Claressa Shields Makes Pro Debut in November
Top female amateur boxer and two time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields will make her pro boxing debut on Nov. 19, ESPN’s Dan Rafael has reported. She will fight in a super middleweight bout on the undercard of Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev’s highly-anticipated HBO showdown.
Shields will fight on the free telecast that takes place before the pay-per-view segment begins, Rafael reported. Her opponent for the matchup has yet to be announced.
“After working hard for so many years and having the honor to represent my country at two Olympic games, I am thrilled to take the next big step in my career, fighting professionally and leading the rise of women’s boxing worldwide,” Shields said in a statement, per LA Times.
“There is no better place to begin the journey than to join the biggest fight of the year, Kovalev vs Ward, and to fight alongside my idol and fellow U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward. I can’t wait to entertain the fans on Nov.19.”
Shields is the first U.S. Olympic gold medalist boxer since Ward won the top prize in 2004.