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 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 […]
January 3, 2018

Female Fighter of the Year – Claressa Shields.

Every year, there are a few spectacular knockouts that pull fans out of their seats and leave journalists struggling to describe the significance of them. There were plenty of tremendous knockouts in 2017, including Mikey Garcia’s stoppage of Dejan Zlaticanin; Sri Sor Rungvisai’s KO of Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez and Anthony Joshua’s stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko in their thrilling heavyweight title fight. None of those, though, is the 2017 Yahoo Sports boxing KO of the Year. If you haven’t heard of Zolani Tete, the WBO bantamweight champion, you will. And if you happen to catch his knockout of Siboniso Gonya on Nov. 18 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, it’s safe to say you’ll make plans to see him again. The bell rang, […]
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