US middleweight Claressa Shields, the London 2012 gold medallist and Rio Olympian, won her second bout of the AIBA Women’s World championships at the Barys Arena in Astana, Kazakhstan on Sunday.
Shields occupied the centre of the ring and let Uzbekistan’s Nafisakhon Askarova come to her. The Uzbek was too wild with her swinging hooks, while Shields hammered her back with fast, straight shots. Claressa hit to hurt, dropping her gloves in the last round as she slung eye-catching punches in, maintaining her aggression throughout. An exciting four-round battle that Shields won widely, 40-36 and 40-35 twice.
British middleweight Savannah Marshall won her second bout at the Worlds. India’s Pooja Rani tried to rush Marshall, winging punches at her. But Savannah took her measure and bounced easily forward and back, light on her feet, punishing Rani and keeping her on the end of long one-twos.