Claressa Shields made history in her amateur career as the first American boxer, male or female, to win an Olympic title (gold medal) twice in a row. She took gold in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic games in the women’s middleweight division.
Now in only her 2nd professional fight she will be first in history once again. This time Claressa will be the 1st ever women to headline a boxing card on prime time television.
Claressa Shields (1-0 0 KOs) will face Szilvia Szabados (15-8, 6 KOs) March 10, 2017. The fight will be televised on Showtime right outside of Shields hometown of Flint, Michigan at the MGM Grand Detroit.
This will be a great step forward in the right direction for women’s professional boxing. The UFC already made major waves with their women’s division with the likes of Ronda Rousey. Many professional women boxers left boxing for mma due to the success of Rousey.