Claressa Shields Dominant in Boxing 75-Kg Gold-Medal Match
Claressa Shields of the United States took on Nadezda Torlopova of Russia for the gold medal in the women's 75-kilogram weight class.
The 17-year-old American dominated the bout, securing a 19-12 win.
Shields was more aggressive and the better overall boxer, which was the difference in the bout. This was a big win for Shields and was the first boxing gold medal for an American woman.
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Shields came out aggressive, as is expected in such a short match. She was effective with her jab and moved well but couldn't avoid all of the Russian's punches. Torlopova landed two solid right hands.
The first round was a 3-3 tie.
Shields came out with a different approach early in Round 2. She was staying a bit further back, accounting for the longer reach of her opponent. She was effective moving in to strike and then backing away.
The middle of the round saw her go back to a toe-to-toe approach, which allowed the Russian to land several punches.
In the final 40 seconds of the round, Shields became the aggressor. She was successful with two separate flurries and landed several combinations.
Shields dominated the round, 7-4.
Shields again came at Torlopova toe-to-toe to start the third round. She unleashed a few sets of combinations that connected well. She also ducked into a few solid right hands.
Shields had a 5-3 edge in the third round.
The final round for Shields was about finishing strong and not getting hurt. Torlopova finally found the desire to try a few combinations of her own, but her mechanical swings were more reminiscent of a "Rock 'em, Sock 'em Robot" than an Olympic fighter.
She swiveled at the hips and landed a few punches, but Shields was able to avoid most of her shots.
Shields won the round 4-2.
This is a great win for the young fighter. She has some obvious room for improvement, and she isn't as disciplined as she'll need to be as her career advances, but she was clearly the better fighter in this match.
This was an important win for Shields, but held even more meaning for a U.S. boxing team that has struggled in London.
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