Claressa Shields, the two-time Olympic gold medalist and reigning IBF and WBC super middleweight titleholder, returns to action this Friday night on Showtime, where she faces veteran Tori Nelson (17-0-3, 2 KO).
Showtime took a look inside her training camp and her life in Flint, Michigan, as she prepares for what she says will be a big run for her in the sport of boxing.
A couple quotes:
“I was very nervous to turn professional. When I turned pro I was kinda jumping in with my eyes closed, and then Showtime gave us a call and said they wanted me to main event in Detroit. I was like, psyche? Like, I thought it was a joke!”
“Once I beat [Nelson], I’m calling out all the top girls. If you think you can beat me, let’s make it happen. I’m from 154 to 168. After this fight, I’m dropping down to 160 and I’m kicking [Christina] Hammer’s ass at 160. And after that, I’m going to go to 154, and who’s the pound-for-pound right now? Cecilia Braekhus? She got to see me, too. 2018 is gonna be a big year for me, for women’s boxing.”