|Olympic Boxing - Claressa Shields Wins Gold Medal after Marlen Esparza Wins Bronze
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Aug 10, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing.
MI, middleweight Claressa Shields defeated Russia’s Nadezda Torlopova
15-10 to win the Gold medal for U.S.A. in the female division in the London
Games. This 17 year-old was the youngest to compete since Davey
Armstrong in the 1972 games.
Shields advanced to the finals by
defeating Kazakhstan’s Marina Volnova 29-15. Houston’s Marlen Esparza
settled for a Bronze medal earlier to become the first medal winner in
boxing for the USA men/female boxers. She is a 23 year-old Texan.
Queen Underwood was the only other female boxer who lost early but was
in the first female bout at the games. Just getting there was a journey
and something to be proud of.
The men (9) couldn’t gain one
medal for the first time in the history as far as I know. Only Errol
Spence made it to the quarter finals. They have to be trained for this
type of boxing and it won’t come in a Philly, Detroit, NY, or L.A.
gym. They cannot spar with professionals and be prepared for the
Olympics. Body shots are rarely counted. I didn’t even see the “white”
of the gloves this year.
The U.S. boxers may need a non U.S. trainer
to come in unless Joe Clough will come back to the US from the
Philippines. He last trained the 1983 Pan Am team before getting
shafted for the 1984 Olympic head coaching job. Some of his Olympians
and pro’s were Ray Seales, Davey Armstrong, Leo Randolph, Rocky
Lockridge and Johnny Bumphus to name a few. He has coached Thailand’s
Olympians and was recently involved with the team from India in the
World Series of boxing.
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