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    26 May 2023

    Claressa Shields to face Maricela Cornejo in Detroit after Hanna Gabriels is pulled from fight card

    The Unstoppable Claressa Shields Returns Home for a Historic Fight Against Maricela Cornejo!

    Get ready, folks! Two-time Olympic gold medallist and the reigning women’s middleweight champion, Claressa Shields is all set to make her grand comeback on June 3 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. This time she will take on one of her biggest contenders yet – the top-ranked Maricela Cornejo.

    This fight has been long-awaited by boxing enthusiasts worldwide after Hanna Gabriels was removed from the card due to failed tests by Voluntary Anti-Doping Association earlier this month. The Costa Rican had previously floored Shield (13-0, 2 KOs) when they last met back in 2018 but eventually lost out via unanimous decision at the Masonic Temple in Detroit.

    To claim her crown once again as middleweight champion, the indomitable Claressa knew she needed to find the best contender possible, which led her team straight towards Marciela Cornejo. Ranked No 1 among contenders with a record of 16-5 including six knockouts under her belt, Cornejo is going all guns blazing into this historic bout.

    After settling scores with Savannah Marshall in a unanimous decision victory, Claressa Shields will be making her first appearance at the ring since October 2020. She was part of history then too, as she headlined the first all-female televised card in the UK. But can she continue her unbeaten streak against Cornejo? Only time will tell.

    The world is waiting with bated breath to see what happens when these two fierce warriors step into the ring next month. Will it be business as usual for reigning champion Claressa Shields or will Maricela Cornejo pull off an upset and claim glory for herself?

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