Women’s Sports Foundation Honors Shields
Claressa Shields was one of two women recognized as Sportswomen of the Year by the Women’s Sports Foundation at their annual dinner.
Earlier this year, Shields won a gold medal in the middleweight division of women’s boxing at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. With Olympic boxing only adding women’s competitions back at the 2012 Summer Games in London, Shields became the first U.S. boxer to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the sport. She also holds a record of 77-1 and two world championships.
"If you want to get the best out of me, you have to let me fully perform," she said. "The guys [who I spar with] can’t hold back on me, so you end up going 100 percent. There’s a bunch of guys who wanted to prove a point, and they couldn’t."
Shields, who is from Flint, Michigan, and recently moved to Boynton Beach, Florida, was sporting a new tattoo on her right bicep. The tattoo contains the Olympic rings along with the words "London" and "Rio" and the letters that represent gold on the periodic table of chemistry, "Au."
Whether or not the 21-year-old wants to possibly add Tokyo to that tattoo is still unknown, as Shields is still thinking about if she wants to box at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
"I’m back in the gym, trying to figure out what’s the best move next," Shields said. "I’m taking my time with that. I have a couple of different options. I can go pro or stay amateur for 2020."