Olympic boxing champion Claressa Shields is in Mexico City this week for the Pan American Olympic Festival, a multi-sport event.
There are five athletes scheduled to compete in her weight division, but she won’t find out her opponent until the tournament draw.
Boxing competition is scheduled to run from July 16-20, but Shields confirmed Wednesday, July 16, that she won’t be fighting on the opening day.
“It’ll take focus. The preparation is already done,” Shields said. “There are some countries here that I’ve never had the chance to box before, so I’ll definitely have to make my adjustments to land clean-and-hard shots.”
The 19-year-old fighter from Flint, is one of four athletes representing the United States in the event, joining fellow Olympians Marlen Esparza and Queen Underwood and a male boxer, Cam F.
Shields won another gold medal in her last bout Saturday, May 31, at the Cheo Aponte Tournament in Caguas, Puerto Rico. She first drew worldwide attention as a 17-year-old in 2012 when she became America’s first female gold medalist for boxing as a middleweight at the London Olympic Games. [click to continue…]