIBA Women World Championships: lost on points to Jenny Haedingz, SWE, 10-2 in preliminaries
Pan American Championships: dec. Daniela Souza, BRA, 14-2 in finals

2007
USA Boxing National Championships: dec. Melissa McMurrow, San Francisco, Calif., 23-22, in finals 
Pan American Championships: lost on points to Jessica Bopp, ARG, 17-4 in finals 
 
2006
World Championships: stopped by Ri Jong Hyang, PRK, RSCO-1 in semifinals 
USA Boxing National Championships: dec. Michelle Turner, 18-12, in the finals

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