Seattle Boxer Queen Underwood granted Olympic invitation

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by ERIC WILKINSON and TRAVIS PITTMAN / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 18 at 5:36 PM

Seattle boxer Queen Underwood is going to the Olympics after enduring a three week wait that seemed like an eternity.

The Tripartite Commission within the International Amateur Boxing Association announced Monday it would give a wild card berth to the Seattle boxer.

Underwood lost a close bout at the recent World Championships that would have guaranteed her a spot in London, site of the first ever Olympic boxing tournament for women. As a result of that loss, she was forced to wait for weeks before hearing the mysterious commission's decision.

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Underwood was back where she belongs Monday, beating the bags at the gym after the grueling wait.

“I was just waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting, waiting. It was the longest three weeks ever,” said Underwood.

Then she got the word she’d be receiving a phone call Monday morning.
“Tremors in the leg. My heart was pounding. It actually felt like I was about to get into the ring,” she said.

Underwood: 'It really sucks' waiting for Olympic call

The nerves built up because, to focus on the Olympics, Queen had to quit her job as a sprinkler fitter. She’s been living on a shoestring budget and sleeping at a friend’s apartment.

Since losing that last fight, she’s been worried the last nine years of her life may have culminated with a TKO of her Olympic dreams.

Monday, the voice on the other end hit her like a hammer.

“It was just an emotional moment. I just broke down. I couldn't talk. It felt great,” said Underwood. “Now it's all up to me. I've been blessed. God blessed me and now I can just go back to doing what I do.”

Underwood heads out to Colorado Springs next week for more training before the Games.

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