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When women's boxing weighs in for the first time at the Olympics this summer, these will be the fighters to beat in the three weight divisions:
Flyweight (112 pounds)
Ren Cancan, China
The reigning world champion, Ren (left), 24, has dominated the division for two years. "The Chinese have done a good job playing to what the judges look for," says Christy Halbert, chair of USA Boxing's women's task force. "She's long with her punches and very active."
Lightweight (132 pounds)
Katie Taylor, Ireland
A two-time AIBA female boxer of the year and three-time world champ, the 25-year-old Taylor is as good as it gets. "She is a textbook international- style boxer," says Halbert. "She's versatile, she can move, she can stand and exchange. There is not much she can't do."
Middleweight (165 pounds)
Mary Spencer, Canada