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Photos: Claressa Shields, Szilvia Szabados - Official Weigh-In

DETROIT – All eight fighters participating in “Detroit City Gold”, the ShoBox: The New Generation quadrupleheader which includes headliner and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields, made weight on Thursday in advance of Friday’s telecast from MGM Grand Detroit.

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Shields (1-0) will face former world title challenger Szilvia Szabados (15-8, 6 KOs) in just her second fight since winning gold at the 2016 Olympics and in the first women’s boxing event in premium television history, live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

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“Detroit City Gold,” which takes place less than an hour from Shields’ hometown of Flint, Mich., is promoted by Salita Promotions.  Shields vs. Szabados is a six-round middleweight bout.

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In the ShoBox co-feature, top-10 ranked bantamweight contenders Antonio Nieves (17-0-2, 9 KOs), of Cleveland, and Russia’s Nikolay Potapov (16-0-1, 8 KOs) will put their undefeated records on the line in a 10-round matchup for the NABO bantamweight belt.

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In an eight-round televised bout, welterweight Wesley Tucker (13-0, 8 KOs) of Toledo, Ohio, faces Detroit’s Ed Williams (12-1-1, 4 KOs) in a matchup between two former amateur standouts.  In the televised opener, Detroit-based bantamweight prospect James Gordon Smith (11-0, 6 KOs) will take on Chicago’s Joshua Greer, Jr. (11-1-1, 4 KOs) in an eight-round bout.

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OFFICIAL WEIGHTS:

Claressa Shields: 159 ½ Pounds

Szilvia Szabados: 158 Pounds

Antonio Nieves: 116 ½ Pounds

Nikolay Potapov: 117 ½ Pounds

Wesley Tucker: 147 Pounds

Ed Williams: 146 ¼ Pounds

James Gordon Smith: 116 ¾ Pounds

Joshua Greer, Jr.: 116 ¾ Pounds

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CLARESSA SHIELDS:

“I know about Laila Ali, and Christy Martin and Lucia Rijker, and I don’t box like any of them. I have my own unique style. I’ve never seen a female fighter like myself. I want to carry the sport.

“The boxers I like and study are Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Louis and Floyd Mayweather. Those are my favorites. And you can even throw Sugar Ray Leonard in there, too.

“I’m going to be aggressive. I’m not going to be nervous and I’m not going to freeze up. I’m going to go right out there and hit her in the face with a right hand.

“This is my hometown fight. I last fought in Michigan three years ago. I’m going to showcase my skills on SHOWTIME.

“I’m embracing all of this. I grew up and heard when I was young that women can’t fight. I’m ready to show everyone just how wrong that is on Friday night.”

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User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Eff Pandas on 03-10-2017

[QUOTE=( . Y . );17489951]if you got a extra 10 why not[/QUOTE] Cuz she might not even have a 1 in 35 chance to win so it's a losing bet to make.

Comment by ( . Y . ) on 03-10-2017

[QUOTE=Eff Pandas;17489218]This other chick got a chance in hell to make the fight close for the people, if there are any here, that follow female boxing? She's +3500 ($10 bet wins $350 basically).[/QUOTE] if you got a extra 10 why…

Comment by buddyguns on 03-10-2017

I doubt that Szilvia will spend ten seconds of this fight in the range she wants to be in. Claressa will domminate from start to finish.

Comment by ceylon mooney on 03-09-2017

shields gonna kick ass. wish the fight were WAAAY earlier

Comment by ceylon mooney on 03-09-2017

what top 10 list those bantamweights on?

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