The two-time Olympic gold medalist, 21-year-old Claressa Shields is ready to step into her second professional fight and will go down in history as the first woman to headline a fight card on premium cable.
Shields became the first U.S. woman to win a boxing gold medal when she won the Women’s Middleweight Boxing at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She is pitted against former world title challenger Szilvia Szabados on Friday night on Showtime telecast from MGM Grand Detroit.
Shields is one of those types of women’s boxer that is much needed in the sport. And she agrees to that; she said, “I’m definitely carrying women’s boxing right now. I’m the one with the torch”.
Talkative and cocky like Muhammad Ali, Shields lives up to what is says,”I’m the one that whenever I say something, everybody respects it because it’s the truth.”
Shields achieved another feat when she won her second Olympic medal in Rio 2016, which made her the first American boxer, male or female, to bag an Olympic title twice in a row.
Shields thought that there are so many great, good women that have come up before her, but she always said to herself as an amateur, in order for women’s boxing to actually grow and to be given any respect, she felt like she had to go pro.
In addition, there wasn’t much left to carry out at the amateur level.
She said that it was a big decision, but she felt like it was time and she knew that going back to the Olympics was an easy feat for her. She has been there before, she has done it before. She didn’t really saw any competition in the amateurs, even now. Shields still keep up with the girls, and none of the girls at 165 can do anything with her.
Friday’s six-round fight against Hungarian Szabados (15-8) will be for the women’s NABF middleweight championship, and it will take place at Detroit’s MGM Grand, nearby from her hometown of Flint, Michigan.