Claressa Shields: “I Focus Strictly On Whose In Entrance Of Me”

Posted on 01/26/2022

By: Sean Crose

Claressa Shields – who might be the very best feminine boxer on earth – is ready to face Ema Kozin on February 5 at Wales’ Motorpoint Area Cardiff. Will probably be the undefeated 11-0 fighter’s first skilled foray exterior of America. Like Shields, Kozin is undefeated, boasting a document of 20-0-1. Often known as “The Princess,” the Slovenian fighter exuded confidence on a Wednesday media name to advertise the combat. But Shields, who is called “The Biggest of All Time,” or “GOAT,” for brief, expressed loads of confidence in her personal proper.

“I’ve by no means ignored an opponent,” mentioned Shields, “and I gained’t simply due to the Savannah Marshall combat. We’ve at all times had somebody that we’re already engaged on dealing with for the following combat. I’ve been on this state of affairs earlier than. I’m specializing in the one that has earned the fitting to combat me. Kozin is my obligatory, and I respect that it is a big alternative for her.”

Though she at all times takes coaching severely, this camp provided Shields one thing distinctive: the possibility to work with Floyd Mayweather. “Coaching with Floyd Mayweather has pushed my confidence even greater,” mentioned Shields. “He’s very keen on my expertise and my energy and he mentioned he’s going to fly to the U.Ok. to observe this combat. So I’m positively seeking to placed on an excellent present.”

Shields made it clear she’s by no means anxious about returning to Nice Britain. For it was on the London Olympics the place Shields earned a gold medal in 2012. “I’m anticipating the U.Ok. followers to be very excited to see me,” she mentioned. “After I walked on the market in London for my gold medal match in 2012, it was an explosive crowd. They’ve nice followers and I’m excited to be again to point out off all my enchancment since 2012.”

Though she has tried her hand at MMA just lately, Shields acknowledged she continues to be in love with the game the place she has earned her glory. “I by no means misplaced my love for boxing,” mentioned the 16 yr outdated native of Flint, Michigan. “That’s my past love and that’s why I’m the best at it. MMA is one thing I do for myself. Having the ability to even try this, with no newbie expertise, simply reveals that I’m a special type of athlete.”

Though centered on Kozin, Shields nonetheless needs to get within the ring with the 11-0 undefeated Savannah Marshall in what might be an enormous combat. “I’m hoping to get within the ring with Savannah Marshall subsequent,” mentioned Shields. “Ladies’s boxing is on hearth proper now and we’re giving the followers the fights they need.”

Kozin, after all, made it clear she has plans of her personal. “I’ve by no means been as ready as I’m proper now,” mentioned the challenger. “I wouldn’t be stepping within the ring together with her (Shields) if I didn’t imagine I used to be able to beating her.”

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