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Female boxers punch into London 2012

25 July 2012 Last updated at 19:41 BST

The 2012 London Olympics will see women's boxing on the bill for the first time, opening the sport up to a whole new audience and raising its profile around the world.

The men's Olympic boxing competition has helped to propel the careers of some of the greatest names in the sport, including Muhammad Ali and Lennox Lewis.

The BBC's Karin Giannone went to discover what it might take to punch her way to a medal.