Claressa Shields In ‘League Above These Girls’ In Boxing

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Reigning champion Claressa Shields steps back inside the boxing ring this weekend to take on Maricela Cornejo live from Detroit. The undisputed middleweight champion will have her title on the line on DAZN.

Claressa Shields Defends Undisputed Title From Detroit

Reigning and undisputed middleweight women’s boxing world champion Claressa Shields is ready to delight once more.

Shields puts her titles on the line this Saturday against Maricela Cornejo from the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The bout headlines the DAZN card.

The 28-year-old Shields, a two-time gold medalist for the United States, has never lost in 13 pro fights. She scored another successful defense of her WBA, WBC, IBF, WBF and The Ring titles when she topped Savannah Marshall last October.

“I had to switch my mind set up when Maricela Cornejo became the opponent,” Shields said. “She’s tall, she’s fresh and she’s fought for the world title before. This chance to fight for undisputed is once in a lifetime for her. I’m excited to face an opponent who I know is ready to go.”

That win also earned Shields the WBO belt. This will be her first bout in the U.S. since 2021 when she topped Marie-Eve Dicaire.

In terms of fighting in Detroit, Shields has not done that since 2017 when she stopped Nikki Adler to win the WBC and inaugural IBF super middleweight belts.

“I’m super excited to fight in front of thousands at Little Caesars Arena,” she said. “I’ve had to keep my head down and train. I might put the makeup and hair and nice clothes on, but I’m not doing anything but focusing on the fight. This is a big moment for Detroit and myself, but the most important thing right now is just winning this fight.

“No matter who is fighting me on Saturday, they’re getting their ass kicked. The same thing that was gonna happen to my previous opponent, is what’s gonna happen to Cornejo.”

Shields has also tested her skills in the world of mixed martial arts, going 1-1 in 2021 while competing for PFL. She stopped Brittney Elkin and lost to Abigail Montes by split decision.

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