Shields & Crews pro-debut in Las Vegas

By Raquel Ruiz The weigh-in went super slow today at #KovalevWard super fight. Unfortunately, the women were at the end of a very boring program and lots of people had stepped out by the time they took to the scale, including me, who needed to get a towel to dry my clothes because one of […]

USA Women’s Boxing Is Now “TeamPedro”

  By Raquel Ruiz Pedro Roque Otano came aboard a ship that was ready to sink. It didn’t, largely because of the performance of the U.S. women boxers at the 2012 London Olympics. Gold medalist Claressa Shields and bronze medalist Marlen Esparza prevented the U.S. from being shut out on the podium for the first time, after the U.S. dominated amateur […]


When a journalist writes a human-interest story, it’s like entering the lives of a family. Last April, during USA Nationals, I had the honor to write a story for AP-Spanish about boxer Sulem Urbina.  She graciously opened the sacred gates of her heart. Through her, I got to meet her 17-year-old younger brother and youth […]