Shields Quest For Three Titles Delayed

Claressa Shields’ chance to become the fastest three-division fighter in boxing history has been delayed, as the undisputed middleweight champion has suffered a knee injury.

In a press release sent out on Thursday, it was revealed that Shields injured her knee while doing roadwork this week for her fight with Ivana Habazin for the vacant WBO super welterweight title.

“There’s nothing I love to do more than boxing, and I train hard for all of my fights. It’s going to be tough for them to keep me out of the gym for a few weeks,” said Shields. “But I will heal quickly and then go to training camp, so I can make history in front of all my fans in the fall. I can promise you this – I’ll be training harder than ever soon again, and I will provide a spectacular performance and make history for everyone in attendance and for the viewers on SHOWTIME.”

The fight initially scheduled for August 17th in Shields’ hometown of Flint, Michigan will be moved to a date later in the fall, per Shields’ promoter Dmitriy Salita.

“Claressa will bounce back quickly,” said Salita. “Unfortunately, training injuries are part of the sport. A great champion like her will take it in stride and move forward to the new fight date we are currently working to finalize. The fight will be rescheduled for the fall and we will announce the new date shortly.”


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