Undisputed middleweight champion Claressa Shields(9-0, 2 KOs) has accomplished so much in such little time. In only nine fights, Shields has all four major belts at 160(WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO), and on January 10, Shields looks to make even more history when she battles Ivana Habazin(20-3, 7 KOs), for the vacant WBC and WBO 154-pound titles.
The 24-year-old Shields is seeking to become the fastest fighter in boxing history, male or female, to become a three-division world champion.
For the Flint, Michigan native, not only does she have to battle Habazin, but she also has to battle the scale. As a pro, Shields has not fought below 160, which makes fighting Habazin even more challenging, but according to Shields, she will be just fine.
“I made 154 pounds back in October before the cancellation,” said Shields. “After our fight was canceled, I stayed active and only put on about 10 pounds. I’ve been down in Florida for the last six or seven weeks. It’s been hard work. I’ve pushed myself, and I’m not taking Habazin lightly. I want the knockout because Ivana talks too much. I’m staying focused on being focused and not letting anyone throw me off by talking nonsense.
“I don’t eat meat anymore. I haven’t in over three months, so my body is more toned now. I actually have a six-pack already with just a little more weight to lose. I think people are going to be surprised at the 154-pound version of me. I’m going to be very strong and very fast because I’ve basically had five months to prepare and to get ready for her specifically.”
There has been a lot of talking on both sides, and that trash talk has motivated Shields.
“No matter what she says, this beat down was coming in October,” said Shields. “All I’m doing is bringing it to Atlantic City. I’m going to knock her out. I’m going to put down a whole different beat down on her because of the level of disrespect she has shown me. I’m not going to let her be disrespectful towards me, and I’m going to knock her out to shut her up.”
Habazin is very tough, but if Shields fights the way she is capable of fighting, this could be an early night for the self-proclaimed “GWOAT.” Look for Shields to make more history on January 10.