O'Hare is scouting for a job in social work within the criminal-justice system and imagines a way of one day linking counseling and boxing for women. She knows it's no sport for the masses, but she believes more than a few could pick up some tricks.

Although it feels like forever, the judges only take a minute or two to file their scorecards. The ring announcer sounds deflated as he ticks off the tallies: 38-38, 39-37 O'Hare, 38-38.

"A draw?" O'Hare's mother moans.

Jennifer Silverberg
O'Hare in the zone, getting her wrists taped by Jose Ponce pre-fight.
Eric Fogleman
O'Hare in the zone, getting her wrists taped by Jose Ponce pre-fight.

Up in the ring, there's nothing left for Hamlett and O'Hare to do but hug.

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