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After Early Loss, Boxer Shields May Still Have a Shot at The Olympics

Monday, May 14, 2012

17-year old Claressa Shields believes losing is something other boxers do. (Sue Jaye Johnson)

Seventeen-year old U.S. boxing sensation Claressa Shields lost Monday to UK middleweight Savannah Marshall at the Women’s World Championship in Qinhuangdao, China, but the other middleweight boxers from the Americas also lost. Because two boxers from the Americas are supposed to qualify for the Olympics -- according to predetermined continental quotas -- Claressa might still advance to London. Coach and expert Christy Halbert told Women Box how it will work, according to the International Boxing Association (AIBA).

Boxer Claressa Shields May Still Have a Chance at Olympics
 
17-year old U.S. sensation Claressa Shields lost to Savannah Marshall (UK) at the Women’s World Championship in Qinhuangdao, China Monday, but so did all the other boxers from the Americas. So there’s confusion over whether Claressa might still advance to the Olympics. Coach and expert Christy Halbert told Women Box she’s heard two takes from the International Boxing Association (AIBA):
 
“People who attended the technical meeting say AIBA said if there were a tie, the two Olympic slots for boxers from the Americas would go to the highest ranked boxers in the world,” Halbert said. That would indicate boxers from Canada and Brazil, Halbert said.
 
But Monday, AIBA's media representative told Halbert and others that, to calculate who will advance, AIBA will track the opponents of the boxers who lost. In that scenario, the fighters who lost to the best highest placing boxers in the tournament would advance to London. This would be good for Claressa, Halbert said, “She would still have a chance.”  
 
Here’s her analysis of the odds: The two women who beat fighters from Canada and the Dominican Republic box each other tomorrow, so one of them will be eliminated and one will advance.  The opponent who beat Venezuela will probably win Tuesday. Harder to say for the opponent who beat Brazil: “it’s a toss-up,” Halbert said.  Claressa's opponent, xyz, is high-ranked and likely to win.  That could put three opponents of fighters from the Americas into the quarterfinals. 
 
 “I think the opponent who beat either Canada or the Dominican Republic will advance into the semis,” Halbert said, “And so will the opponent who beat Venezuela.”  But she said Claressa's opponent would face China in the quarterfinals, a tough match for her.
 
Halbert, who is following every nook and cranny of the tournament from China, said we’ll know more Tuesday when AIBA clarifies the process.

To calculate which middleweight boxers in the Americas will advance, AIBA will track the performance of the boxers who beat them. The fighters who lost to the highest placing boxers in the tournament will advance to London. So if the UK's Savannah Marshall continues to do well, Claressa is still in the running. “She would still have a chance,” Halbert said.

Halbert analyzed the odds this way: The two women who beat fighters from Canada and the Dominican Republic fight each other on Tuesday, so one of them will be eliminated and one will advance. The opponent who beat Venezuela will probably win on Tuesday. Harder to say for the opponent who beat Brazil; “It’s a toss-up,” Halbert said. The boxer who beat Claressa, the UK's Savannah Marshall, is high-ranked and likely to win. That could put three boxers who beat fighters from the Americas into the quarterfinals. 

“I think the opponent who beat either Canada or the Dominican Republic will advance into the semis,” Halbert said, “And so will the opponent who beat Venezuela.” But, she said, Marshall -- who beat Claressa -- would face China in the quarterfinals, a tough match for her.

Halbert is analyzing all the tournament details this week in Qinhuangdao.

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Comments [1]

Garrett Rice from flint mi,

I am so hart broke over this loss .....but i know her personally and i know she will come back with more fight then any of us has ever seen!.......watch!!

May. 14 2012 12:43 PM

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