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Claressa Shields: I'm Once in a Century Kind of Athlete!

Undisputed middleweight world champion Claressa Shields is only a day away from her scheduled return to the ring.

Shields will start off 2020 by dropping down in weight to challenge former welterweight champion Ivana Habazin in a clash for the vacant WBC and WBO 154-pound world titles this Friday, January 10 live on Showtime from Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J.

Shields and Habazin were scheduled to fight last October, but their contest was shockingly called off during the official weigh-in. There were a verbal altercation between Shields' sister and Habazin's head trainer, James Ali Bashir. And that eventually led to Shields' brother knocking Bashir out with a sucker-punch.

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Shields, who captured two Olympic gold medals, wants to become a three division world champion in only her tenth fight as a pro. 

The always talkative Shields considered herself to be the greatest female fighter of all-time.

“I’m once in a century kind of athlete. I guarantee it’s going to be over before six rounds. And I say six because I’m punching different. I’m stronger at 154. I’m faster," Shields said.

“I just try to keep carrying women’s boxing the best way that I can. I’m regarded as a top 10 fighter in boxing already with only nine fights. When you have that kind of pressure you have to go out and not be average. Skill wise, there’s not a woman that can compare to me. I can do everything. I can box, I can brawl, I can stand in front of you toe-to-toe. When I win this fight I’m just going to get a little bit louder with: She’s the GWOAT, Greatest Women Of All Time. Put it there. I claim it.

“After everything happened in Flint, I had a conversation with Stephen Espinoza and he just told me to stay focused. Everyone who was in Flint and knows about the incident that happened knows it’s not something I have a history of doing. I don’t do stuff outside the ring. One of the things she said that was really disrespectful was that I didn’t make weight for October 4. Don’t believe the lies. I made 154 pounds and I’m going to be a three-division world champion come Friday. Ivana doesn’t stand a chance. I’m sorry, I’m just going to keep it real. She’s not as skilled as Christina Hammer. She worked her way up, but once a quitter, always a quitter."

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Comment by famicommander on 01-08-2020

[QUOTE=Boxing Goat;20311153]That would have been a solid matchup in my opinion. Holly Holm vs. Shields would have been fun as well[/QUOTE] Holm is way too small. She fought between 135-147 and ran from the entire sport when she was ordered…

Comment by Boxing Goat on 01-08-2020

[QUOTE=NachoMan;20310883]Sort of an ironic opinion given your own username, but I agree. She sort of gets on my nerves too. :)[/QUOTE] Touché But I'm not an athlete or any kind of public figure who will be judged based on anything…

Comment by Boxing Goat on 01-08-2020

[QUOTE=Fangedgrowl;20310701]So would Lucia Rijker too.[/QUOTE] That would have been a solid matchup in my opinion. Holly Holm vs. Shields would have been fun as well

Comment by a.rihn on 01-08-2020

I have a lot of respect for fighters who stay humble, but I don't mind when they want to talk big, either. There are fun, positive ways of doing it. Jack Johnson, Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson. Plenty of big talkers…

Comment by famicommander on 01-08-2020

She's lucky Braekhus is pushing 40 and a welterweight. Even now, if Shields is brave enough to drop one more weight class the First Lady will box her face off.

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