Barys Arena in Astana, capital city of Kazakhstan was the site of the 2016 AIBA Women’s World Championships from 19-27 May, where defending champions, Olympic gold medalists and emerging new talents produced a strong showing. Reigning Olympic middleweight champion Claressa Shields continued her string of dominance in women’s boxing, winning her second consecutive gold. Combined with her Olympic gold medal from women’s boxing’s debut in 2012 and her inaugural world title in 2014, Shields becomes the first U.S. boxer to earn three combined world or Olympic titles.
Shadasia Green, a former McDonald’s All-American nominee who played basketball for Old Dominion, won silver in the heavyweight division after a points loss to Kazakhstan’s Lazzat Kungeibayeva before a home crowd in Friday’s final bout. This was the first international tournament of her career.
Marlen Esparza (light flyweight), Christina Cruz (bantamweight) and Franchon Crews (light heavyweight) each won bronze after bowing in their semi-final fights.