The only American boxer to prevail multiple Olympic gold medals is moving down in load in her bid to prevail nature names across three heavines divisions
Claressa Shields, the only American boxer to acquire multiple Olympic gold medals, will move down in load in her offer to move up boxing’s pound-for-pound list.
Shields, the unified macrocosm endorse at 168 lbs, will fulfill Costa Rica’s Hanna Gabriels, the unified champ at 154 lbs, in a summit meeting at 160 lbs for the unoccupied IBF and WBA middleweight entitlements at Detroit’s Masonic Temple on 22 June, promoter Dmitriy Salita announced on Tuesday.
The fight will be broadcast in the United States on Showtime, the network on which Shields grew the first woman to headline a boxing placard on payment cable last year.
” I affection the fight against Hanna Gabriels: endorse versus endorse, precisely the type of combat that I want every time to take women’s boxing to new altitudes ,” Shields said in a release.” I’ve said one of my goals is to win macrocosm championships in three weight separations. I’m proud to be super middleweight endorse, and on June 22 I will contribute the middleweight championship to my accomplishments .”
Germany’s Christina Hammer, the WBC and WBO middleweight champ, will represent her designations against former beltholder Tori Nelson on the undercard, tagging a placard night for women’s boxing.
Should Shields and Hammer both prevail, Showtime approved on Tuesday the pair will face off for the undisputed middleweight championship in a four-belt designation combat in the fall.
Shields( 5-0, 2 KOs ), who made her professional debut less than three months of winning her second Olympic gold in Rio, became a macrocosm endorse in her fourth professional outing with a fifth-round stoppage of Nikki Adler in August, captivating the WBC and IBF super middleweight belts. She’s made one security since then, a lopsided extents win over Nelson in January.
Gabriels( 18 -1- 1, 11 KOs ), a 35 -year-old from Alajuelawho has held designations at welterweight and junior welterweight, will be fighting at middleweight for the first time since obligating her pro debut at 161 lbs in 2007. She’s won five straight bouts after accepting her lone career defeat to Oxandia Castillo of the Dominican Republic in 2013, including a unanimous-decision change over Castillo in October.
” This will be a great engagement of two world champs, a great night for my country, and a great fight for women’s boxing ,” Gabriels spoke.” I only know one thing: the woman in front of me will lose .”
Shields, who has blueprints on promoting women’s boxing the acces Ronda Rousey propelled women’s MMA from sideshow to headline magnetism, accepts a unification fight with Hammer can be the first step toward that end.
” I want to unify all the middleweight belts against Hammer ,” she added.” I’ve never been so motivated. This will be a great year for women’s boxing. It’s our time !”
The 23 -year-old from Flint, Michigan- a winner in 77 of her 78 amateur contests- overcame a transient childhood, privation and sexual abuse to become the first ever US boxer, male or female, to win consecutive gold medals at the Olympics with scintillating victories in London, aged 17, and Rio, where she made the Val Barker Trophy as the top overall girl boxer in the tournament, an honor not triumphed by an American since Roy Jones Jr at Seoul 1988.
She has enlisted veteran trainer John David Jackson for her reces after separating with longtime manager Jason Crutchfield, who was unable to relocate to Florida where Shields wants to train full-time. Jackson, a former two-division champ, is good known for his work with former federated light-footed heavyweight endorse Sergey Kovalev.
Shields’ lone career defeat in either the amateur or professional ranks saw on moments at the 2012 macrocosm championships against Great Britain’s Savannah Marshall, who went on to triumph the title.
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