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).
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.