Claressa Shields (born March 17, 1995 in Flint) is an American boxer. World Champion in 1st middle (WBC, 2020-present; WBO, 2020-present), middle (WBA, 2018-present; IBF, 2018-present; WBC, 2018 – present; WBO, 2019 – present; The Ring, 2019 – present) and 2nd middle (WBC, 2017–2018; IBF, 2017–2019) weight categories. Absolute world champion in the middle weight category (2019 – present).
Two-time Olympic champion (2012, 2016). The first American Olympic champion in boxing. The first winner of the Val Barker Cup among women (2016). Two-time world champion (2014, 2016). Champion of the Pan American Games (2015).
Born March 17, 1995 in Flint, Michigan. Her father served 7 years in prison and was released when Clarese was 9 years old. Father, Beau Shields, was a boxer and fought in underground fights. One day Bo took his daughter to the gym and, since then, she began to dream of a career as a boxer. The father himself considered this sport to be exclusively male and did not want Klaressa to be involved in boxing. Nevertheless, when the girl was 11 years old, he still brought her to the gym. She began training at Berston Field House under Jason Crutchfield in her native Flint.
World Championship 2012
She competed in the middle weight category (up to 75 kg). In the 1/32 finals, she defeated the Indian Puja Rani (English) Russian. In the 1/16 finals she lost to the Englishwoman Savannah Marshall (English) Russian.
Olympic Games 2012
She competed in the middle weight category (up to 75 kg). In the quarterfinals she defeated Anna Laurell of Sweden. In the semifinals she defeated Kazakhstani Marina Volnova. In the final, the Russian woman Nadezhda Torlopova won .
In September 2013 she became the winner of the World Championship among youths and juniors in the middle weight category (up to 75 kg).
2014 USA Championship
She competed in the middle weight category (up to 75 kg). Raquel Miller won the semi-finals. Franchon Crews won in the final .
World Cup 2014
She competed in the middle weight category (up to 75 kg). Ugandan Helen Baleke won in the 1/16 finals. In the 1/8 finals, she defeated the Polish girl Lydia Fidura. In the quarterfinals, she defeated the Russian woman Yaroslav Yakushina. In the semifinals won the Canadian Aryan Forten (eng.) Russian. In the final won the Chinese Li Qian.
USA Championship 2015
She competed in the middle weight category (up to 75 kg). Chachikuu Hemingway won in the semifinals. Raquel Miller won the final .
Pan American Games 2015
She competed in the middle weight category (up to 75 kg). In the quarterfinals, she defeated Brazilian Flavia Figueiredo. Argentine Lucia Perez won in the semifinals. In the final, the Dominican Republican Enebier Guillen won the victory .
World Championship 2016
She competed in the middle weight category (up to 75 kg). In the 1/16 finals, she defeated the German Sarah Scheurich. In the 1/8 finals, Uzbekistan won Nafisakhon Askarova. In the quarterfinals, she defeated Kazakhstani Violetta Knyazeva. Chen Nianjing won in the semifinals. from Chinese Taipei. In the final she won the Dutch woman Nauhka Fontaine.
Olympic Games 2016
She competed in the middle weight category (up to 75 kg). In the quarterfinals, she defeated the Russian woman Yaroslav Yakushina. In the semifinals, she defeated Kazakhstani Dariga Shakimova. In the final she won the Dutch woman Nauhka Fontaine . She became the first winner of the Val Barker Cup among women .
She made her debut in the professional ring on November 19, 2016 as part of the Kovalev – Ward evening. She won on points .
In June 2017, she signed a contract with the promotion company “Salita Promotions” by Dmitry Salita.
Champion fight with Nikki Adler
On August 4, 2017, she met with the world champion in the WBC 2nd middleweight title without defeats German Nikki Adler. The vacant IBF title was also at stake. Shields knocked out her opponent in the 5th round .
On January 12, 2018, she met with the ex-world champion in three weight categories, the unbeaten American Tori Nelson. The fight lasted all 10 rounds. Won by unanimous decision and defended her titles (WBC and IBF) in the 2nd middleweight title .
Champion fight with Hannah Gabrielle
On June 22, 2018, she met with ex-world champion in two weight categories, Costa Rican Hannah Gabrielle (English) Russian .. At stake were the vacant WBA and IBF world middleweight titles. Shields prevailed on points.
On November 17, 2018, she defeated British Hanna Rankin on points and defended her WBA and IBF middleweight titles. Also won the vacant WBC title.
December 8, 2018 defeated the Belgian Femke Hermans .
She was named Fighter of the Year (2018) among women by the BWAA .
Champion fight with Christina Hammer
On April 13, 2019, she met with the WBO world middleweight champion without defeats German Christina Hammer. She won by unanimous decision and became the undisputed world champion in middleweight.
Champion fight with Ivana Khabazin
On January 10, 2020, she met with the former world welterweight champion Croatian Ivana Khabazin. At stake were the vacant world champion titles in the 1st middleweight champion according to the WBC and WBO versions. She won on points.
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