Women boxers fighting for a future

Updated: August 7, 2012, 3:53 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford

LONDON -- Flyweight Marlen Esparza moves the way a hornet would if it stood upright and wore size-5 shoes. Middleweight Claressa Shields has the lethal aura of a big cat lying in wait, then striking more quickly than the eye can follow.

Esparza is tactical and calculating. Shields embodies power and emotion. Separately and together, they're figurative descendants of the American titans whose personalities -- as big as any cross or uppercut -- have historically captured the imaginations ...

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