Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 9/3/14
The first female U.S. boxer to win a gold medal at the Olympics, 17-year-old Claressa Shields was picky after her first bout since her London victory. ''I breathed through my mouth too much,'' Shields said immediately after her National Police Athletic League semifinal victory over Dara Shen on Friday night in the 165-pound open division. The contest between the Flint, Mich., fighter and Shen was stopped 46 seconds into the third round. Shields had a 30-7 advantage in the third round, but the officials called the match because Shen was overmatched. In the first round, Shen was able to get Shields to move around the ring to attack, but after a few solid punches, Shields took a commanding 10-2 points lead. The second round proved easier for her, as she maneuvered Shen into corners, and forced officials to call a couple of standing-eight counts to protect Shen from injury. But Shields kept on the offensive and led, 19-5, after two rounds before winning her 27th career bout in the t...
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