This Is Why Claressa Shields Is Vacating Junior Middleweight Belts
Weeks after suffering her MMA career’s second loss, Claressa Shields has announced that she will vacate some of her junior middleweight titles to pursue an undisputed title at middleweight.
Shields has been the undisputed champion at junior middleweight since beating Marie-Eve Dicaire. This will mark her second attempt to become the undisputed middleweight titleholder as she doesn’t want to hold up the division.
The Olympian possesses the IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight belts. She is reportedly in talks with the team of WBO titleholder, Savannah Marshall. A potential date hasn’t yet been booked for their showdown.
Officially, as of Monday, Shields is scheduled to take on Ema Kozin on January 25 with three middleweight titles on the line.
The 26-year-old has had the IBF and WBA titles in her possession since March when she beat Dicaire in her hometown, Flint, Michigan. She was crowned the WBC and WBO champion in January 2020 with a win over Ivana Habazin.
In a separate development, Patricia Berghult (15-0, 3 KO) continued her unbeaten streak on Saturday with a decision win over Olivia Belkacem. Berghult had been the interim WBC junior middleweight champion.
Moreover, Hannah Rankin (11-5, 2 KO) was crowned the WBA queen in November when she beat Maria Lindberg via by unanimous decision.