Shields Looks For “No Compromises” In 2020
For Claressa Shields, 2019 was a year of dramatic highs and even more dramatic lows, as her quest to be the fastest fighter of any gender to win three world titles in as many weight classes.
Shields’ 2019 began with her emphatic win over Christina Hammer, becoming the first woman to unify all recognized world titles at middleweight, but having her chance to become light middleweight champion postponed due to an unfortunate incident at a weigh-in for her fight against Ivana Habazin, where Shields’ brother attacked Habazin’s trainer following the weigh-in.
Now, days away from her rescheduled fight with Habazin, Shields looks towards her goals in the new year.
“I really have just one main resolution for the new year – no compromising,” said Shields. “That goes for both my personal and professional life. I also want to get closer to God and stay undefeated. I was going to say stop cursing also, but that’s just not happening.”
“I made 154 pounds back in October before the cancellation,” said Shields of the fight that was moved from Shields’ hometown of Flint, Michigan to Atlantic City, New Jersey. “After our fight was canceled, I stayed active and only put on about 10 pounds. I’ve been down in Florida for the last six or seven weeks. It’s been hard work. I’ve pushed myself and I’m not taking Habazin lightly. I want the knockout because Ivana talks too much. I’m staying focused on being focused, and not letting anyone throw me off by talking nonsense.”
“I don’t eat meat anymore. I haven’t in over three months, so my body is more toned now. I actually have a six-pack already with just a little more weight to lose. I think people are going to be surprised at the 154-pound version of me. I’m going to be very strong and very fast because I’ve basically had five months to prepare and to get ready for her specifically.”
“Balancing around the holidays is something I’ve been doing for years,” said Shields, who is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. “I saved a lot of money by not going home for Christmas, that’s for sure. But I still spoke with all my family and connected with everyone. I have a very strict diet in camp and I actually trained on Christmas. I consider my diet more of a life plan in general, and I have my days where I’ll splurge, but I stay disciplined.”
“No matter what she says, this beat down was coming in October,” said Shields.
“All I’m doing is bringing it to Atlantic City. I’m going to knock her out. I’m going to put down a whole different beat down on her because of the level of disrespect she has shown me. I’m not going to let her be disrespectful towards me and I’m going to knock her out to shut her up.”