Claressa Shields will attempt to pick up yet anothet title in a different division August 17!
3kingsboxing.com has learned former unified super middleweight and current undisputed female middleweight champion Claressa Shields (9-0, 2KOs) will return to the ring August 17 to pick up a title in the junior middleweight division now!
The WBO title is vacant, therefore, se and Ivana Habazin (20-3, 7KOs) will battle to become the new champion.
Shields is coming off a dominant unanimous decision victory over Christina Hammer on April 13. She defeated the former unified champion to become undisputed in the division.
The fight will take place in Shields’ hometown of Flint, Michigan and air live on Showtime.
If victorious, Shields will be the quickest fighter, male or female, to win titles in three divisions with ten wins. She would beat out Vasyl Lomachenko and Kosei Tanaka, who accomplished the feat in 2018 with twelve wins.
Her opponent Habazin is a former IBF welterweight champion who lost her title in a unification bout against undisputed welterweight champion Cecilia Braehkus.
The Fighters Speak
Shields shared her thoughts on the upcoming fight.
“It’s hard to even put into words how excited I am to be returning home as undisputed champion and fighting in front of all my fans in Flint.
“Having the opportunity to become world champion in a third weight division faster than any man or woman in boxing history will make August 17 a night I will cherish forever.
“The only American boxer in history to capture back-to-back Olympic Gold medals. It’s another big step forward in lifting women’s boxing on the road to equality.”
The challenger shared comments as well.
“I’m honored to fight on SHOWTIME and to be making my debut in the U.S. It’s a dream come true and this is a huge chance for me to prove that I am one of boxing’s elite fighters.
“I will not let this opportunity pass. I’m not just coming to the U.S. to fight, I’m coming for victory.
“I’m actually a big fan of Claressa. She made history for women’s boxing and will be a great opponent for me.
“She’s very confident in herself. She’s aggressive, she can move, she has speed and good defense. But I have all of this too, and I can punch.
“I can’t wait to see what she is made of. They said her fight against Hammer was the biggest of all time, but I think this one will be the greatest ever.”
By: Jerrell Fletcher