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Grassroots in the News: October 23

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A local organization has found a unique way to connect with girls.

The program, "Fight like a Girl," teaches young ladies the fundamentals of boxing, but the girls are doing a lot more than throwing punches.

The program is all about helping young ladies unlock their inner strength.

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Naomi Graham will bid to defend her Pan American Games women's middleweight title after being named in the 13-strong United States boxing squad for Santiago 2023.

Graham is the only Olympian to be selected after her appearance at Tokyo 2020, where she was team captain and exited in the first round.

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The USA boxing star exclusively tells Olympics.com how she broke female boxing stereotypes in her hometown after being bullied, why Floyd Mayweather is her idol, and why her nickname is so fitting.

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I couldn’t be more excited and focused on what is in my immediate future with USA Boxing. Currently, I am training in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with the rest of my teammates as we get ready for the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile, from Oct. 20-Nov. 5.

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It was a first for the Youngstown area, an All-Women's Boxing event that has a special meaning.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, female boxers from several states and even Canada came together to celebrate their sport while raising awareness of the disease.

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OWASSO, Okla. — An amateur boxer from Owasso is heading to the U.S. Olympic Trials in December.

Neida Ibarra, 28, picked up amateur boxing at the age of 21 to stay in shape. Eventually, her trainer suggested she sign up for a fight.

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USA Boxing-sanctioned amateur competition returned to London on October 7.

Amateur boxers from Louisville, Campbellsville, Somerset, Lexington, Richmond; as well as several boxers from Tennessee and even the Sudan competed in only the fourth amateur boxing competition in London's history.

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PONTIAC, Mich. – Last month, 20-year-old Kentrell Rouser of Pontiac qualified for the USA Boxing Olympic Trials.

“That’s one of the best parts about boxing to me, just putting in the work and seeing the payoff,” said Rouser.
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WACO, Texas — Footwork, jabs, hooks, crosses and much more.

Every Tuesday and Thursday, kids in Waco get a chance to learn boxing lessons from Jaime Lerma, former Welterweight world champion and Olympian boxer.

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