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Queen Underwood is a boxer competing at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA.

Queen Underwood stood with her hands raised in front of her hometown Washington crowd, a beaming smile across her face that was more than two years in the making. On August 14, 2009, Underwood found out that women's boxing had been accepted into the program for the 2012 Games. On this day — February 18, 2012 — the newly crowned U.S. Trials champion in the lightweight class gazed over a sold-out building knowing that her Olympic dream was stronger than ever.

As the No. 1 seed in the lightweight class, Underwood was expected to, at a minimum, reach the final bout of the U.S. Women's Trials. Entering her first round matchup to a standing ovation, the Seattle native couldn't help but feel the jitters. Said Underwood following her 22:12 opening round win, "Tomorrow I'll know what to expect. I'll zone (the crowd) out more. I can be more relaxed." Heeding her own advice, she won her next two contests, 27:20 and 25:24, earning a spot in the finals. There she boxed Mikaela Mayer to perfection, winning 22:19 and in turn secured a berth for the 2012 World Championships.

A 24-17 loss to unheralded Canadian Sandra Bizier in the quarterfinal at the 2012 Pan American Women's Championship put Underwood on the hot seat heading into Worlds. By losing in her third match at Worlds to Norway's Ingrid Egner, Underwood only qualified for the Olympics after being selected by the Tripartite Commission, who deemed the Seattle native the most deserving Americas lightweight.

Though her first name is Quanitta, Underwood has gone by Queen since the fifth grade. A classroom discussion on nicknames led to a peer coming up with Queen, and it's survived the test of time.

An animal lover, Underwood has a pet Bull Mastiff named King. She choose him because she wanted the biggest dog possible, but also one with a sweet personality. Like King, Queen "may look all tough on the outside, but has a good inner core."

The gravity of the inaugural tournament isn't lost on Underwood. "I'm a pioneer. But there were a lot of people before me that worked hard to get women out there, and you don't see them today. So I'm going to be that face that people are going to connect with women's boxing. And that's powerful for me."

Underwood was first introduced to the sport at the age of 19 when she picked up a pair of gloves after watching her uncle fight. At the time Queen was a competitive track star and thought she might make the Olympics as a runner. Although she had watched boxing all her life, she never envisioned becoming a fighter herself. The competitiveness and individuality of the sport drew her in, and she's been boxing ever since.

Underwood got stuck playing viola in school because she thought she'd be in band, not the orchestra. Never one to quit, she stuck it out and played the next four years. In addition to her string instrument prowess, the jane-of-all-trades also pens lyrics and occasionally freestyles.

Similar to her style in the ring, Underwood likes to bring the heat when it comes to food. Some of her favorites include Pho (Vietnamese soup) with hot sauce and Hot Cheetos.

The caller to let Queen know that women's boxing had been accepted into the Olympics was none other than her older sister, Hazzauna. Queen was at work as a pipe-fitter at the time, and was hesitant to pick up her cell until she saw that her sister was calling. "Once she told me the news, it got all crazy, and I started calling and texting my friends and family. I forgot about work. They asked what I was doing on the phone and I basically told them, hey, it's the Olympics."

It should come as no surprise that Underwood's dream matchup come London pits World No. 1 Katie Taylor in the opposite corner. The two fought at the 2010 AIBA World Championships in one of the year's most entertaining bouts. Down ten, Underwood fought back and went ahead by one point. While Taylor would go on to earn the decision by two points, one thing became clear. As Queen puts it, "that's when everybody found out who Queen Underwood was."


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Age: 32 years old
Birthday: May 8, 1984
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 132 lbs.
Full Name / Real Name: Quanitta Underwood
Birthplace: Seattle, WA
Current Residence: Seattle, WA

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