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Claressa Shields earns shot at gold

Updated: August 8, 2012, 12:54 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- The newest American boxing sensation is a cocky teenager with heavy hands, fleet feet and a serious mean streak.

And just like Cassius Clay, Joe Frazier and Oscar De La Hoya before her, Claressa Shields is about to fight for a gold medal.

The 17-year-old middleweight dominated Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova in the semifinals of the first Olympic women's boxing tournament Wednesday, earning a spot in the title bout against Russia's Nadezda Torlopova.

After pounding away ...

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