Shields Makes Boxing History With Win Over Habazin

Promoter: Claressa Shields ‘is carrying the sport of women’s boxing on her shoulders’

After all the noise, which included an assault at the weigh-in for their originally scheduled October 5 bout, Claressa Shields was simply too good for Ivana Habazin in their fight for the vacant WBC and WBO junior middleweight titles.

It never rang because the fight was canceled at the weigh-in.

The televised portion of the fight card (Alicia Napoleon-Espinosa vs Elin Cederroos, Jaron Ennis vs Bakhtiyar Eyubov and Shields vs Habazin) begins at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime. Habazin appeared in the fight during round 1 but faded quickly.

The victory over Habazin was especially sweet for Shields since she and Habazin have been trading verbal barbs for months as the fight was postponed twice previously.

"I wanted to grow woman's boxing". "Everyone who was in Flint and knows about the incident that happened knows it's not something I have a history of doing".

"I'll go home to Sweden to get back to training", she said. "This feels great. I did it in 10 fights". "Don't believe the lies".

The two-time Olympic gold-medallist won the 154-pound championship with an unanimous decision on Friday in Atlantic City and remain undefeated. Ivana doesn't stand a chance. The second attempt, also for the insane world of boxing, went off the rails. We will be watching for videos of her in BJJ, Muay Thai, and wrestling training. She's an amazingly gifted fighter who, despite a few missteps, is trying her best to drag women's boxing into the mainstream.

(CBS Native Sports activities)- The boxing world has been ready a very long time to see undisputed middleweight world champion Claressa Shields combat former champion Ivana Habazin.

Shields is as braggadocios as an athlete gets, calling herself a "once-in-a-century kind of athlete", and the GWOAT.

"It's like my life is about making me comfortable", Shields said.

Last year, Shields was injured and had to pull out of the first match-up.

"She can take a piece of humble pie and go back to Croatia", Shields said. Talk is cheap, and on Friday night, she ain't going to do anything because I'm going to knock her out. I think what makes it so attractive is that Amanda Nunes is a striker. She can say whatever she wants, but the lion doesn't concern itself with the opinions of sheep. "I don't even know why she said that".

Shields told Gray that she could hear retired boxing legend Andre Ward urge her to work the body some more during the sixth, and she took heed by pounding away at the Croatian fighter with a barrage of blows until Habazin crumbled to the mat in pain.

In her only fight of 2019, Shields became just the second woman in history to hold championship belts from all four major boxing organizations. The WBA Super Middleweight Champion Alicia Napoleon Espinosa (12-1, 7 KOs) from NY will go up against the undefeated IBF Super Middleweight Champion Elin Cederroos (7-0, 4 KOs) of Sweden.



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