Olympic Boxing - Claressa Shields Wins Gold Medal after Marlen Esparza Wins Bronze
Olympic Boxing - Claressa Shields Wins Gold Medal after Marlen Esparza Wins Bronze
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing (Aug 10, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
Claressa Shields
By Ken Hissner, Doghouse Boxing. Flint, 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.

Seattle’s 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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