Shields prepping for 2nd professional bout, still making history
Claressa Shields is a hero to many in the Flint-Bay Region for her accomplishments in the boxing ring. After becoming the first American women to win two gold medals in olympic boxing she made her pro debut on November 19th and won in a unanimous decision, and now she's poised to do it once again.
On March 10th she'll fight Szilvia Szabados at the MGM Grand Detroit Event Center and she's gained so much national attentnion that the fight will be aired live on Showtime, an honor generally reserved for men's boxing. For Shields the fight represents much more than just her second ever professional bout.
"If you're going to follow women's boxing you're going to have to follow me." she said, "Because I'm one of the best one that do it so, I think on March 10th there's going to be a lot of respect thrown at who boxed, and the women who came before me, those women have 3 or 4 different titles and they don't get the same respect a man would get if he had those accolades."
Szabados comes into the fight with a lot more experience so Claressa has her work cut out for her.