Female boxing superstar Claressa Shields challenges Croatian counterpart Ivana Habazin for the unified super-welterweight championship, this Friday night in Atlantic City.
The WBC and WBO titles are on the line, as Flint native Shields bids for professional glory in her third weight class after unifying super-middleweight titles in her fourth fight against Nikki Adler, and becoming the undisputed middleweight champion last April with a thoroughly dominant unanimous decision victory over Christina Hammer.
Shields has at times intimated a desire to eventually face undisputed welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus, but must take care to not overlook Habazin; an experienced operator who has also fought the Norweigian as well as Sweden’s seasoned veteran Mikaela Lauren.
Ultimately, it is reasonable to expect that Habazin’s superior professional experience will not prove decisive on the night as Shield’s sheer quality, accuracy and workrate enables her to register a comfortable decision over the Croatian and extend her undefeated record to 10-0.
Article by: Navi Singh
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