Houston-area boxer guaranteed Olympic medal

Marlene Esparza grew up here in the Houston area. (AP photo)

August 7, 2012 6:13:35 AM PDT
America's real life 'Million Dollar Babies' have punched their way to the podium.

Flyweight Marlen Esparza, who grew up here in the Houston area, and middleweight teammate Claressa Shields, have guaranteed themselves at least a bronze after impressive quarterfinal victories.

The two will earn the U.S. team its first women's boxing medals ever. Both are back in action Wednesday.