January 31, 2018

Claressa Shields Eager To Raise Women’s Bar

Think Vasyl Lomachenko is the premier authority on a quick transition from amateur ring success to professional stardom? Then Claressa Shields has a simple message for you: Hold my beer. The confident Michigander mirrored the Ukrainian’s dual Olympic golds with wins at the 2012 and 2016 Games — and has climbed the punch-for-pay ladder at an even more prolific rate than Loma since a celebrated Las Vegas debut just 437 days ago. She added a second win and a regional title belt in less than four months and had already captured a pair of world super middleweight titles well before her precocious career arrived at the one-year mark. Along the way, too, a main event appearance on Showtime and near […]
January 10, 2018

Claressa Shields sends words of support to Paul Gonzales’ alleged molestation victim

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and current two-belt super-middleweight world champion Claressa Shields has a message for the 13-year-old female boxer allegedly victimized by former gold medalist Paul Gonzales. “If I could talk to her, I would tell her don’t let the perpetrator win. Don’t let him be the reason you don’t become successful, or that you don’t live out your dreams and do what you want to do,” Shields told the Los Angeles Times in a Wednesday interview. Shields, 22, is preparing to defend her World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation belts Friday on Showtime (7 p.m. Pacific) against 41-year-old Tori Nelson (17-0-3, two knockouts) at Turning Stone Resort in New York. Gonzales, a 1984 light-flyweight from Boyle Heights […]
January 9, 2018

Salita Promotions Signs Top Female Prospect Franchon Crews-Dezurn to a Promotional Contract

Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions proudly announces the signing of Baltimore-based female super middleweight prospect Franchon Crews-Dezurn to a promotional contract. 30-year-old Crews-Dezurn, 2-1, 1 KO as a professional, is a former highly decorated, elite amateur boxer. Among her many championships, she was an eight-time US Open National Champion, a four-time National Female Golden Gloves Champion, a four-time Pan Am Continental Champion, a two-time National PAL Champion, and a two-time US Olympic Team Alternate. She also represented Team USA in numerous international competitions, and in 2011, Crews-Dezurn made history by becoming the first of three women in the United States to qualify and compete in the debut of women’s boxing at the Pan American Games. Since losing a decision to […]
January 3, 2018

Claressa Shields Beats Out Men for Prospect of the Year

In a rare once-in-a-lifetime moment, a female prizefighter has been selected Prospect of the Year as members of theSweetScience.com chose Claressa Shields as the best for 2017. Never mind that no other female has ever been considered before, nor that she already has two world titles, Shields has impressed so many with her multi-talented fighting skills that they foresee an extremely bright future for the Michigan native. Take that world. Following a year when many female and male boxers entered the pro fighting world after a foray in the Olympics, only Shields opened her pro debut against one of the best opponents you will ever see. No easy walk-overs for Shields. On November, 2016, just months after winning a second […]
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