NPR’s Bill Chappell has a feature on Flint gold medalist Claressa Shields, the first woman ever to win middleweight gold. Shields defeated Russia’s Nadezda Torlopova by a score of 19-12 in yesterday’s final. The feature includes a nice account of the title bout and adds a bit about a legend of boxing who took notice of the Flint fighter:
One of Shields’ heroes is legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard — who tweeted about her earlier this week: “Your Jab is so solid use it more! Your Hook, wow (just like mine) win every round and bring home the Gold Claressa!”
Speaking by phone with All Things Considered co-host Melissa Block hours after her match, Shields said, “Yeah, you know I was kinda shocked that he tweeted me. I didn’t know, because he didn’t tag me in it. I was like, What?”
“Just hearing he’s been watching me is a complement,” she said. “It means a lot, because he’s somebody who I studied. It was great.”
PS: If anyone finds a good video from the match, please post it in the comments!