Name: Marlen Esparza
Weight Class: Flyweight/112 Pounds/51 kg
Birth Year: 1989
Coach: Rudy Silva
Club: Elite Boxing
School: Pasadena High School
Began Boxing: 2002
Career Highlight: Winning a bronze medal in 2006 World Championships and winning gold in 2008 Pan American Games.
Who is your biggest influence and why: My father because he brought me to the sport and my trainer, Rudy Silva, for keeping me in it.
How did you get involved in boxing: My father always loved boxing. I gew up watching boxing with him and I decided to try it.
Greatest strength in the ring: Stamina
Other sports: Volleyball, basketball, cross-country, track, swiming
Loves most about boxing: Competing and how difficult it is
Goals in and out of the ring: Be a part of the women's first Olympic Team, or win a gold medal at a world tournament. Finish college.
Favorite movie: Blood in Blood Out
Favorite TV show: The Simpsons, House
What are your hobbies outside of boxing: Running and eating
What is something interesting about you that most people don't know: Marlen was her Student Body President and graduated in the top 2% of her class
2011 NATIONAL CHAMPION
2010 NATIONAL CHAMPION
2009 NATIONAL CHAMPION
2008 NATIONAL CHAMPION
2007 NATIONAL CHAMPION
2006 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS BRONZE MEDALIST
2006 NATIONAL CHAMPION
USA Boxing National Championships: won on walkover over Tiffany Perez, Hammond, N.D., W/O, in the preliminaries; dec. Alex Love, Monroe, Wash., 13-7, in the second round; dec. Cynthia Moreno, Phoenix, Ariz., 25-15 in the quarterfinals; dec. Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y., 9-3, in the semifinals; dec. Tyrieshia Douglas, Baltimore, Md., 27-16, in the finals.
USA Boxing National Championships: dec. Marina Ramirez, Parma, ID, 21-1 in the finals
U.S. Future Stars National Championships
dec. Katherine Rodriguez, Riverside, Calif., 31-11 in semifinals; dec. Melissa McMorow, San Francisco, Calif., 26-7 in finals for gold
AIBA Women World Championships: lost on points to Jenny Haedingz, SWE, 10-2 in preliminaries
U.S. Championships: won on walkover over Victoria Romero, Colorado, W/O, in semifianls; dec. Melissa McMurrow, San Francisco, Calif., 23-22, in finals for 1st.
World Championships: dec. Gulseda Bulibutun, TUR, 24-23; stopped Jenny Hardingz, SWE, RSCO-2; stopped by Ri Jong Hyang, PRK, in semifinals for 3rd
U.S. Championships: won on walkover over Diana Torres, W/O, in semifinals; dec. Michelle Turner, 18-12, in finals for 1st.