Shields-Habazin Confirmed For January 10th
As reported earlier today, undisputed middleweight champion of the world Claressa Shields and former world champion Ivana Habazin will finally square off on January 10th in Atlantic City.
The fight initially scheduled for October 5th in Shields’s hometown of Flint, Michigan has been moved to Atlantic City, NJ and will take place inside the Ocean Casino Resort’s Ovation Hall, as Shields looks to become the fastest fighter in boxing history to become a three-division world champion as the WBC and WBO 154-pound titles are on the line.
“My goal is to become three-division champ faster than any man or woman in history,” Shields said. “This is a very significant fight for both of us. We have both trained really hard twice and great opportunities await the winner, so hopefully three times is the charm.”
“I’ve been thinking about this since October and I have more of an incentive now given what happened,” Habazin said. “I feel like I’m fighting for James Ali Bashir, as well as for my own pride and respect. I’m also fighting for my country. I want to make Croatia proud that I am their daughter, and I feel that I now have their full support. Claressa is just a brief stop on my journey. I have bigger dreams and bigger shoes to fill in my life. I’m on my way to fulfilling my personal legend – being crowned the undisputed women’s junior middleweight champion. This is just another step on that journey. Given my faith, I feel that while what happened in October was incredibly unfortunate, this was God’s plan. And I have faith that my hand will be raised in victory in January.”