HOUSTON (FOX 26) - This past weekend, Houston's Ginny Fuchs got to a level in her sport she had never reached.
Fuchs won the flyweight division at the U.S. Boxing Olympic Trials in Memphis on Saturday night. Along the way, she had to defeat fellow Houstonian Marlen Esparza not just once, but twice.
"I don't even know how to describe it," Fuchs said. "I looked at my coach and said, 'Wait. Did they say my name?' I was just so excited and I ran over and hugged him. I was like, 'We did it, Coach.' I mean, we worked so hard. 10 weeks of hard, hard training. We did it. So I accomplished what I came there to do."
What makes this more remarkable is that Fuchs was winless in five previous head-to-head tries against Esparza. Esparza is the reigning Olympic bronze medalist.
"My jab really was the key," Fuchs said. "Using it, not letting her get in a rhythm.
"I made sure I was in control the whole fight. I know that was key too."
Fuchs has more work to do to qualify for the Olympics. She has a continental qualifier in March and, if need be, she can qualify for the Olympics at the World Championships in May.
"Since I was little, I used to be a runner," Fuchs said. "I always wanted to go to the Olympics for running. I wanted to go to the Olympics. So, I've been dreaming about this since I was really little. It'd mean everything to me."