USA Boxing 2016 Rio Olympics Preview: Claressa Shields & Shakur Stevenson leads gold medal hopes for United States

USA Boxing 2016 Rio Olympics Preview: Claressa Shields & Shakur Stevenson leads gold medal hopes for United States

The United States Olympic team has a total of 554 competitors in their delegation. This only means that they are bound to win many gold, silver and bronze medals. They are only trailed by host Brazil as the second most number of competitors in their delegation at 465. Moreover, the USA Boxing team is something to look out for in 2016 Rio Olympics.

United States boxers such as Claressa Shields and Shakur Stevenson are two athletes to watch out for in the tourney. Shields fights in the Women’s middleweight division, while Stevenson fights in the Men’s bantamweight division.

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The USA Boxing team only has eight players that qualified for 2016 Rio Olympics. Two of which are women, while the rest are men. The women are Claressa Shields and Mikaela Mayer.

On the other hand, the men are Shakur Stevenson, Carlos Balderas, Nico Hernandez, Charles Conwell, Gary Russell and Antonio Vargas.

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But the two boxers that have the highest chances of bringing home the gold medal are Shields and Stevenson. This is because Claressa already won a gold medal back in 2012 London Olympic Games. She defeated Nadezda Torlopova of Russia by a score of 19-12 in the middleweight division. Shields is a force to reckon with in her division since she also won a World Championship title in boxing in 2014.

The 21-year-old native of Michigan is also the first woman in history to win a US Boxing gold medal.

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Meanwhile, Shakur is also a prospect to watch out for in the 2016 Rio Olympics boxing. The NBC Olympics News considers him as the USA Boxing’s “best hope” in the men’s bantamweight division.

At just 19-years-old, he has already won the 2014 AIBA Youth World championships, 2014 Youth Olympic Games and just recently, the Senior US Olympic Trials.

The Senior Trials has made him qualified to the Rio Olympics.

Shields will start her campaign on August 18, while Stevenson will fight on August 14.