Claressa Shields, 16, of Flint, MI, prayed before her fight Tuesday night at the Women's Olympic Trials in Spokane, WA. But she doesn't seem to need anyone's help.
"I' m not scared of no female boxer," she said, "Or male boxer. No matter how hard they hit or how strong they are."
"When I get in the ring," she went on, "it's like I am getting in there with myself. I don't think I've figured out how to beat myself yet. Because I keep getting better."
She proved that again Tuesday night when she defeated Andrecia Wasson. She will face Tika Hemingway of Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday night in the semi-finals. Shields predicted Hemingway will be her toughest competition.
Tiara Brown, 23, from Fort Myers, FL, and N'yteeyah Sherman of Barberton, OH, traded punches in a fight that started out close Tuesday night. Sherman pulled ahead and won by an 8 point margin. She will face the hometown favorite, Queen Underwood on Thursday.
Tiara Brown drops into the opponents bracket. If she wants to keep her Olympic dream alive, she will have to win five fights in five nights.
Tyrieshia Douglas also moves into the losers bracket after a close and emotional fight against top-ranked Christina Cruz of New York.