Seattle boxer training to be 'Queen' of London Olympics



Posted on March 28, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 3 at 11:04 AM

SEATTLE -- She dances and throws punches at the camera, taunting an imaginary opponent.

"I'm Queen Underwood, butt-kicking out here in Seattle Washington. I'm ready to do this."

The smile spreads as she leans in to the lens and channels her idol, Muhammad Ali.

"I'm slick, I'm cool, I'm fast. You don't want any of this!"

The eyes flash in mock anger and pure fun. The fists keep flicking out as she warns the world about the coming of "The Queen of the Ring."

"When I'm out there in the ring, I'm out there moving too fast! Too fast! So don't blink your eyes. You're going to miss me! watch out I'm coming!"

Queen Underwood plans to make some history next year. She wants to be the first woman to win an Olympic boxing gold medal.

The Seattle native and Garfield High School track standout is 26-years-old and ecstatic that her sport has been approved for inclusion in the London Olympics. She sees it as an opportunity to step out, to make a statement about herself and her sport, to do for boxing what "The Greatest" did for the sport decades ago.

"He had the talk and the gift of the gab," she says of Ali. "That's when boxing was big time. I thought of myself to maybe bring it back, take some of that good footwork out in the ring and show some quick moves and bring it back. Bring boxing back, put boxing back on the map. This time, woman style."

Queen trains at Cappy's Boxing Gym in Seattle's Central District. Cappy Kotz runs the gym and is Queen's head coach. He says she's tough, disciplined and totally focused on getting to the Olympics and winning.

"She's not only naturally physically talented but she has the mental ability to do what it takes," said Cappy.

Queen says she's a fighter only in the ring. Outside the ropes with her friends or coaches, she describes herself as "cavity sweet," a demeanor that changes when she puts on the gloves.

"In the ring it's a whole 'nother level. We're fighting over the same wants and dreams. So, you know, it gets a little bit rough in there."

But not rough enough to keep her out of the sport, certainly not with the Olympics looming and the chance to explode on the world and let everybody know Queen Underwood is here.


Queen Underwood's website