Fremont Latina advances for Olympics Boxing Team
By Federico Martínez, Special to La Prensa
Fremont, Ohio’s Alycia María Baumgardner’s decisive victory at the National PAL Boxing Championships in Oxnard, California on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, moved her closer toward her goal of earning an invitation to compete for a spot on the 2016 United States Olympics Women’s Boxing Team.
Ms. Baumgardner, who will fight again in Spokane, Washington in January is trying to garner enough points to earn an invitation for the Olympic tryouts which will begin next year, her longtime Coach Buddy Laughlin said during a phone interview from California.
“She is an amazing fighter” said Coach Laughlin who has been training the Latina boxer for the past 12 years.
Ms. Baumgardner, 132 lbs., defeated her opponent Felisha Estrada-González of Fort Carson, Colo. by judges’ decision to win the lightweight championship belt during the Oxnard, Calif. Championships.
The Fremont resident most recently took second place during the National Golden Gloves Tournament held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in August. Her impressive showing against a highly-ranked veteran drew the attention of many highly respected boxers and others in the industry that showered her with praise.
Ms. Baumgardner, a graduate of Fremont’s Ross High School, trains at the Fremont Wreckers Amateur Boxing Club.during the National PAL Boxing Championships in Oxnard, California on Saturday night.