By Xavier Porter
(Brooklyn – December 7, 2019)
Undefeated! Undisputed! G.W.O.A.T. (Greatest Women of All Time) are the many accolades, accomplishments, and feats that Claressa Shields has accomplished in her three years as a professional boxer.
The two-time Olympic Gold Medalist has and continues to carry the sport of women’s boxing on her shoulders, each and every time she steps in front of a camera, and more so, when she steps inside the ring.
Shields, who undoubtedly is miles away from the many opponents who dare to face her, is on another course to change and make history by becoming a three-division world champion, faster than any other boxing champion (male/female) before her.
Yes, current unified lightweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko has accomplished this feat in a total of twelve professional fights.
However, Shields will look to surpass the great, skilled boxer in under ten fights when she takes on Croatia’s Ivana Habazin (20-3, 7 KOs) for the vacant World Boxing Council World Female Super Welter Title and vacant World Boxing Organization World Female Super Welter Title.
Both titles will be fought at the (154lb) limit.
For Shields, with all the “hoopla” and continued controversy surrounding her career and every move, she continues to persevere and remain steadfast for her ultimate goal: changing lives for the better.
Previously, Habazin and Shields were scheduled to fight in her home city of Flint, MI; unfortunately, due to an injury suffered by Habazin’s trained during the last day of the weigh-in for the fight, it has since been moved and slated to take place in Atlantic City, at the Ocean Resort, on January 10.
At twenty-four years old, Shields has overcome so many life experiences that many people would wither away and not deal with.
Shields is the epitome of hard work, focus, drive, determination, and most importantly: recovery.
Born and raised in Flint, MI, Shields has had to fight through sexual abuse, trauma, as well as poverty, and a lack of trust for others.
That feeling of displacement and lack of trust may not resonate in other boxing journalists or media outlets, but it resonates within this writer.
For that reason and many more, this is why Shields needs to be supported tremendously and emphatically across many genres of life.
Claressa Shields (9-0, 2 KOs), in my humble opinion, is our Wonder Woman and with her upcoming fight towards making history, she needs to be applauded and supported as much as possible.
I understand that this may come across as a personal piece, or an ode to the greatness of which Shields possesses.
In the boxing ring, Shields’s is the best female boxer at any weight class between (147lb-160lb).
With that being said, she has made it clear (several times over) that she wants to enter the world of MMA, UFC, with the hopes of facing current multi-division champion Amanda Nunes.
A fight between Shields and Nunes: I myself would not want to see.
Unfortunately, I am not in the position to decide for either of the two.
Shields is a fighter, a natural puncher, a boxer; Nunes, she’s a different type of fighter.
She can punch and she possesses top-notch MMA (Mixed – Martial Arts Skills).
Boxing is one thing, but grappling, kicking, etc. is another.
This journalist will support the “G.W.O.A.T.” in every step of her career towards becoming the “ICON” of which she should already be recognized as.
Let us not forget that Shields has a biopic about her life coming soon to theaters, Netflix, and other streaming platforms.
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Xavier Porter is the:
- Host | Producer of the podcast: SHOOT THE FIVE WITH XAVIER PORTER
- Editor and Lead Writer: www.brooklynfights.com
- Fight Analyst for: Facebook FIGHTNIGHTLIVE https://www.facebook.com/FaceFIGHTNIGHTLIVE/
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