After a short hiatus from boxing, Claressa Shields steps again into the ring on February 5 to place her undisputed middleweight champion standing on the road in opposition to the undefeated Ema Kozin on the Motorpoint Area in Cardiff, Wales. Will probably be the primary time that Shields has fought abroad as knowledgeable however, of most significance, the two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-division undisputed champion desires to remind the world who the self-proclaimed “GWOAT” is.
“Ema Kozin has a pleasant document of 21-0-1 and says she has spent a 12 months making ready for me,” Shields informed The Sporting Information. “And with all that onerous work I’m going to indicate her that it’s nonetheless not sufficient to beat me.
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“I’m going to indicate the world that there are ranges to this. I haven’t even been 100% targeted on boxing however watch how good I look after I come again.”
Shields presently holds the document for changing into a two and three-division champion within the fewest skilled fights. She’s additionally the one fighter in historical past, male or feminine, to be the undisputed champion in two completely different weight lessons. However the 26-year-old could have a rival ringside who can stake her declare as the one particular person to ever have overwhelmed Shields as an novice.
“As Savannah Marshall watches from ringside she’s going to see that there are ranges,” she continues. “I’m going to destroy each of them.
“I’m going to destroy Ema Kozin within the ring bodily however mentally it’s going to f—okay Savannah Marshall up.”
Of Shields’ 88 skilled and novice fights, solely Marshall has been in a position to defeat her. That storied win got here again in 2012 on the AIBA Girls’s World Boxing Championships in China when Shields was simply 17 years of age. The defeat has been one thing that Marshall has achieved to taunt Shields in hopes of touchdown a rematch a decade within the making. Whereas Shields received’t shrink back from the battle, she thinks it’s time for Marshall to maneuver on.
“No person would know her if it wasn’t for her beating me after I was 17,” Shields says. “Who has she beat as knowledgeable? No person is aware of. This battle is required so she will be able to transfer on along with her life. It’s gonna harm when she loses however she wants to maneuver on and I’ll assist her with that.”
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Shields is relishing the truth that she will be able to compete abroad in what may very well be hostile territory, as Marshall resides in close by Hartlepool. With out wanting previous Kozin, Shields plans on utilizing her as an instrument to make Marshall see what’s in retailer for her later this 12 months.
“The rationale (Marshall) goes to lose to me very badly is as a result of she has lived in that very same second of 1 victory her total life and hasn’t gotten higher,” Shields says. “She’s stayed there as a result of it was in all probability the perfect day of her life. She’s caught. She didn’t medal within the 2012 or 2016 Olympics. She hasn’t achieved something.”