Originally written on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 8/29/14
Claressa Shields into final after fantastic display It was the Women's semi-finals during the afternoon session on the twelfth day of competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The ExCeL Arena was again packed full with an atmosphere unrivalled. In the first Flyweight bout (51kg), AIBA World Champion Cancan Ren from China faced the American starlet Marlen Esparza. It was the orthodox 23-year-old USA boxer who looked to take the initiative, using the jab before throwing body shots but the Chinese top seed's quick counter-punching gave her a slender point advantage coming into the second round. The precise shots of the favorite once again saw her score vital point of the counter with her hand speed making the difference. A big right hand from the Chinese southpaw had Esparza on the back foot, however the diminutive American landed a couple of good hits at the end of the third to reduce her deficit to two points coming into the final round. Ren's reach advantage gave her the edge as...
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