Boxing star Marlen Esparza on looking good in the ring

Perfume before a match and don't forget the mascara! Team USA's record-breaking boxing star on looking good in the ring

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16:15 GMT, 6 August 2012

Marlen Esparza today became the first American woman to ever win an Olympic boxing match.

The 23-year-old boxing star from Houston, Texas, who is also a face of cosmetics brand CoverGirl, defeated Venezuela's Karlha Magliocco 24-16 in today's quarterfinal match in London.

The young athlete, who sported a face full of make-up and a head full of braids during the thrilling match, advanced to Wednesday's semifinal where she will battle it out against top-seeded competition favourite Cancan Ren from China.

Champion: Boxer Marlen Esparza (left) today became the first American to win a boxing match at the Olympics. The CoverGirl model defeated Karlha Magliocco from Venezuela (right) in the women's flyweight quarterfinal

Champion: Boxer Marlen Esparza (left) today became the first American to win a boxing match at the Olympics. The CoverGirl model defeated Karlha Magliocco from Venezuela (right) in the women's flyweight quarterfinal

Cover star: The brunette beauty, pictured, wears blush and mascara during every boxing match

Cover star: The brunette beauty, pictured, wears blush and mascara during every boxing match

Today's victory has secured a medal placing for the powerful brunette as the Olympic boxing format gives bronze medals to its two lowest-ranking semifinalist competitors.

Miss Esparza, who is ranked No. 6 in the world and No. 1 in the U.S. flyweight division, took the first round 8-4, before winning the second round 6-4.

It seems that the future is bright for this young star who was announced as a face for CoverGirl in April.

She told People magazine that looking good and wearing mascara and perfume is important to her – and no doubt helps to attract endorsement opportunities like such.

Focus: Miss Esparza, announced as CoverGirl's new face in April, will compete in Wednesday's semifinal

Focus: Miss Esparza, announced as CoverGirl's new face in April, will compete in Wednesday's semifinal

'If you look good, then you feel good,' she said. 'And if you feel good, then you fight good.'

The boxer puts on make-up and perfume before every fight and ensures her skin is exfoliated and moisturised prior to jumping into the ring.

Her pre-fight preparations include
warming-up and preying as well as taking a cool shower and applying a
light base of make-up that includes blush and mascara.

Strength: The glamour girl also appeared in U.S. Vogue magazine, pictured, wearing a red dress and gloves

Strength: The glamour girl also appeared in U.S. Vogue magazine, pictured, wearing a red dress and gloves

She also revealed that she gets her beauty advice from her older sister, Delila.

Her sister taught her how to keep her skin hydrated by using cleansers and exfoliators.

Strike a pose: She has proved that she is also a natural in front of the camera as well

Strike a pose: She has proved that she is also a natural in front of the camera as well

'I always carry lotion in my bag for my hands and legs,' she said.

She was also featured in U.S. Vogue magazine wearing a tight red evening dress that was paired with her trainers and black gloves.

She said that she has been dreaming about competing in the Olympics ever since she was a little girl.

'I thought that when I won the Olympic trials I was going to be the happiest person in the whole world,' she said. 'And I was happy. But it wasn't like I thought it was going to be. I had already imagined it in my head so many times. It was real before it happened.'

She posted on Twitter after the match: 'I'm in the medal rounds 24-16 🙂 thanks 4 your support I have china on wed. Believe!'

She added that boxing allows her
barely any time to maintain a social life, admitting that she dated a
boy once but 'it wasn't ever serious, because my boxing was serious'.

Her
sense of humour remains in tact though – not to mention her passion for
all things girly – telling the magazine that one of the reasons she
wants to become famous is that 'I want to wear a Vera Wang dress when I
get married. Sleek, old-fashioned, romantic, with some sort of lace.'

Plus, she claimed she can't resist indulging in junk food.

In order to compete in the Olympics,
she had to pack on six lbs but was disappointed to have done so without
eating her favourite foods; brownies, Hot Cheetos, Mexican food and
chocolate.

She admitted that her true diet consists of chicken and vegetables as well as protein shakes between workouts.