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Marlen Esparza

US Boxing Champion & Olympian

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 Marlen Esparza Biography

Marlen was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in a family that adored the sport of boxing. Her introduction to the ring came at age 11, when she started babysitting her younger brother while he worked out at a local gym. Marlen was soon begging her father and the gym’s trainer to let her try the sport. They were hesitant, but soon gave in under one condition: She had to behave in school. Marlen kept her end of the bargain and by her senior year she was named class President and graduated with a 4.6 GPA. Although, she had won two Women’s Boxing U.S. National Championships (2006, 2007) and captured bronze at the 2006 World Championships, Marlen was ready to quit the sport and go to Rice University, where she had been previously accepted. All of that changed in 2009 when the International Olympic Committee announced that women’s boxing would debut at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Soon after this announcement, Nike, Coca-Cola, and CoverGirl signed Marlen to sponsorship deals. This was huge for Marlen because she was able to quit her job – she had been working as a dental assistant- and her focus on training became even more intense for the only title left for her to win.

Marlen went on to win the 2009, 2010, and 2011 U.S. National Championships and qualified to the Olympic Games at the World Championships in China. This would clinch her spot in history as the first ever American female boxer to ever compete in an Olympic Games. In the debut of women’s boxing at the 2012 London Olympic Games, Marlen brought home the bronze medal. Her original plan was to leave the sport after the Olympic Games, but after bringing home the bronze she realized she wasn’t quite finished with boxing. Marlen kept her U.S. National Championship winning streak alive by taking the title in 2013, 2014, and 2015. She also took home the Gold medal at the 2014 Women’s World Championships for the first time in her career.

In 2017, Marlen turned pro, signing with Golden Boy Promotions and becoming their first ever female boxer. She dominated her pro debut in March 2017 by a unanimous decision win on ESPN and is currently 5-0 in her professional career, as her third fight was a part of the Canelo vs. GGG undercard in Las Vegas. Marlen is also an avid runner and came in 49th place out of 25,000 at the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. Most recently, Marlen married her boyfriend, Frank Figueroa, in June of 2018. She is passionate about creating a voice for women’s sports and inspiring young girls to go after their dreams, whatever they may be.

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  • Going for the Gold: Achieving Your Goals Against All Odds

    As a little girl, speaker Marlen Esparza passed up Barbies and Polly pockets in favor of a slightly more unusual game: boxing. Watching it on television with her dad and brothers and accompanying them to the gym to watch them practice, she developed an irreversible passion for the sport. But it came with a serious challenge: her father and coach told her she couldn't box because she was a girl. Undeterred, she started training -
    • and winning -
    • proving them all wrong. In this keynote, Esparza shares her story of fighting obstacle after obstacle in order to achieve her goals -
    • from being taken seriously as a female boxer to competing in the Olympics.

  • Fiercely Latina: Channeling Your Heritage's Spirit in the Ring

    As the first Latina boxer -
    • and the first to have top sponsors such as CoverGirl, Coca-Cola, McDonalds, and Nike -
    • Marlen Esparza hopes to open the door to future generations of Latinos, encouraging them to compete in women's boxing and all sports in general. In this keynote, she discusses how Latinos don't have to fall prey to typical stereotypes, such as not graduating from high school, and instead should feel empowered to pursue their dreams. She shares her story and her plans to go back to college as a pre-med student while training for Rio 2016 and working on launching her own beauty and fashion line. Her message is simple but powerful: if you can dream it and believe it, then you can do it.

  • A Lady's Fight: Pioneering the First Olympic Women's Boxing Games

    Speaker Marlen Esparza was the first US female boxer to qualify for London 2012 in an Olympic sport that didn't even allow women to compete until 2009. A pioneer in the industry, Esparza not only opened the door to all other women wanting to get into boxing, but as the first US female boxer to medal with a bronze, she proved that they could excel in the sport. Esparza shares her journey -
    • candidly admitting that it wasn't always easy and glamorous, as there were days when she simply did not want to train and had to drag herself out of bed -
    • and motivates all women to follow their dreams, no matter how daunting they might seem.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Marlen Esparza for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Marlen Esparza, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Marlen Esparza or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Marlen Esparza?

    Booking fees for Marlen Esparza, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Marlen Esparza, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Marlen Esparza?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Marlen Esparza for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Marlen Esparza for your next private or corporate function.
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Marlen Esparza

US Boxing Champion & Olympian

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Marlen Esparza Biography

Marlen was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in a family that adored the sport of boxing. Her introduction to the ring came at age 11, when she started babysitting her younger brother while he worked out at a local gym. Marlen was soon begging her father and the gym’s trainer to let her try the sport. They were hesitant, but soon gave in under one condition: She had to behave in school. Marlen kept her end of the bargain and by her senior year she was named class President and graduated with a 4.6 GPA. Although, she had won two Women’s Boxing U.S. National Championships (2006, 2007) and captured bronze at the 2006 World Championships, Marlen was ready to quit the sport and go to Rice University, where she had been previously accepted. All of that changed in 2009 when the International Olympic Committee announced that women’s boxing would debut at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Soon after this announcement, Nike, Coca-Cola, and CoverGirl signed Marlen to sponsorship deals. This was huge for Marlen because she was able to quit her job – she had been working as a dental assistant- and her focus on training became even more intense for the only title left for her to win.

Marlen went on to win the 2009, 2010, and 2011 U.S. National Championships and qualified to the Olympic Games at the World Championships in China. This would clinch her spot in history as the first ever American female boxer to ever compete in an Olympic Games. In the debut of women’s boxing at the 2012 London Olympic Games, Marlen brought home the bronze medal. Her original plan was to leave the sport after the Olympic Games, but after bringing home the bronze she realized she wasn’t quite finished with boxing. Marlen kept her U.S. National Championship winning streak alive by taking the title in 2013, 2014, and 2015. She also took home the Gold medal at the 2014 Women’s World Championships for the first time in her career.

In 2017, Marlen turned pro, signing with Golden Boy Promotions and becoming their first ever female boxer. She dominated her pro debut in March 2017 by a unanimous decision win on ESPN and is currently 5-0 in her professional career, as her third fight was a part of the Canelo vs. GGG undercard in Las Vegas. Marlen is also an avid runner and came in 49th place out of 25,000 at the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. Most recently, Marlen married her boyfriend, Frank Figueroa, in June of 2018. She is passionate about creating a voice for women’s sports and inspiring young girls to go after their dreams, whatever they may be.

Marlen Esparza Videos

  • Pro boxer Marlen Esparza to fight three months after giving birth ...
  • Marlen Esparza Welcomes New Okay to Say™ Supporters - YouTube
    Olympic Boxing Champion, Marlen Esparza, welcomes new supports of Okay To Say™ and encourages others to ... Published on Jan 30, 2018.
  • Marlen Esparza Shares Her Mental Health Experience - YouTube

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Marlen Esparza Speaking Topics

  • Going for the Gold: Achieving Your Goals Against All Odds

    As a little girl, speaker Marlen Esparza passed up Barbies and Polly pockets in favor of a slightly more unusual game: boxing. Watching it on television with her dad and brothers and accompanying them to the gym to watch them practice, she developed an irreversible passion for the sport. But it came with a serious challenge: her father and coach told her she couldn't box because she was a girl. Undeterred, she started training -
    • and winning -
    • proving them all wrong. In this keynote, Esparza shares her story of fighting obstacle after obstacle in order to achieve her goals -
    • from being taken seriously as a female boxer to competing in the Olympics.

  • Fiercely Latina: Channeling Your Heritage's Spirit in the Ring

    As the first Latina boxer -
    • and the first to have top sponsors such as CoverGirl, Coca-Cola, McDonalds, and Nike -
    • Marlen Esparza hopes to open the door to future generations of Latinos, encouraging them to compete in women's boxing and all sports in general. In this keynote, she discusses how Latinos don't have to fall prey to typical stereotypes, such as not graduating from high school, and instead should feel empowered to pursue their dreams. She shares her story and her plans to go back to college as a pre-med student while training for Rio 2016 and working on launching her own beauty and fashion line. Her message is simple but powerful: if you can dream it and believe it, then you can do it.

  • A Lady's Fight: Pioneering the First Olympic Women's Boxing Games

    Speaker Marlen Esparza was the first US female boxer to qualify for London 2012 in an Olympic sport that didn't even allow women to compete until 2009. A pioneer in the industry, Esparza not only opened the door to all other women wanting to get into boxing, but as the first US female boxer to medal with a bronze, she proved that they could excel in the sport. Esparza shares her journey -
    • candidly admitting that it wasn't always easy and glamorous, as there were days when she simply did not want to train and had to drag herself out of bed -
    • and motivates all women to follow their dreams, no matter how daunting they might seem.

FAQs on booking Marlen Esparza

  • How to book Marlen Esparza?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Marlen Esparza for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Marlen Esparza, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Marlen Esparza or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Marlen Esparza?

    Booking fees for Marlen Esparza, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Marlen Esparza, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Marlen Esparza?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Marlen Esparza for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Marlen Esparza for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Marlen Esparza or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Marlen Esparza or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Marlen Esparza is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Marlen Esparza for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Marlen Esparza generally travels from Houston, TX, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Maria Echaveste, Jessica Mendoza, Anna Escobedo Cabral, Jaslene Gonzalez and Shannon Miller. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Marlen Esparza for an upcoming event.

Marlen Esparza Speaker Videos

  • Pro boxer Marlen Esparza to fight three months after giving birth ...
    Marlen Esparza Welcomes New Okay to Say™ Supporters - YouTube
    Olympic Boxing Champion, Marlen Esparza, welcomes new supports of Okay To Say™ and encourages others to ... Published on Jan 30, 2018.
  • Marlen Esparza Shares Her Mental Health Experience - YouTube

Marlen Esparza Speaking Topics

  • Going for the Gold: Achieving Your Goals Against All Odds

    As a little girl, speaker Marlen Esparza passed up Barbies and Polly pockets in favor of a slightly more unusual game: boxing. Watching it on television with her dad and brothers and accompanying them to the gym to watch them practice, she developed an irreversible passion for the sport. But it came with a serious challenge: her father and coach told her she couldn't box because she was a girl. Undeterred, she started training -
    • and winning -
    • proving them all wrong. In this keynote, Esparza shares her story of fighting obstacle after obstacle in order to achieve her goals -
    • from being taken seriously as a female boxer to competing in the Olympics.

  • Fiercely Latina: Channeling Your Heritage's Spirit in the Ring

    As the first Latina boxer -
    • and the first to have top sponsors such as CoverGirl, Coca-Cola, McDonalds, and Nike -
    • Marlen Esparza hopes to open the door to future generations of Latinos, encouraging them to compete in women's boxing and all sports in general. In this keynote, she discusses how Latinos don't have to fall prey to typical stereotypes, such as not graduating from high school, and instead should feel empowered to pursue their dreams. She shares her story and her plans to go back to college as a pre-med student while training for Rio 2016 and working on launching her own beauty and fashion line. Her message is simple but powerful: if you can dream it and believe it, then you can do it.

  • A Lady's Fight: Pioneering the First Olympic Women's Boxing Games

    Speaker Marlen Esparza was the first US female boxer to qualify for London 2012 in an Olympic sport that didn't even allow women to compete until 2009. A pioneer in the industry, Esparza not only opened the door to all other women wanting to get into boxing, but as the first US female boxer to medal with a bronze, she proved that they could excel in the sport. Esparza shares her journey -
    • candidly admitting that it wasn't always easy and glamorous, as there were days when she simply did not want to train and had to drag herself out of bed -
    • and motivates all women to follow their dreams, no matter how daunting they might seem.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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