Olympians Claressa Shields and Shakur Stevenson get first-round byes


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Claressa Shields won’t step into the ring until Aug. 17 because of a first-round bye as a result of her No. 1 seeding. The Michigan native will face the winner of the middleweight opening bout between Taipei’s Nien-Chin Chen and Russia’s Iaroslava Iakushina. Shields struck gold at the 2012 London Games in the women’s Olympic debut. 

On the men’s side, Shakur Stevenson, a slick bantamweight from Newark, New Jersey, also got to skip the first round by virtue of his No. 4 seeding and won’t have to fight until Aug. 14. Stevenson, undefeated in international competition and a favorite of a number of professional stars, such as Terence Crawford and Andre Ward, will face whomever emerges between Brazil’s Robenilson de Jesus and Algeria’s Fahem Hammachi. Stevenson will look to become the first American male to win gold since Ward did it in 2004 in Athens.

http://ringtv.craveonline.com/news/431553-olympians-claressa-shields-and-shakur-stevenson-get-first-round-byes

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