Claressa Shields Dominates In Boxing Return, Could Meet Savannah Marshall Next
Though Claressa Shields went 1-1 in MMA, on Saturday, she extended her boxing record to 12-0.
Shields (12-0) scored a big win against Ema Kozin (21-1-1, 11 KOs) at a Sky Sports Boxing event in Cardiff, Wales. Shields won every round on all three of the judges’ scorecards.
“I give myself an A-minus,” Shields said. “The only thing I didn’t do was get the damn knockout.”
Kozin tried to set the tempo over Shields in the opening round while Shields displayed patience and counterpunched. Just before the bell, she unloaded a straight right and left hook to Kozin’s head.
In the fourth round, Kozin took a pair of straight rights again to the face. A barrage of punches met Kozin again in the fifth round.
Shields’ dominance would be evident over the 10 rounds.
With the win, Shields made her case to set up a mega fight against Savannah Marshall (11-0) to unify all major women’s middleweight belt – given Marshall successfully defends her WBO belt against Femke Hermans on March 12.
But Shields didn’t have to wait too long to see Marshall. She was in attendance for the fight, and they had no good words to say to each other.
— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) February 5, 2022
Marshall is the only boxer who has defeated Shields via points in an amateur bout at the 2012 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
Shields was only defeated one other time in her professional combat sports career, and that was in MMA under the PFL banner against Abigail Montes via split decision.