Shields Set For Junior Middleweight Title Clash
After suffering an injury that canceled her August 17th homecoming, undisputed middleweight champion Claressa Shields will return on October 5th to her hometown of Flint, Michigan.
Shields, who was last seen unifying the middleweight championships in April against Christina Hammer, will face her original August opponent, Ivana Habazin, for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title, aiming to become the fastest fighter to ever become a three-division world champion.
Also on the line on the Showtime broadcasted card from the Dort Federal Event Center in Flint, Michigan, will be the vacant WBC diamond super welterweight championship, as Shields headlines for the sixth time on the CBS owned network.
“I’m more excited than ever. I’m 100 percent recovered, and I can’t wait to get back in the ring and fight in front of my hometown fans in Flint as the undisputed champion of the world,” said Shields of her first pro fight in Flint. “Having the opportunity to become world champion in a third weight division faster than any man or woman in boxing history will make October 5 a night I will cherish forever. It’s another big step in history, and a giant step forward in lifting women’s boxing on the road to equality.”
“It’s an honor and a dream to fight in the U.S. on national television,” Habazin said. “A lot of fighters never get this opportunity in their careers so I know I need to make the most of it. I’ve been training for this fight since June and the postponement has only given me more time to get ready. I intend to put my best effort forward to impress the fans and show that I am for real.
“I am not just coming to fight for a world title, I am fighting for my life and my career. I believe I am the best and now I got the chance to prove that, and there is no better opponent for that than Claressa Shields.”