Colorado Springs, Colorado (CNN) — A high school gym erupts with cheers as the announcer introduces the women fighting to be the nation’s top amateur boxers. Names like Esparza, Cruz and Estrada sound out over the PA system, as young Latinas with impressively defined arms take to the ring.
The top four boxers who medaled at the National Championships in late June have a rare distinction this year: Women’s boxing has been added to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The traditionally male sport of boxing was the only summer sport at the Olympics without a female counterpart. The last great domain of men in sports is about to crumble, and a bunch of Latinas, flyweight boxers who tip the scales at no more than 112 pounds, are leading the way
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