After a brief break from boxing, Claressa Shields returned to the ring on February 5 to place her undisputed middleweight title against undefeated Ema Kozin at Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales . It will be Shields’ first time fighting abroad as a professional, but most importantly, the two-time Olympic gold medalist and undisputed two-category champion wants to remind the world that Who is the self-proclaimed “GWOAT”?
“Ema Kozin has a great 21-0-1 record and says she spent a year preparing me,” Shields told The Sporting News. “And with all that hard work, I’ll show her that it’s still not enough to beat me.
“I will show the world that there are levels to this. I’m not even 100% focused on boxing yet but let’s see how good I look when I’m back.”
Shields currently holds the record for being second and third place champions in the fewest professional matches. She is also the only boxer in history, male or female, to be an undisputed champion in two different weight classes. But the 26-year-old will have a competitor who can claim she is the only person to have ever beaten Shields as an amateur.
“When Savannah Marshall looks from the side, she will see that there are levels,” she continued. “I will destroy both of them.
“I will destroy Ema Kozin inside the ring physically but mentally it will cheer Savannah Marshall up.”
Of Shields’ 88 pro and amateur fights, only Marshall has been able to beat her. That back-to-back victory came back in 2012 at the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in China when Shields was just 17 years old. The defeat was something Marshall did to mock Shields in the hope of possibly a rematch after a decade. While Shields won’t shy away from the fight, she thinks it’s time for Marshall to move on.
Shields said: “No one would have known her if it weren’t for her beating me when I was 17. “Who did she beat as a pro? Nobody know. This fight is necessary so that she can move on with her life. It hurts when she loses but she needs to keep going and I will help her do it. ”
Shields is amused by the fact that she can compete overseas in what could be hostile territory, as Marshall lives in nearby Hartlepool. Without looking past Kozin, Shields plans to use her as a tool to get Marshall to see what’s in store for her later this year.
“The reason (Marshall) is going to lose to me so badly is because she’s lived in the same winning moment all her life and hasn’t gotten any better,” Shields said. “She stayed there because it was probably the best day of her life. She was stuck. She didn’t win a medal at the 2012 or 2016 Olympics. She didn’t do anything. .”