Boxing has been a staple of the summer Olympics since 1904. But for the first time ever, women will step into the ring and compete for the gold in this year's London games. And the lead-up to the main event promises to be just as intense: there are 24 contenders but only three spots on the U.S. Women's Olympic Boxing Team.
Bertha Aracil is a female boxer and competing for a spot on the U.S. Women's Olympic Boxing Team. Sue Jaye Johnson is a photographer and creator of the multimedia project, "Women Box."