Shields Talks Return To Detroit

Claressa Shields is preparing for the chance to win a world title in a second division, as she squares off with Hana Gabriels for the vacant IBF and WBA middleweight titles on June 22nd.

Shields, who was raised in nearby Flint, made drastic changes for her move to middleweight, with the unified super middleweight champion moved her training camp from Michigan to Florida.

When asked about changes  in camp and with new trainer John David Jackson, Shields claimed “you really can’t deal with unnecessary distractions getting ready for big world title fights like I have been having. You want people pushing you to be better and not have people pulling you down.”

“I was dealing with everybody who’s around pulling me left and right and calling me at 2, 3 o’clock in the morning. All this negative stuff that goes on in Flint that 23-year-olds are being involved in is something I can’t be involved in

In regards to her new trainer, Shields feels that they’re on the same page. “John doesn’t try to change my style, he just makes small adjustments to improve the good things that got me to this level. I feel great about this camp so far and I look forward to putting it all together in June,” claimed the two time Olympic gold medalist.

Shields could not help but give respect to Gabriels, a world champion in her own right at the super-welterweight level.

“I have a lot of respect for her skills and accomplishments. It takes great, competitive matches to bring women’s boxing to an elite level and that’s what I want to do. I always said that I want to fight the best,” Shields said on Thursday.

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