“Once In A Century Athlete” Shields Blasts “Quitter” Habazin
While she is two days away from her attempt to become the fastest fighter of any gender to win world titles in three separate weight classes, Claressa Shields already feels she is the greatest female fighter of all time.
Shields attempt at history comes against Ivana Habazin as they face off on January 10th for the vacant WBC and WBO super welterweight world titles, a weight Shields feels in tune with.
“I’m once in a century kind of athlete. I guarantee it’s going to be over before six rounds. And I say six because I’m punching different. I’m stronger at 154. I’m faster,” Shields said in a story published by Boxing Scene.
“I just try to keep carrying women’s boxing the best way that I can. I’m regarded as a top 10 fighter in boxing already with only nine fights. When you have that kind of pressure you have to go out and not be average. Skill wise, there’s not a woman that can compare to me. I can do everything. I can box, I can brawl, I can stand in front of you toe-to-toe. When I win this fight I’m just going to get a little bit louder with: She’s the GWOAT, Greatest Women Of All Time. Put it there. I claim it.”
“After everything happened in Flint, I had a conversation with Stephen Espinoza and he just told me to stay focused,” Shields said of the incident at the weigh-in for Shields and Habazin’s aborted fight back in October when Shields’ brother hospitalized Habazin’s trainer with a sucker punch.
“Everyone who was in Flint and knows about the incident that happened knows it’s not something I have a history of doing. I don’t do stuff outside the ring. One of the things she said that was really disrespectful was that I didn’t make weight for October 4. Don’t believe the lies. I made 154 pounds and I’m going to be a three-division world champion come Friday. Ivana doesn’t stand a chance. I’m sorry, I’m just going to keep it real. She’s not as skilled as Christina Hammer. She worked her way up, but once a quitter, always a quitter.”