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Claressa Shields Wins the United States’ First Ever Pan American Games Gold Medal in Women’s Boxing

Making history is nothing new to 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) and neither is winning gold medals. Shields did both on Friday night in championship round action at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. The reigning world champion filled the only remaining hole in her resume with a unanimous decision victory over the Dominican Republic’s Yenebier Guillen in the women’s middleweight gold medal bout. Continue reading

Marlen Esparza, Claressa Shields and Francisco Martinez Clinch Pan American Games Medals

2012 Olympic champion Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) and Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) both made triumphant Pan American Games debuts on Monday afternoon at the Oshawa Sports Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Olympic duo clinched medals in their first Pan American Games with wins in Monday afternoon’s quarterfinal competition. Bantamweight Francisco Martinez (Dallas, Texas) became the fourth U.S. boxer to advance to the semifinals with a TKO win in Monday’s evening action. Middleweight Anthony Campbell (Covington, Tenn.) lost his quarterfinal bout in the final U.S. bout of the day. Continue reading

USA Boxing’s Claressa Shields Named AIBA’s Youth Female Boxer of the Year

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) added another major award to her ever-growing list of accolades over the weekend. The first American woman to win Olympic boxing gold received the Youth Female Boxer of the Year award from the international federation for Olympic-style boxing at a special ceremony in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Shields was one of five athletes honored at the event, which was held in conjunction with the Elite Men’s World Championships. Team USA’s Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.) was recognized for his outstanding year at the award ceremony as well, taking the Junior Male boxer of the year title. Continue reading

Claressa Shields Takes Second Round Stoppage Win as Team USA Adds Four More World Championships Victories in Bulgaria

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Reigning Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) returned to major international action with a second round TKO victory on Tuesday at the Women’s Junior/Youth World Championships in Albena, Bulgaria. Shields took one of four victories for her U.S. squad in the second straight successful day of World Championships action for Team USA. Junior light bantamweight Ashley Perez (Sparks, Nev.), junior lightweight Iesha Kenney (Alexandria, Va.) and youth light flyweight Marisol Lopez (Stratford, Calif.) all enjoyed victories on Tuesday as well. Continue reading

Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields Headlines First-Ever Women’s Junior/Youth World Championships Squad

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Reigning Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich,) is returning to major international action in a first-time event for USA Boxing. The new college student will lead a team of junior and youth female boxers in to competition at the Women’s Junior/Youth World Championships, September 20-29, at the Albena Resort in Albena, Bulgaria. Team USA is competing in the event for the first time as Shields’ aims to add her first World Championship title to her historic resume. Continue reading

Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields Vying to Become the First Boxer Ever to Win the Prestigious Sullivan Award

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Seventeen-year-old Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) claimed her first piece of history this summer, winning the first middleweight gold medal in women’s boxing, and she is hoping to add another item to the record books by becoming the first boxer ever to win the AAU’s James E. Sullivan award. Shields was recently named a semifinalist for the prestigious award, which honors the nation’s top amateur athlete. The award selection includes a public voting component and boxing fans can support Shields by voting for her via this link. Continue reading

Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields Named a Semifinalist for the 83rd Annual James E. Sullivan Award

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Historic Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) has been named a semifinalist for the prestigious James E. Sullivan award, which honors the top amateur athlete in the nation. Shields became the first female middleweight Olympic gold medalist this past summer at the 2012 Olympic Games. The 17-year-old Shields defeated opponents nearly twice her age en route to the top of the medal stand, becoming the second youngest boxer ever to win an Olympic gold medal. Continue reading

News: Claressa Shields makes ring return; Dawejko vs. Rivas fight cancelled

TOLEDO, OHIO) – On the same night that 18 young boxers were crowned as national champions, Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) made her return to the ring in her first bout since the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

As expected, Shields’ bout claimed all of the attention in the arena despite action in the other two rings when she stepped through the ropes in the final bout of the evening. Continue reading

News: Shields Headlines the 2012 Championships, October 8-13; Thompson boxing

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The National PAL Championships are returning to Toledo for the second straight year as the Seagate Centre hosts the major national tournament, October 8-13. 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) is returning to the first stop on her Olympic journey just two months after her historic victory in London. The 17-year-old will aim to defend her 2011 National PAL title in Toledo, boxing in her first competition following her gold medal performance at the 2012 Olympic Games. Continue reading

The History of Boxing with Emanuel Steward Part IV: Amateur Boxing

“A lot of guys try to emulate him, but there will never be another Pernell Whitaker”—Emanuel Steward

Exclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani – With his vast wealth of knowledge, experience, and an amazing track record of success, Emanuel Steward is undoubtedly one of the greatest trainers the sport of boxing has ever seen. In fact Steward has trained and/or managed 41 World Champions, including the reigning heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko. This is Part Four of an ongoing series with Emanuel that will explore past champions, historical fights, mythical match-ups, great rivalries, memorable fighters, and Steward’s own personal experiences as a world class trainer. This edition focuses on theme of amateur boxing. Steward (*pictured to the right, standing over Eddie Gonzalez during the semi-finals for the National Golden Gloves Championship, in Chicago, on March 6, 1963) spoke about his own experiences as an amateur National Champion. He also provided opinions on the American amateur boxing scene, the Cuban program, and various amateur boxers he has both seen and worked with over the years, including: Sugar Ray Leonard, Mark Breland, Floyd Mayweather Junior, Tommy Hearns, George Foreman, Pernell Whitaker, Howard Davis, Ronnie Shields, Roy Jones Junior, and more! Here is what the Hall of Fame trainer had to say:

The Stages of an Amateur Boxer:

Well the stages of a person’s amateur career I think are very important, and it’s something that I refer to in life often now. When you first go into the gym as a kid you start learning how to hold your feet and hands properly, or at least you did then. They don’t even do that nowadays, hardly. Everybody wants to just jump right on the pads now and go pop-pop-pop-pop-pop! But at the time when I came up, you learned how to do everything basically and fundamentally sound. Then you get to where you feel very comfortable doing that. It’s like a game where you can hit a bag or do whatever you’re supposed to do, and block a punch, and punch back. Then when you’re comfortable doing that, all of a sudden the actual boxing starts. Continue reading