San Diego boxer sets sights on Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Posted at 4:27 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 19:32:12-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A San Diego boxer who missed out on the 2016 Olympic games has her eyes set on 2020.

Danyelle Wolf missed out on the 2016 Olympic games because her weight class wasn't included. The omission forced her to seek out a new challenge: MMA.

For the next three years, Wolf trained for her MMA debut. That day would never come either.

"I dislocated my shoulder, so I totally dislocated my arm, tore my labrum," Wolf said.

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But a funny thing happened after that. The International Olympic Committee voted to add Wolf's weight class to the 2020 games as she rehabed her shoulder injury.

So just like that, it was back to the training room, but in this case time was a factor.

"Thank goodness, because it I would've fought professionally in MMA I would not have been able to try out for the Olympic games," Wolf said. "It wasn't fast for learning a whole new sport like MMA, but for the three years to pass for the Olympic trials right around the corner, it came fast."

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And Wolf was ready, earning a spot when it came time to focus back to boxing.

"Had four fights, and I got all the wins to win round one of the Olympic trials and to qualify me for the Olympic finals," Wolf said.

Now comes the qualifying finals, which Wolf will compete in this December.

"I think I'm the experienced fighter, mentally, physically. I think I'm going to have the advantage in all aspects of the game," Wolf said.