The state of Michigan has been well represented at the 2012 London Olympics, and looking to keep that representation stellar is Claressa Shields of Flint, Mich. Shields is a boxer, and she took on Sweden's Anna Laurell in the women's boxing's middleweight division on Monday and came out on top. Shields won her opening round match 18-14 and will meet Kazakhstan fighter Marina Volnova on Wednesday.
As noted by MLive.com, the opening round was a tough one for Shields, who was facing an opponent who was four inches taller than her and had a wealth of experience in her favor. Shields was bested in the first round, but it looks like her youth played to her advantage as she quickly out-paced Laurell and took the lead heading into round three. Laurell required a standing eight count near the end of the match.
Shields will definitely have a tough test in her next bout against Volnova. The Kazakhstan fighter bested Great Britian's Savannah Marshall in her round one matchup -- and Marshall was the fighter to give Shields her first amateur loss earlier this year at the Women's World Championships in Qinhuangdao, China.