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Making weight key to boxers' Olympic dreams

Updated: February 15, 2012, 11:33 AM ET
Associated Press

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. -- After slugging away for years in the unglamorous ranks of amateur women's boxing, Marlen Esparza was thrilled when her sport finally became an Olympic one.

But the invitation to London came with a catch: The petite, 106-pound national champion from Houston would have to gain six pounds to compete against bigger, stronger women if she wanted to qualify.

"It was another mountain to climb," said Esparza, who fights Tuesday night to try to win a spot on ...

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