Boxer Queen Underwood playing tough waiting game

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by ALLEN SCHAUFFLER / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 8:04 AM

She's a woman used to training, fighting, taking action. And right now all she can do is wait.

"It sucks," said boxer Queen Underwood. "I have been training for this for years. Being at the top and having it all taken away from me...it really was devastating."

The Seattle native and Garfield High product lost a fight at the recent World Championships that would have guaranteed her a spot in London, at the first ever Olympic boxing tournament for women.

She lost by a single point and her world turned upside down.

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"I just balled my eyes out. I do put a lot of pressure on myself. I do take the blame for a lot of it, for all of it," she said.

Now she has to wait for an obscure group known as the "Tripartite Commission" within the International Amateur Boxing Association to hand out a few precious invitations to fill out the field. But nobody, not even her own Association USA Boxing, can tell her who's on that commission, when they'll announce a decision or exactly what criteria they'll use.

A USA Boxing representative tells KING 5  three more slots could be awarded for the region of the America's (North, South and Central), but it's not clear whether those will be spread evenly among the three women's weight-classes, be distributed geographically, or be awarded based on past performance.

What’s more, USA Boxing now says it could be July before they get an answer.

"Absolutely insane" is the way the Association's Julie Goldsticker describes the situation. She says she has been trying to get details about the selection process from the International Association for weeks, with no progress.

As for Queen, she's doing her best to stay upbeat as the excruciating and frankly Kafka-esque waiting-game plays out. She took a week off of training after returning from the World Championships and has been getting a lot of love and support from King, her bull mastiff.

"A lot of love," she said with a grin, "He's just in my face giving me all the attention I need."

Now she plans to get back in the gym and keep training as if she's already gotten the call. But whether it's good news or bad, that call can't come soon enough.

"Yeah I fell short. But sometimes things like that happen. You have to be able to move on and stay strong and not give up on yourself," she said.

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