Houston is home to the two top female amateur flyweights in the country - Marlen Esparza and Virginia Fuchs. Esparza recently returned from the Pan Am Games in Toronto with a silver medal and Fuchs won the National Golden Gloves championships. The crosstown rivals will compete in the 2015 Olympic Trials in Memphis, October 25-31.
Having lost all five of her previous bouts against Esparza by close decisions, Fuchs has little faith in the highly-subjective scoring system. Should she face Esparza again, as expected, at the trials, her best bet for victory is to go for broke, leave nothing to doubt and force the outcome out of the judges' hands, she said.