T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold is the coming-of-age story of boxing phenom Claressa “T-Rex” Shields from Flint, Michigan. Shields was just 17 years old when she won the gold medal for women’s boxing in 2012 — the first time women were allowed to box in the Olympic games. Directed by Drea Cooper and Zackary Canepari and produced by Sue Jaye Johnson, the film’s broadcast is timed to coincide with Claressa’s return to the Olympic boxing ring at the Rio de Janeiro games this summer. The film premieres on Independent Lens Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 10:00-11:30 PM ET (check local listings) on PBS.
2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) continued her incredible reign on Friday with a championship bout victory at the 2016 Women’s World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan. Shields is the first American female boxer ever to win two elite world titles and the first U.S. boxer to claim consecutive world championships since Eric Griffin in 1991 and 1993 prior to Shields’ birth. American heavyweight Shadasia Green (Newark, N.J.) earned a silver medal in her first World Championships on Friday after falling to a host nation boxer in their final round match-up.
2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) and American heavyweight Shadasia Green (Newark, N.J.) will compete for gold at the 2016 Women’s World Championships following semifinal victories on Thursday in Astana, Kazakhstan. Shields will have the chance to defend her 2014 middleweight title in Friday’s gold medal bout while Green has earned a spot in the finals in her first-ever World Championships at the Barys Arena.
Five American boxers advanced to the semifinal round with quarterfinal wins at the 2016 Women’s World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan on Tuesday. Olympic bronze medalist Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas), bantamweight Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.), Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.), light heavyweight Franchon Crews (Baltimore, Md.) and heavyweight Shadasia Green (Newark, N.J.) all clinched medals today at the Barys Arena. Welterweight Naomi Graham (Colorado Springs, Colo.) lost her quarterfinal bout on Tuesday in her first-ever World Championships.
The United States squad moved to a perfect 5-0 in 2016 Women’s World Championships competition with three victories on Friday in Astana, Kazakhstan. Reigning Olympic and World Champion Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) closed the undefeated day with a last second TKO following first round victories from featherweight Stalacia Leggett (Quartz Hill, Calif.) and light welterweight Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) in the early session at the Barys Arena.
326 boxers from 73 countries are beginning their final preparations for the 2016 Women’s World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Two of USA Boxing’s most accomplished athletes are being featured in POWERADE’s inspirational “Just a Kid” campaign as they head in to the 2016 Olympic Games. 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) and Junior and Youth World Champion and Youth Olympic Games gold medalist Shakur Stevenson (Newark, N.J.) are both being highlighted for their amazing accomplishments as such a young age.
MEMPHIS, TENN. (October 31, 2015) – In a scenic venue usually reserved the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, two female boxers won gold at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing on Saturday. Flyweight Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) and middleweight Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) were adamant on closing the show on Saturday and the duo did just that with victories in their respective championship bouts at the Cannon Center in Memphis, Tenn. Lightweight Jajaira Gonzalez (Glendora, Calif.) pushed her weight class to a winner takes all bout on Sunday afternoon with a victory over winners bracket champion Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) in the second bout of the night.
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.
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.