Queen Underwood retains USA Boxing national crown
Olympian claims seventh boxing title at Northern Quest Resort
The crowd at the Pend Oreille Pavilion at Northern Quest Resort erupted as Queen Underwood made her entrance to the ring. A chant of “Queen of the ring” filled the air as Underwood steps through the ropes and stands at the red corner and waits for her opponent Mikaela Mayer.
Prior to this bout, Underwood faced Mayer in the finals of the 2014 USA Boxing National Championships women’s lightweight (132 pounds) tournament, Jan. 25.
Underwood is no stranger to winning championships in Spokane. Last year she defeated Tiara Brown in the finals of the women’s lightweight tournament. In 2012, she defeated Mayer to win the London Olympic trials and become the first woman representative in the lightweight division at the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
The night before her rematch against Mayer, Underwood battled 2013 USA Boxing Youth National Champion Rashida Ellis in the semifinal round. After four rounds of back-and-forth action, Underwood earned the split-decision victory.
The rematch between Underwood and Mayer quickly turned into a war as both fighters threw quick combinations. Underwood would come off the better of several exchanges in rounds two and three and finished strong in the fourth round. The judges scored it a 2-1 decision win for Underwood, who had captured her seventh national championship.
During the match, some of the cheers and chants came from a table close to one of the neutral corners. This is where Underwood’s family and friends watched the fight.
Underwood’s sister, Hazzauna Underwood, said it can be nerve racking watching her sister compete in the ring but she also felt relaxed, excited and enthused.
Tom Keefe is a friend of the family and owns Howard Street Boxing in Spokane. He said it was a thrill to have Queen back in Spokane.
“She was such an inspiration during the Olympic trials, a real magnetic personality and a great ambassador for the sport of boxing, particularly women’s boxing,” Keffe said.
Underwood had a lot of fan support as she stood on the outside, in addition to her family and loved ones in the audience. Several minutes after she had won her seventh national title, she took pictures and signed autographs for fans.
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USA Boxing winners:
106 pounds/female: Alex Love
108 pounds/male: Leroy Davila
112 pounds/female: Marlen Esparza
114 pounds/male: Malik Jackson
119 pounds/female: Christina Cruz
123 pounds/male: Jarico O’Quinn
125 pounds/female: Tiara Brown
132 pounds/male: Genaro Gamez
132 pounds/female: Queen Underwood
141 pounds/female: Destiny Chearino
141 pounds/male: Abraham Nova
152 pounds/female: Danyelle Wolf
152 pounds/male: Jose Alday
165 pounds/female: Claressa Shields
165 pounds/male: LeShawn Rodriquez
178 pounds/male: Julius Butler
178 pounds/female: Dara Shen
178+ pounds/female: Krystal Dixon
201 pounds/male: Joshua Temple
201+ pounds/male: Cam F. Awesome