Abused boxer makes Games debut
Six months after revealing she had been abused by her father for years as a child, Quanitta 'Queen' Underwood just wants to talk boxing, and can hardly contain her excitement knowing that she is about to be one of the first women to box in the Olympics.india Updated: Jul 31, 2012 00:33 IST
Six months after revealing she had been abused by her father for years as a child, Quanitta 'Queen' Underwood just wants to talk boxing, and can hardly contain her excitement knowing that she is about to be one of the first women to box in the Olympics.
The US lightweight has be-en at London's boxing arena each day since the Games began, supporting teammates and soaking up the atmosphere. The butterflies in her stomach get more intense the closer she gets to Sunday's opening bout.
That's when the 28-year-old pipefitter from Seattle and 35 other women will break into the last all-male sport at the summer Games and look to prove wrong any doubters who say women have no place in the ring.
"We're going to come out and shock and stun the whole world," says Underwood, hair braided and wearing one of the biggest smiles in London, after watching Errol Spence make it four wins from four for the American men.
"Everybody's thinking 'What are these ladies going to look like when they fight?'. It's just going to be awesome. This should have happened a long time ago but when we get on the platform, it's going to get a lot of respect," she adds, laughing giddily.
Last February, Underwood detailed for the first time how, as a 10-year-old, she would lie in bed as her father, Assad, molested her older sister Ha-zzauna in the same room.
She said that when Hazzauna and her step-mother were out of the house, Assad would abuse her too. When she was 13, the sisters spoke out, and their father was jailed for 7 years.
Underwood doesn't want to discuss the abuse now.