LONDON — Here's a bit of trivia worth hanging on to since it might win you some big bucks on "Jeopardy" one day.
When women's boxing made its Olympic debut in these Games on Sunday, the first bout, a flyweight fight, was won by Russia's Elena Savelyeva, who beat North Korea's Hye Song Kim, 12-9. And for those doubters who said women's boxing wouldn't be competitive or compelling, Savelyeva won three of the four rounds by just a point while the final round was scored even.
Then her coach celebrated the win in a way he probably never tried in a men's fight — he reached over and kissed his fighter.
"I feel proud to make history in boxing," Savelyeva said. "It was amazing."
The Excel Arena's boxing venue was jam-packed for the women, whose fights were far more interesting and action-packed than the majority of the men's bouts in these Games. But Ching-Kuo Wu, president of amateur boxing's international governing body, was sold on the sport even before the program began, saying "If women's boxing is successful in London, I think there is the real possibility that we will ask for more women's boxing by 2016."