Whoever said women shouldn’t box wasn’t privy to the power emanating from boxers of all genders. Boxing for women was banned in the UK until the year 1996, on the justification that premenstrual syndrome took away the boxers’ stability and stamina to fight. It was at 1904 Olympics that women’s boxing was introduced as a demonstration sport but only at London Olympics 2012 that women’s boxing was included in the Olympics.
The three events where women boxers can participate are
• Flyweight (51kg)
• Lightweight (60kg)
• Middleweight (75kg)
For a country that has dominated this sport for a very long time, this Olympics didn’t prove successful for the US men boxers as they failed to win even a single medal, but this wasn’t the case for the US women as 17-year-old Claressa Shields of the United States won the middleweight gold medal in women’s boxing. She won the gold medal by defeating her rival Torlopova, 33, of Russia. “I was able to put my combinations together, land a lot of clean shots, punch straight,” Shields said after defeating her opponent.
Shields is definitely the American boxing sensation this year!
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