Boxing Beauties

Three of America's best female boxers will be dueling it out during the London Olympics, the first ever to let women in the ring.

Having hosted the Olympic Games in 1908 and 1948, London will this year become the first city to host the Games three times. It's not the only reason London 2012 will be making history. It will also be the first Games to feature women's boxing, meaning that both men and women will be competing in every Olympic sport. Three of America's best female boxers now have a shot at London 2012, after securing victories at the inaugural women's United States Olympic team trials in Washington. Marlen Esparza, Queen Underwood and Claressa Shields triumphed at the historic event. The victories earned the trio bids to the 2012 Women's World Boxing Championships in China, held in mid-May, where Shields and Esparza qualified for Olympics. After losing a close match at the event, Underwood's Olympic dream now rests in the hands of an international invitation committee.*

UPDATE: Underwood was given an at-large berth to the Olympic games, and all three women will be competing in London. NBC will broadcast women's boxing matches starting with the round of 16 on August 5.