Queen Underwood was hoping to make Olympic history as the first American woman to win a boxing medal. That won't happen, but her name will go down in the record books nonetheless.
Underwood faced Great Britain's Natasha Jones at London's ExCel arena on Sunday in the first day of women's boxing in Olympic history. The 28-year-old lightweight from Seattle lost the bout 21-13 to the highly regarded Jones, and thus became the first American woman to lose a boxing match in the history of the Games.
Sunday was the first day of women's boxing at the London Games, and Jones showed why she's one of the favorites. Jones held a razor-thin margin of 14-12 heading into the fourth round.
Underwood came out quickly in the fourth, but soon looked tired and Jones took advantage, dominating the round 8-1.
Underwood won five national titles and a bronze medal at the 2010 world championships, but she was simply outmatched against Jones.
Thirty-six female boxers will compete in London this year, and the United States still has flyweight Marlen Esparza and middleweight Claressa Shields left to fight. Esparza and Shields will both have their first bout on Monday.
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