During tonight’s Showtime Championship Boxing broadcast, two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields got a chance to sit down for an interview and plug her next outing, the second fight of her fledgling pro career.
Asked about her upcoming ShoBox main event on March 10, Shields gave credit to those who came before her.
“It means so much. I know so many of the boxers who came up before me, who paved the way, and didn’t get the opportunity,” she told Brian Custer. “I feel like I’m a great fighter, but I feel like those women had the real fight, going to court to get women allowed to box in the ring, or pushing for us to get higher pay.
“Now I’m given the opportunity to perform and show that women’s boxing, it deserves to be on TV, we deserve to be paid equally, and we have great fighters. And I think I’m the best female fighter out there.”
She also showed off her gold medals, which she had with her in her purse:
There are a lot of people who feel that Shields could be to boxing what Ronda Rousey has recently been to mixed martial arts, a breakthrough mainstream star who elevates the women’s side of the fight game. And with this interview, I think you can see why.