Shields dominates, wins 2nd gold medal
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) —
Claressa Shields is taking home even more than a second gold medal from Rio.
Shields became the first woman to win the Val Barker Trophy as the outstanding boxer in an Olympics on Sunday. The American middleweight got the award shortly after beating the Netherlands' Nouchka Fontijn to defend her London title.
Four years after women were added to the Olympic boxing competition, AIBA changed its rules to award two Val Barker Trophies for the first time in Rio.
Shields was joined by Uzbek light flyweight Hasanboy Dusmatov, who won the men's Val Barker one week after completing his impressive run to gold.
Shields is the sixth American to win a Val Barker Trophy, but the first since Roy Jones Jr. in the 1988 Seoul Games. Jones was named the top boxer despite losing the gold-medal bout in scandalous fashion.