AMERICA’S BOXING STARS OF THE LONDON OLYMPICS ARE FEMALE!
FEMALE OLYMPIAN CLARISSA SHIELDS WINS ONLY AMERICAN GOLD MEDAL
Los Angeles, Ca- Clarissa Shields, a 17 year-old Flint Michigan high schooler, slugged her way to victory today winning the Olympic Gold Medal by defeating Nadezda Torlopova of Russia, 19-12, in the middleweight (165 lb.) division. She was impressively dominant throughout the tournament showing skill, grit, determination and poise. Women have showed that they have a place in what has traditionally been considered a male sport. In fact Shield’s bouts were some of the most entertaining, and she was one of the most dominant and fierce competitors in the whole tournament, male or female.
ESPARZA TAKES HOME THE BRONZE
Marlen Esparza of Texas, fought valiantly but had to settle for a Bronze medal in the flyweight (112 lb.) division in what was a close but controversial decision loss in the semifinal to Ren Cancan of China, the world amateur champion and favorite coming in. The Chinese fighter who had a two point lead going into the fourth and final round, landed no significant blows yet still managed to be awarded two scoring blows in the final stanza by the judges, in a round that Esparza clearly won. The final round was scored 2-2. Esparza, who claims that this will be her final bout as she is retiring from boxing to go to school, lost 10-8. Congratulations to the USA’s medal winners in boxing. As Pedro Fernandez put it, the idea of just three weight classes in female boxing, 112, 132, 165 lbs., is oppressive at the least, discriminatory at the most.