Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields Set for Showtime Debut

By Mike Sloan Feb 7, 2017
Claressa Shields, the only two-time Olympic gold medalist in United States history, will be making her eagerly-awaited television debut next month.

Shields (1-0) will face off against Hungary’s Szilvia Szabados (15-8, 6 KOs) in the main event of Showtime’s popular contender series ShoBox: The New Generation. The event will take place on March 10 from inside the MGM Grand Detroit Event Center in Detroit, Mich.

“It is a dream come true to be the first woman to headline a boxing card on premium television,” said Shields, who captured gold at the 2012 London Games and repeated the feat this past summer in Rio de Janeiro. “March 10 will be a historic night for boxing and all of the women who give so much to advance our sport. I will do everything to give my home state fans and the viewers a night to remember.”

“Fighters always say their next fight is the most important one of their career, but you get an opportunity like this, and it really is,” Szabados added. “This is an unbelievable dream. I am very happy to be receiving this opportunity. I know this fight is important for Claressa also, and I don’t really know what will happen in the ring. We both want to win. Claressa has more amateur experience, but I have more experience as a professional. It’s going to be an exciting night.”

The action will be televised live on Showtime beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. A full undercard will be announced soon.

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