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USA fighter Claressa Shields guaranteed a medal with semifinal berth

Boxing - Olympics: Day 12

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17: Claresa Maria Shields of the United States celebrates after defeating Iaroslava Iakushina of Russia by points during the Women’s Middleweight Quarterfinal on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro - Pavilion 6 on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Claressa Shields is going to medal again.

The 2012 gold medal boxer from Flint, Michigan, assured herself of that with a 3-0 decision over fellow middleweight Iaroslava Iakushina on Wednesday in Rio.

WATCH: Full fight replays

Shields, 21, only lost a single round between three judges, and cruised to the win.

She’ll face Kazakhstan’s Dariga Shakimova in a semifinal. Since both losing semifinalists in boxing receive bronze medals, she is guaranteed a medal.

The other semifinal sees Li Qian of China and Nouchka Fontijin of the Netherlands.

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