Virginia Fuchs

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Virginia Fuchs
Personal information
National teamUSA Boxing
BornMarch 9, 1988
Houston, TX
EducationLouisiana State University
Height5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Weight112 lb (51 kg; 8 st 0 lb)
Websitehttp://www.ginnyfuchs.com/
Sport
SportBoxing
Weight classFlyweight

Virginia "Ginny" Fuchs (born March 9, 1988) is an American flyweight boxer and southpaw from Houston, Texas. [1]

Early life and education[edit]

Fuchs was born in Houston, Texas. Fuchs became interested in sports at a young age and played soccer, softball, and basketball as a child. She attended Episcopal High School where she ran track and cross-country.[1][2]

Her athletic abilities earned her an invitation for walk-on spot on the track and cross-country team at Louisiana State University. Fuchs graduated from LSU in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology.[3]

Boxing career[edit]

Fuchs first tried boxing her sophomore year of college to stay in shape for cross-country. After a coach took interest in her, she dedicated her focus to boxing in 2008. She trained for a year before her first fight, which she won.[2]

She began to compete at the state level and won three Louisiana state Golden Gloves, and later won a national Golden Gloves title in 2015. Fuchs is a finalist for the US National Tournament for 2013, 2014, and 2015.[1][4]

When it was announced that women’s boxing would be added to the 2012 Olympic Games, Fuchs tried for a spot on the USA Boxing team, but American flyweight boxer and Olympic medalist Marlen Esparza received the only flyweight position. Fuchs finished fourth at the Olympic Test Event.[3][2]

Fuchs trained for the next Olympic Test Event at Baby Bull Boxing Academy, founded by American professional boxer Juan Diaz in Houston, Texas.[2]

In October 2015, she faced and defeated Esparza in the Olympic Test Event for the USA Boxing flyweight spot for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Fuchs has also defeated Olympic medalist and five-time world champion, Mary Kom of India. Fuchs won gold at the Olympic Trials Test Event.[5][6][7]

Fuchs finished in third place at the 2016 American Qualification Event for AIBA.[8]

Fuchs won 1st in the 2016 USA Boxing Nationals defeating Marlene Esparza for the third straight time with a unanimous 5-0 decision.

Influences[edit]

Fuchs cites Olympian and runner Steve Prefontaine as an inspiration for her athletic career.[9]

She has also received advice from professional boxer Oscar De La Hoya.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Ginny Fuchs takes another shot at Olympic boxing team". houstonchronicle.com. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "The Olympic dreams of Ginny Fuchs". Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  3. ^ a b "Learn to fight like a girl from Olympic boxing hopeful Ginny Fuchs - GirlsLife". www.girlslife.com. Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  4. ^ "About". ginnyfuchs.com. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Marlen Esparza Eliminated From Olympic Contention With Loss To Virginia Fuchs". Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  6. ^ "Ginny Fuchs looks to qualify for the Olympic Games". Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  7. ^ "Houston fighter Ginny Fuchs wins gold at tournament in Rio". Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  8. ^ "2016 American Qualification Event, Women's Fly (48-51kg), Draw Sheet" (PDF). cloudfront.net. AIBA. 19 March 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  9. ^ "Olympic Boxing 2016 Hopeful Ginny Fuchs Opens Up About Her Inspirations and More in New Interview (EXCLUSIVE)". intouchweekly.com. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  10. ^ "The Golden Path: Ginny Fuchs Eyes Victory in Rio". roundbyroundboxing.com. 5 February 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.