Marlen Esparza

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Marlen Esparza
Marlen Esparza - Olympic Medal winner at ALMA Awards (cropped).jpg
Esparza at the 2012 ALMA Awards
112 lb (51 kg)[1]
Height5 ft 3 in (1.60 m) [2]
Born (1989-07-29) July 29, 1989 (age 29)[1][2]
Houston, Texas, U.S.[2]
Boxing record
Total fights5
Wins by KO1

Marlen Esparza (born July 29, 1989)[1][2][3] is an American boxer. In May 2012, she qualified to compete at the 2012 Olympics, becoming the first American woman to qualify for the Olympics in the first year that women's boxing was an Olympic event. She won the bronze medal in the women's flyweight division at the 2012 Olympics in London.

Esparza graduated from Pasadena High School in Pasadena, Texas in 2007.[4] Esparza won a bronze medal at the 2006 Women's World Boxing Championship,[3] gold at the 2014 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships, and bronze at the 2016 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships.

Esparza has an endorsement deal with CoverGirl cosmetics.[5] She also appeared in a Spanish-language commercial for Coca-Cola.[6] In addition, she collaborated with animal rights group PETA and posed in an ad to urge the public to speak up for abused animals.[7]

Esparza was the subject of Soledad O'Brien's 2011 CNN documentary In Her Corner: Latino in America 2.[8] She was the subject of an extensive profile in the June 2012 issue of The Atlantic[5] which discusses in detail her childhood, education, and her intense commitment to competition and training.

Marlen Esparza was voted the Houston Fighter Of The Year (an award that encompasses both professional and amateur boxers) for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. In December 2016 she signed a contract with Golden Boy Promotions, and she made her pro debut on ESPN's March 23, 2017 opening card of a multi-year deal with Golden Boy. She won that fight, which was against Rachel Sazoff.[9]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
5 fights 5 wins 0 losses
By knockout 1 0
By decision 4 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
5 Win 5–0 France Laetizia Campana TKO 3 6 Apr 2018 United States Belasco Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA
4 Win 4–0 Mexico Karla Valenzuela PTS 6 14 Dec 2017 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Palm Springs, California, USA
3 Win 3–0 Mexico Aracely Palacios PTS 6 16 Sep 2017 United States T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, USA
2 Win 2–0 United States Samantha Salazar PTS 4 6 May 2017 United States T-Mobile Arena, Paradise, Nevada, USA
1 Win 1–0 United States Rachel Sazoff PTS 4 23 Mar 2017 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Palm Springs, California, USA Professional debut


  1. ^ a b c Bearak, Barry (May 15, 2012). "U.S. Has Its First Female Olympic Boxer". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2012-05-19. Retrieved May 27, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "Marlen Esparza". NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 2012-06-06. Retrieved 2012-06-06.
  3. ^ a b "Team USA: Marlen Esparza". United States Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 2012-05-30.
  4. ^ Rich, Nathaniel (July 9, 2012). "Marlen Esparza: Going the Distance". Vogue. Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Aleksander, Irina (June 2012). "American Sweetheart". The Atlantic. Archived from the original on 2012-06-10. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  6. ^ Kallen, Jackie (May 24, 2012). "Jackie Kallen on Women's Olympic Boxing: Marlen Esparza". Boxing Insider. Archived from the original on 2012-05-29. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  7. ^ Torres, Ignacio (January 29, 2013). "Olympic boxer Marlen Esparza is ready to fight animal cruelty". Archived from the original on 2018-07-22. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  8. ^ "Latino in America 2: In Her Corner – Educator and Parent Guide". CNN. September 22, 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-06-21. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
  9. ^ "Esparza cruises to victory in professional debut". Archived from the original on 2017-03-28. Retrieved 2017-03-28.

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