Sparring with Seattle's 'Queen of the Ring'

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by CHRISTIE JOHNSON / KING 5 News

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Posted on July 5, 2012 at 10:46 AM

She's a 5-time women's boxing national champion from Seattle and now Queen Underwood is set to make history.

The Garfield High School grad won the Women's Boxing Olympic Team Trials in the lightweight division, getting her that much closer to her Olympic dream.
 
"This is history. I'm putting women's boxing on the map and I'm just ready to go out there and do what I have to do to get that gold medal in London," said Underwood.
 
The self proclaimed "Queen of the Ring" heads to China this spring for the World Championships where she has to place in the top eight to qualify for the Summer Games. This is the first time women's boxing will be a sport in the Olympics.
 
"I've worked hard and trained hard for this. It's been a long time coming and I'm excited to get back to my training so I can get that gold" said Underwood.
 
She is making history for women and says that, if she is in London, it will be a special moment in her life.

"It's a feeling that's hard to explain. Representing my country, I've done that, but to be an Olympian and be on that level walking out with all the other Olympians, it's just going to feel amazing."
 
Underwood heads to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs next month for a training camp with the national team head coach and then on to China in May for the World Championships.
 

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