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Aug 5, 2012 7:23 PM by Jordan Mason

Women's boxing finally steps into Olympic ring

LONDON (AP) - U.S. lightweight Queen Underwood lost a close fight to Britain's Natasha Jonas on Sunday, the first day of women's boxing at an Olympics.

A landmark tournament for gender equality in sports began with 12 entertaining bouts featuring uppercuts, haymakers and footwork that all measure up nicely to the men's amateur sport.

Boxing was the only summer Olympic sport without a women's version.

Indian flyweight Mary Kom wept after making her Olympic debut 12 years after she defied her father's wishes to pursue boxing. The five-time world champion won on her twins' fifth birthday, no less.

Russia's Elena Savelyeva won the first bout with a busy jab and strong combinations, saying it was a pleasure to make Olympic history.

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