Like most fighters, Claressa Shields is journeying into the unknown. Her IBF, WBC, and WBO Light-Middleweight Title fight against Marie-Eve Dicaire on May 9 in Flint, Michigan was recently postponed due to the coronavirus. For the first time in a while, there was nothing for her to prepare for.
“It feels like it’s my first real break in probably about 10 years,” Shields stated to ESPN. “Then, I was a teenager. I went nine months without boxing before, but I was still training. I didn’t really have to travel a lot because we knew most of the tournaments I would have to go to I would be uncontested, which meant I wouldn’t have a matchup, so I would stay home.”
Shields (10-0) is the self-proclaimed “GWOAT” of the middleweight division. She is the WBO, WBA, WBC, IBF, and The Ring Middleweight Champion, earning the WBO belt by beating Christina Hammer via unanimous decision in 2018. The 25-year-old has since moved to the light-middleweight division, beating rival Ivana Habazin this past January for the WBC and WBO Light-Middleweight Titles. Several figures have taken notice of her dominance.
One sport that has caught the eye of Shields is MMA. There have been rumors of Shields taking on UFC Bantamweight and Featherweight Champion Amanda Nunes. The two would potentially clash in MMA and boxing. Things started to heat up when Nunes was invited to Shields’ fight against Habazin. Shields has also teased leaving boxing via social media.
Due to her lack of training, however, gyms being closed down and goals in her boxing career, a dream of a Nunes v. Shields bout will have to be put on hold.
“I don’t do anything at 50 percent,” Shields went on to say. “I’m definitely pushing my MMA debut back. Right now, I can’t start my MMA training. Before I get in the ring with Amanda Nunes, I would have to have some sort of experience. Not just training experience, but some experience inside the cage and fighting someone who is even close to as good as her. She knows I’m going to give her hell in the boxing ring, and I know she’s going to give me hell inside the Octagon. So I have to give myself a fair chance. It wouldn’t be like she would be my first fight in MMA. I don’t know who came up with that idea.
“My first fight in MMA was supposed to be end of the year, beginning of next year. Now maybe it’ll be the middle of next year. I’m not going in there blind.”
Due to the quarantine as a result of the pandemic, Shields has been keeping busy. She continues to spread awareness of the water situation in Flint. Shields also watches movies and reads books. Looking to be more than a fighter, Shields is taking digital marketing business classes, while looking into the “Millionaire Mindset” book. Shields is hoping to start promoting her own shows in Michigan.
“I want to learn about business and I want to learn about promoting and all this different stuff,” Shields said. “Here I am with all the extra time and I’m freaking watching TV. Let’s get productive. I was supposed to start T-Rex Boxing Promotions when I was scheduled to fight last August. I had a fighter I was even going to sign, but since I dislocated my knee, we didn’t do it. But all the paperwork for T-Rex Boxing Promotions is filed. It’s an actual entity.”
While plans for her promotion have been put on hold, Shields will also be spending her time getting in fight shape. With a new home bought with a gym, as well as a YouTube channel dedicated to fitness, Shields is standing by her message of doing things at 100 percent. Anything less would be disappointing to her.