Claressa Shields From Olympic Champion to First Loss
Claressa Shields is a world-class boxer, the first woman to win a gold medal for boxing in the Olympics, and a feminist icon. But even Claressa Shields has her struggles. She had a tough time after she lost her first fight.
Her coach Terry Claybon said that Claressa was “distraught” and “confused” after she lost. However, she quickly got back on her feet and won her next fight. In this article, we’ll learn about how Claressa dealt with her loss and what it takes to be a champion.
Section 1: Claressa Shields
Claressa is considered by many to be the greatest female boxer of all time. However, she became a victim of sexism when the US Boxing Athletic Association (USBA) decided not to give her a fight in the summer of 2016.
She was initially scheduled to fight in June 2016, but, instead, it was her male opponent, Hanna Gabriels, who was handed a fight. They fought in July 2016 and Gabriels won. In March 2017, the International Boxing Federation (IBF) had made a very strict rule that no female boxer could have more than three fights in a row.
Olympic Champion to First Loss
After Claressa Shields won her first gold medal, she started to be recognized as an outstanding boxer. But when she lost her first fight, she found that she had a lot of struggles. For Claressa, losing her first fight meant losing her sense of identity as an athlete. This was something that she had already been feeling before the fight. She decided to take a much-needed break and to get away from the harsh realities of the world. But when she got back, she put that loss behind her.
However, when Claressa was asked about it, she said that losing the first fight was very hard for her. She said,
“When I first lost, I was still confused about it. I didn’t know what to think. It was like a fight between life and death.
How did Claressa deal with her first loss?
Claressa can be known as a feminist icon and she has had to struggle for her family and because of her gender. On April 21, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio, Claressa lost to Hannah Rankin by TKO in the 5th round. When it was the fourth round, Rankin said that she was expecting a “blowout” and that her hands were tired from her previous win against the other Claressa Shields. Rankin threw many low punches, but Claressa was resilient and continued to punch back and use a higher and stronger guard.
After the loss, Rankin congratulated Claressa on the win. She said that it was a “great fight” and a “good learning experience” for Claressa. Rankin admitted that she lost to a better MMA fighter and that she would come back stronger. She did. She had two wins after her loss to Claressa.
What does it take to be a champion?
What does it take to be a champion? Here are some of the things that go into being a champion, according to HustleTV, Manny Pacquiao, and Roy Jones Jr. Both men are champions and have trained fighters in the past. Pacquiao once said, “To be a champion, you must train, you must have patience, and most importantly, you must have discipline.”
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