Plot Thickens For Shields-Habazin
Claressa Shields may walk away with not one, but two more world titles on Saturday night in her hometown of Flint, Michigan.
Shields, the two-time Olympic gold medalist, faces off against Ivana Havazin for the WBO super welterweight title, but on Wednesday the WBC officially announced that their super welterweight title will also be on the line.
Shields not only looks to add a third world title in as many weight classes but be the fastest fighter of any gender to do so in just her tenth pro fight.
“The WBC is proud and happy to be part of this herstoric event”, said WBC Women’s Championship Chairman Malte Mueller-Michaelis. “Both Shields and Habazin are outstanding athletes so we are looking forward to an exciting bout.”
Fighting for the first time in her hometown, Shields most recently became the first undisputed middleweight champion in women’s boxing history, defeating Christina Hammer in April of this year.
“October 5 will truly be a memorable event and we are delighted that the fight will now be for both the WBC and WBO World Championships,” said Dmitriy Salita. “Claressa is aiming for historic nights every time she gets into the ring and it is exciting that the victor of the fight on Saturday will be a Unified 154-lb World Champion.”