Claressa Shields gained an interest in boxing from a young age and began to participate it at the age of 11. Shields won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, a gold medal at the 2014 AIBA World Boxing Championships, and a gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games, becoming the first American to win titles in women’s boxing at the Olympics and Pan-Am Games. The next year, she won another gold at the AIBA World Championships and won gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, becoming the first-ever U.S. boxer to win gold medals in back-to-back Olympics.
Finishing her amateur boxing career with a record of 78-1 (19 KOs), Shields officially turned pro in November 2016, winning her debut bout with Franchon Crews. In March 2017, Shields was a part of the first women’s bout to headline a boxing card on Showtime. She defeated Szilvia Szabados to win the NABF female middleweight title.
She defeated Nikki Adler in her fourth pro bout to win the WBC and vacant IBF female super middleweight titles.
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