Women's Boxing: Esparza vs. Cancan

Women's Boxing: Esparza vs. Cancan

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Cancan Ren of China (in red) defends against Marlen Esparza of the USA (in blue) during the women's Flyweight boxing semi-finals of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the ExCel Arena August 8, 2012 in London. Cancan Red was awarded a 10-8 points decision.

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Associated Press

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 8 at 3:05 PM

LONDON -- American flyweight Marlen Esparza, from Pasadena, will have to settle for the bronze in boxing after a 10-8 loss to Chinese world champioin Ren Cancan.

Ren’s cautious defensive style in her win over the livelier Esparza got the U.S. off to an inauspicious start.

Esparza gamely tried to force Ren into a fight, but the Chinese champion sat back dispassionately and threw counterpunches that scored just enough points to win. Ren’s rigid strategy and Esparza’s attempts to wait her out earned warnings for both fighters in each of the first three rounds for not throwing enough punches.

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