Highlight 3 | Issue | Premium | Preview | Oct 01 2019

Claressa Shields looks to make history, again

Claressa Shields bids for world title at third weight, writes Daniel Herbert
Claressa Shields and Ivana Habazin went face to face Thursday at the final press conference  |  Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

CLARESSA SHIELDS has already made plenty of history, but America’s double Olympic gold medallist is hungry for more. On Saturday (October 5) at the Dort Federal Event Center in her hometown of Flint, Michigan the woman known as “T-Rex” fights Croatia’s Ivana Habazin for the vacant WBO super-welterweight title. Showtime televise in the USA and BoxNation in the UK.

The tagline is that Shields will be going for a pro world title in her third weight class, having already reigned at super-middle, then middleweight. And this will be only her 10th paid fight, whereas the brilliant Vasyl Lomachenko took all of 12 bouts to become a three-weight king in the men’s game.

“Having the opportunity to become world champion in a third weight division faster than any man or woman in boxing history will make this a night I will cherish forever,” said Shields.


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