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LONDON --American flyweight MarlenEsparza, from Pasadena, will have to settle for the bronze in boxingafter 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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