US Middleweight Claressa Shields Advances to Gold Medal Bout

US Middleweight Claressa Shields defeated Kazakhstan’s Marina Volnova in the semis to advance to the gold medal bout against Russia’s Nadezda Torlopova in the Olympics first-ever female boxing competition.
By: Leslie Dobbins
August 08 2012 12:51 PM

US Middleweight Claressa Shields defeated Kazakhstan’s Marina Volnova in the semis to advance to the gold medal bout against Russia’s Nadezda Torlopova in the Olympics first-ever female boxing competition, according to AP.

Shields defeated Volnova 29-15 in the fight.

"I'm still kind of shocked," Shields said. "I'm thinking in my head, 'Is it really true? Am I fighting for a gold medal tomorrow?'"

Shields is the last American boxer left standing in London after flyweight Marlen Esparza lost 10-8 to Chinese world champion Ren Cancan. Esparza will take home the bronze medal.

The Shields v Torlopova bout will take place on Thursday.

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