“She’s a great dance partner”
Claressa Shields has spoken of her pride in participating in the “biggest women’s fight in boxing history”
Shields will finally get the chance to avenge the unique loss of her career, both amateur and professional, when she faces Savannah Marshall on September 10 at O2 Arena.
The self-proclaimed ‘GWOAT’ boxer fell victim to Marshall during an amateur bout in 2012 at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships, which saw the boxer from England claim a decisive victory.
Since then, Shields’ praise has been endless, including two Olympic gold medals, becoming a third-weight world champion as well as undisputed status in both light and heavyweight. central.
Now with rivals set to cross paths once again, Shields reflects on her impact on the women’s game in an interview with Sky Sportswhile also expressing her gratitude to Marshall.
“I said for a long time, in 2012, that I’m someone people will remember for the rest of their lives whether I keep boxing or not.”
“But the reality is that I went on and won the Olympics again and turned pro, and I’m one of those women who changed the game by getting equal pay, equal promotion and being fight for the same time.”
“I’m so happy that it’s coming to fruition, that I have this opportunity and I have a great partner, I look forward to crossing the pond and fighting against Savannah Marshall.”
“It takes two great fighters to get in there and show off. So I went there to show off and show the world I was what I said – I’m the Greatest Woman of All Time. “
Although residing from Michigan, the 27-year-old has set up camp in Miami, Florida with her trainer John David Jackson. The former world champion has been with Shields since her sixth pro bout, guiding her to world domination.
“It’s all about discipline. Blood, sweat and tears come with the game, but I like sweat, I like blood – sometimes rather it comes from my opponents – and there’s some crying involved, but now when you’re enjoying enjoy it.
“That’s why I came to Miami because it’s a different scene. Yes, you have clubs, beaches and bars, but I only go to the beach and the gym. “
The success of women’s boxing has gone from strength to strength with people who like Katie Taylor and Shields became a pioneer of the movement. But even after becoming such an influencer, Americans remain humble when given the opportunity on their side.
“I’m excited for the opportunity and just to be able to get that groundwork, especially where I’m from, and being named the biggest women’s fight in boxing history means a lot.”