Best Local Boxer

Queen Underwood

"My whole motto," says Queen Underwood, "is 'Can't stop, won't stop.' " The 28-year-old Seattle boxer thought she was stopped when she failed to qualify for the London Olympics after losing a one-point decision in the world championships in May. But in June, she was going again, after a call from officials telling the five-time national champion she'd been awarded a berth in the lightweight division of the first Olympic women's boxing tournament after a spot unexpectedly opened. "If you saw me jumping around, running around, it was like I got my air back," said Underwood afterward. All that jumping, and her boxing prowess, is also being recorded for posterity; Queen and her sister Hazzauna are crusaders for victims of child and sexual abuse, having been abused by their ex-con father, and their story is being documented by a film crew. As she told USA Today, "I'm looking forward to reaching out and being a mentor and an idol to everyone who has been through the same situation, or maybe just has had a hard life." RICK ANDERSON facebook.com/TheQueenoftheRing

 
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