Claressa Shields to headline Detroit card on June 16
Two-time Olympic gold medal-winner Claressa Shields will return to the ring on Friday, June 16, at the Masonic Temple in Detroit, an hour south of her native Flint, Michigan, to headline the next installment of the Detroit Brawl series against an opponent to be named later.
Shields (2-0, 1 knockout) is coming off a rousing, one-sided TKO victory over Szilvia Szabados in March at the MGM Theatre in Detroit, which acted as a homecoming for the 22-year-old whose story of overcoming life’s struggles has been documented all over the world. Shields’ fourth-round stoppage of Szabados was televised live on Showtime, making Shields the first woman to headline a boxing bout on premium cable.
Shields stated after that bout that she hopes to get the opportunity to challenge WBO/WBC middleweight champion Christina Hammer (21-0, 9 KOs) and have her name added to the long list of world champions from Michigan.
Women’s boxing is continuing to garner attention as 2012 Olympic gold-winner Katie Taylor improved to 5-0 on the Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko undercard in London and New York native Amanda Serrano won her fifth world title last month on the Shawn Porter-Andre Berto undercard in Brooklyn.
Shields made her professional debut last November on the Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev undercard after capturing her second consecutive gold medal at the Summer Games in Rio de Janiero. Shields also took home a gold medal at the London games in 2012.