Claressa Shields

  • Aired:  09/25/12
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American boxer Claressa Shields talks about the London Olympics, weight classes and Stephen's punchable head. (5:38)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY, THANK YOU SO MUCH!

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THE FIRST WOMAN TO WIN GOLD IN OLYMPIC BOXING.

THAT'S CALLED PUNCHING THROUGH THE GLASS CEILING.

(LAUGHTER) PLEASE WELCOME CLARESSA SHIELDS.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) CLAS REA, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING ON.

WHAT AN HONOR, OLYMPIC CHAMPION, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

AN HISTORIC OLYMPIC CHAMPION AT THAT.

NOW, YOUNG LADY, HOW WAS LONDON?

>> LONDON WAS GREAT, I HAD A GLORIOUS TIME.

IT WAS FUN.

>> Stephen: DID YOU EVER THINK WHEN YOU WERE A KID-- HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU STARTED BOXING?

>> I WAS 11.

>> Stephen: WHAT DREW YOU-- THERE WERE A LOT OF SPORTS OUT THERE, YOU KNOW?

YOU COULD HAVE PLAYED BASKETBALL, YOU COULD HAVE PLAYED SOFTBALL, WHY BOXING?

>> I JUST SIMPLY-- TO MAKE IT SIMPLE, I LOVE HITTING PEOPLE.

(LAUGHTER).

(LAUGHTER).

>> Stephen: I'M GLAD YOU'RE NOT A WAITRESS.

>> (LAUGHS).

>> Stephen: I'LL KEEP THAT IN MIND AS WE GO FORWARD WITH THIS INTERVIEW.

WHAT IS IT YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT HITTING THE PEOPLE?

(LAUGHTER)

>> I THINK IT MUST BE ABOUT WHEN SHALL BE HITS ME AND THEN WHEN I HIT THEM BACK IT'S LIKE THEY CAN

HIT ME HARD AND I'M LIKE "OKAY, I'M ABOUT TO HIT YOU BACK HARDER." AND SOMETIMES I MAKE THEM CRY AND THAT'S A WONDERFUL THING.

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: IS THERE CRYING IN BOXING?

DO PEOPLE SOMETIMES CRY UP THERE?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: I DIDN'T REALIZE THERE WAS CRYING IN BOXING?

>> THE GIRL I BEAT CRIED.

>> Stephen: SO FOR THE GOLD MEDAL YOU FOUGHT A US AREKY, OKAY?

YOU FOUGHT A RUSSKY.

WHAT COUNTRY IS IT MOST SATISFYING TO PUNCH IN THE FACE?

>> (LAUGHS) ALL OF THEM!

(APPLAUSE).

>> Stephen: THAT'S NICE.

CAN I SEE THE GOLD MEDAL?

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: OH, THAT THING IS HEAVY.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: YOU HAVE TO BE IN SHAPE JUST TO WEAR IT.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: SO HOW MUCH TRAINING?

WHAT'S YOUR DAY LIKE?

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU SPEND IN THE RING TRAINING?

>> WELL, UP IN FLINT I USUALLY GO DOWN-- I RUN IN THE MORNING AND THAT'S PROBABLY ABOUT AN HOUR, THEN I SLEEP THROUGH THE

DAY THEN PROBABLY 6:00 TO 8:30 I WORK OUT.

SO THAT'S EIGHT HOURS DURING THE DAY.

SO TRAINING CAMP WAS DIFFERENT.

>> Stephen: SO YOU LIVE IN FLYNT, MICHIGAN, AND YOU ENJOY PUNCHING PEOPLE.

DO YOU EVER RUN INTO MICHAEL MOORE BECAUSE HE'S FROM FLINT-- JUST FOR ME, JUST GO-- "THIS ONE IS FROM STEPHEN COLBERT."

(LAUGHTER) RIGHT ACROSS THE CHOPS.

HE'S A HEAVY-- WHAT WEIGHT CLASS ARE YOU?

>> MIDDLE WEIGHT.

>> Stephen: IS THAT A COMPLIMENT FOR A WOMAN?

>> (LAUGHS)

>> Stephen: MIHDAR LING YOU'RE A MIDDLE WEIGHT TONIGHT.

>> YEAH, IT'S BETTER THAN PEOPLE SAYING HEAVYWEIGHT.

THAT'S AN INSULT I THINK.

>> Stephen: ARE THERE HEAVYWEIGHTS?

DO WOMEN GO UP TO HEAVYWEIGHTS?

>> YEAH, UP IN WOMEN'S BOXING IF YOU'RE OVER 178 POUNDS THEY CALL YOU A HEAVYWEIGHT.

>> Stephen: NOW, AS THE FIRST WOMAN TO WIN AN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL, YOU'RE THE FIRST, YOU'RE A PIONEER.

BUT WHO WERE THE ROLE MODELS?

WHO ARE THE BOXERS YOU SAID "I WANT TO BOX LIKE THAT"?

>> IT WASN'T EVEN WOMEN.

I LOOKED AT JOE LOUIS, SUGAR RAY ROBINSON, TOMMY HEARNS, I NEVER LOOKED AT ANY OF THE WOMEN.

>> Stephen: OKAY, BECAUSE YOU'RE THE FIRST OLYMPIC CHAMPION FOR WOMEN SO YOU-- IN SOME WAYS YOU HAVE TO LOOK UP TO YOURSELF.

(LAUGHTER) WHICH IS BIG SHOES TO FILL.

(LAUGHTER) BUT I THINK YOU CAN DO IT.

>> YEAH, I CAN DO IT.

YEAH.

>> Stephen: DID I JUST BLOW YOUR MIND?

(LAUGHTER)

>> I NEVER-- I ALWAYS TRY NOT TO THINK TOO BIG ABOUT IT.

REALLY WHEN I'M BOGGING I NEVER EVEN LOOKED AT ANY OTHER FEMALE BOXER.

I WAS JUST LIKE "I IMMEDIATE TO BE BETTER THAN WHOEVER'S OUT THERE."

>> Stephen: NOW YOU HAVE STYLE IN THE RING.

A LOT OF OLYMPIC BOXING IS STAID, VERY-- VERY QUIET AND FORMAL.

BUT YOU HAD A LITTLE RAZZLE DAZZLE OUT THERE.

DID THAT THROW YOUR OPPONENTS?

>> RAZZLE DAZZLE?

UM--

>> Stephen: IT'S A TECHNICAL TERM.

(LAUGHTER)

>> I THINK IT DID.

YOU KNOW, LIKE NOBODY MOVES THEIR HEAD LIKE ME, NOBODY DOES THIS THAT LIKE I DO.

(APPLAUSE) (LAUGHS)

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

CAN YOU-- I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE HAVE THE UNITED STATES-- THE UNITED STATES HAS YOU AS OUR PIONEER IN THIS BUT I

WAS ALWAYS TAUGHT NOT TO HIT A LADY, OKAY?

IS IT OKAY FOR ME TO DO THAT NOW?

(LAUGHTER)

>> UM-- DON'T HIT ME.

>> Stephen: DON'T HIT YOU?

NO, BECAUSE IT WOULD BE THE LAST PUNCH I EVER THROW.

(LAUGHTER) DO I LOOK PUNCHABLE?

I'VE BEEN TOLD I'VE GOT A PUNCHABLE HEAD.

(LAUGHTER) WHERE WOULD YOU PUNCH ME?

RIGHT HERE?

A (LAUGHS) RIGHT HERE?

AND THEN ONCE THE BLOOD STOPPED-- (LAUGHTER).

WOULD YOU JUST HERE IS MY HEAD OFF WITH ONE PUNCH?

>> NO, I WOULD SAY SORRY FOR HITTING YOU.

>> Stephen: OH, THAT'S NICE.

BUT IT WOULD FEEL GOOD FOR YOU BECAUSE I WOULD START CRYING.

>> (LAUGHS) YEAH, THAT WOULD MAKE MY DAY.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: WELL, PLEASE COME BACK ANOTHER TIME AND THROW A PUNCH AT ME.

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU SO MUCH.

OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST CLARESSA SHIELDS!

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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