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    03 June 2023

    Claressa Shields Reveals Winning Mindset: Olympic Gold and Beyond

    The Rise of Four Queens in Women’s Boxing

    Claressa Shields, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and world champion in boxing, is looking to usher women’s professional boxing into an exciting new era. Inspired by the ‘Four Kings’ era where legendary fighters such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, Roberto Duran, and Marvin Hagler fought each other; she believes that the top female fighters around her weight can have their turn fighting one another.

    “Of course! Why not? Right now I’m thinking about the middleweight division plus super-middleweight division. If we talk about ‘Four Queens,’ you got me, Franchon Crews-Dezurn, Savannah Marshall and Shadasia Green,” says Shields.

    Undisputed Middleweight Champion Remains Open for Rematch

    Shields had previously boxed against Savannah Marshall to become undisputed middleweight champion but remains open to having a rematch with her. Currently stepping up to 168lbs., Marshall is set to challenge Franchon Crews-Dezurn for the undisputed super-middleweight title on July 1st.

    Aspiring boxer Shadasia Green waits in line as WBC mandated challenger for the super-middleweight title with an unbeaten record of 12-0(11).

    A Homecoming Fight Against Maricela Cornejo In Detroit

    “Tommy was the skinniest but he had a really big punch and he always had that Detroit meanness in him so to see him and support means a lot… Now he’s watching me!” -Shields remarked referencing previous multi-weight World Champion Thomas “Hitman” Hearns during training camp before fight night.

    The homecoming fight will be against replacement opponent Maricela Cornejo in Detroit, the home city of Tommy Hearns and the famous Kronk gym. Shields considers it a crucial moment for her career.

    Women’s Boxing Flourishes In The US

    The fight will be held at Little Caesars Arena where 15,000 seats are available – an unheard-of feat for women’s boxing. Shields expresses excitement that she was chosen to headline the event.

    “Women’s boxing has been flourishing here in the United States but just not as fast as it has been in other regions such as the UK. We haven’t been given enough opportunities yet.” -adds Shields.

    Bold Statements By Claressa Shields

    Shields made a bold statement regarding her fighting style:

    “When I get hit hard, I get mad and want to hit you back harder than you hit me. I’ll stand there and fight and show you that I’m best!”

    She is also confident that she is changing how people see women’s boxing with this primary event in Detroit.

    “This is going to make more big fights happen here,” -she says.

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