Claressa Shields announces she’s back in the ring on August 17th

And this time she is vying for a title in yet another weight class.

Shields will go down in weight to 154 lbs to face Croatian boxer, Ivana Habazin for the currently vacant WBO super welterweight title.

Shields has already conquered the middleweight division being the Undisputed Champion at that weight class and currently holding the IBF, WBA, WBC (diamond belt), WBC (regular belt), and WBO championship titles.

Prior to her current middleweight reign, she had two world titles at super middleweight (168 lbs).

It’s uncommon to see boxers stepping down the stairwell of weight classes, but Claressa is young and the same factors as men, who tend to step up in weight as they age in their careers, are probably not at play.

The 24 year old is only going into the 10th fight of her professional career and the 10 fights spanning over 3 weight classes isn’t a matter of growth over age, but rather further seeking credible challengers in each of the realistic divisions for her in her manifest destiny approach to women’s boxing.

August 17th will also be her first time fighting professionally in her hometown of Flint, Michigan. She has been a beacon of hope for the community and an advocate for change during that town’s inexplicably ignored water crisis.


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