It’s time to get in the ring! The U.S.A.’s Claressa Shields is gunning for gold, but first, she needs to face off against Dariga Shakimova. The Rio 2016 women’s boxing middleweight semifinals take place on Aug. 19 and HollywoodLife.com wants you to see every punch! Click to watch.
For Claressa Shields, 21, and Dariga Shakimova, 27, there is a lot on the line in this women’s middleweight fight. The winner advances to the gold medal fight, while the loser might walk out of Rio 2016 brokenhearted and empty handed. Can Claressa pull a Rocky and send the Knockout from Kazakhstan down for the three-count? The action kicks off at 2:30 PM ET so be ready to watch!
For those boxing fans that want to see all the action, they can watch via NBC’s official Olympic live stream. CLICK HERE TO WATCH CLARESSA SHIELDS VS. DARIGA SHAKIMOVA LIVE STREAM
Claressa is looking to make history – again! In the London 2012 games, she became the first women to win a boxing gold medal, taking the middleweight title by defeating Russian fighter, Nadezda Torlopova, 37. Since then, she has won two boxing World Championship gold medals (in 2014 and 2016) and the gold in the 2015 Pan American Games. Will she add to her bling?
The odds are on her to go back-to-back. Her career record is 75-1, with her only loss happening at the 2012 World Championships. She wasn’t old enough to vote when she suffered her only defeat and since then, there’s only been one word to describe Claressa: Golden.
“I definitely feel like I’m the best fighter here, male or female,” Claressa said ahead of her fight, per Yahoo. “The only person who’s close to me here, as far as skill-wise, is Shakur Stevenson, and that’s my little bro. We’re on the same team. We’re both going to walk out of here with a gold medal.” Shakur faces Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana, 22, for the men’s bantam gold medal on Aug. 20.
If Dariga can pull off an Olympic upset (there have been a lot of those, lately) then she’ll face the winner of the fight between China’s Li Qian, 26, and the Netherlands’ Nouchka Fontijn, 28, on Aug. 21. Otherwise, those women will have to prepare to meet Claressa in the final.
Who do you think is going to win this fight, HollywoodLifers? Will Claressa clean up and waltz her way to the gold medal?