Claressa Shields’ message to teenagers is more powerful than her devastating right cross

Claressa Shields
Claressa Shields, a world and Olympic boxing champion, speaks to school children regularly and “delivers messages to them that are incredible,” manager Mark Taffet says. Photographed near downtown Flint, Mich.
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Christina House officially joined the Los Angeles Times photography staff in 2017 after nearly 10 years as a freelance photographer. A native Southern Californian, she grew up in Long Beach and graduated from Cal State Fullerton.