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Claressa Shields Vows To Beat Down, Stop Ivana Habazin

As the calendar flips to a new decade, undisputed middleweight champion Claressa Shields shared her New Year's resolution ahead of her upcoming showdown against former champion Ivana Habazin for the vacant WBC and WBO 154-pound titles taking place Friday, January 10 live on SHOWTIME from the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J.
 
"I really have just one main resolution for the new year - no compromising," said Shields. "That goes for both my personal and professional life. I also want to get closer to God and stay undefeated. I was going to say stop cursing also, but that's just not happening."

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Shields vs. Habazin will open up the 2020 year of big boxing events, with Shields seeking to become the fastest fighter in boxing history, male or female, to become a three-division world champion.
 
"I'm very happy to kick off 2020," said Shields. "Gervonta Davis ended 2019 on SHOWTIME and then the GWOAT brings in the New Year for SHOWTIME in 2020. It's going to be a great start to the year. I'm coming in with a bang and gunning for the knockout.
 
"I'm super excited to have Jaron Ennis on the undercard, too. To me, he's the next Roy Jones Jr. of boxing. He's slick, he has power, he can box and he's an all-around dedicated athlete. I look forward to sharing the card with him as a future world champion."
 
Shields has trained in Miami with her head coach John David Jackson ahead of her 154-pound debut and has been able to maintain her focus and worked to stay sharp despite the fight's two postponements.
 
"I made 154 pounds back in October before the cancellation," said Shields. "After our fight was cancelled, I stayed active and only put on about 10 pounds. I've been down in Florida for the last six or seven weeks. It's been hard work. I've pushed myself and I'm not taking Habazin lightly. I want the knockout because Ivana talks too much. I'm staying focused on being focused, and not letting anyone throw me off by talking nonsense.
 
"I don't eat meat anymore. I haven't in over three months, so my body is more toned now. I actually have a six-pack already with just a little more weight to lose. I think people are going to be surprised at the 154-pound version of me. I'm going to be very strong and very fast because I've basically had five months to prepare and to get ready for her specifically."
 
Despite training camp taking her through the many holiday events that are gluttonously celebrated by the masses, Shields has stayed disciplined ahead of her opportunity to make more history.
 
"Balancing around the holidays is something I've been doing for years," said Shields. "I saved a lot of money by not going home for Christmas, that's for sure. But I still spoke with all my family and connected with everyone. I have a very strict diet in camp and I actually trained on Christmas. I consider my diet more of a life plan in general, and I have my days where I'll splurge, but I stay disciplined."
 
Ahead of next week's event in Atlantic City, Shields plans to unleash and make another statement on her way to another championship-winning performance.

"No matter what she says, this beat down was coming in October," said Shields. "All I'm doing is bringing it to Atlantic City. I'm going to knock her out. I'm going to put down a whole different beat down on her because of the level of disrespect she has shown me. I'm not going to let her be disrespectful towards me and I'm going to knock her out to shut her up."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Queen_Leia on 01-10-2020

[QUOTE=Curtis2;20300920]No question for me, I'll take Ennis by stoppage over Danny boy with bank$$$$ behind it![/QUOTE] After what I seen tonight, if you real $$$$ you want to cough up, I got Danny to beat Ennis. This caveman Ennis fought…

Comment by markther on 01-03-2020

PLEASE, she isn’t knocking out anybody. The only person knocking out anybody is her brother who sucker punches trainers. But she has 2 stoppages and her last one was in 2017. This fight will go the distance too.

Comment by Curtis2 on 01-03-2020

[QUOTE=Queen_Leia;20300719]I have not seen Ennis in with a live body, but I've seen Garcia in with several. Until Ennis proves otherwise, I'll take Garcia by decision.[/QUOTE] No question for me, I'll take Ennis by stoppage over Danny boy with bank$$$$…

Comment by Queen_Leia on 01-03-2020

[QUOTE=Curtis2;20298847]Could you imagine a bout between Jarron Ennis vs D Garcia?? Danny would never fight with Jarron...Danny would take a hellacious beating from Jarron, undoubtably...[/QUOTE] I have not seen Ennis in with a live body, but I've seen Garcia in…

Comment by wclass2009 on 01-03-2020

I hopa shields get beat down can't stand her ****y behind she needs to get taken off her high horse.

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