Marlen Esparza was already having a bad hair day when the crowd at boxing started booing her for refusing to trade haymakers with her Venezuelan opponent.
Next thing you know they were going to say she was fighting like a girl.
Not such a bad thing these days, at least in amateur boxing. The way the women rocked the Olympic arena in their boxing debut almost made you forget for a moment how corrupt, inept and unsatisfying their male counterparts have been in way too many Olympics.
They moved, they danced, and they hit each other as hard as they could. What some of them may have lacked in technical ability they made up for with eagerness and desire, and thousands packed into the ExCel arena cheered their every move.
For years, women fought for the right to be punched in the face in search of Olympic glory. Now that they're here, they're threatening to make Olympic boxing a respectable sport once again.
It took a woman to do what used to be a man's job, with Esparza guaranteeing ...