Claressa Shields Ready For Hannah Rankin
DAZN Showdown On Nov. 17
Womenís superstar and two-division world champion Claressa
Shields is in Florida with trainer John David Jackson,
finishing up preparations for her showdown with Glasgow,
Scotlandís Hannahh Rankin on Saturday, November 17, at the
Kansas Star Arena and Casino in Mulvane, Kansas.
Shields (6-0, 2 KOs) will defend her IBF and WBA World
Middleweight Championships, and be looking to add the vacant
WBC title, against Rankin (5-2, 1 KO) in the 10-round
co-featured bout to Salita Promotions stablemate Jarrell
Millerís heavyweight showdown against Romaniaís Bogdan Dinu.
Both fights, along with former world champion Brandon Rios
taking on Caneloís brother, Ramon Alvarez, in a super
welterweight 10-rounder and former two-time world
middleweight title challenger Gabriel Rosado going against
once-beaten contender Luis Arias, will be broadcast live on
23-year-old Shields, a former two-time Olympic Gold
Medallist, has reignited interest in womenís boxing and
become a ratings favorite for her nationally televised
championship exploits. A proud native of Flint, Michigan,
Shields mixes her brash pronouncements of greatness with a
genuine and continued effort to inspire female athletes and
render aid to members of her home community.
Shields was originally scheduled to face WBC and WBO World
Middleweight Champion Christina Hammer on November 17, but
the bout was postponed after Hammer withdrew due to medical
Did the change of opponents from Hammer to Rankin affect
I donít train for my opponents, I just push to get the best
out of me, physically and mentally. If Iím the best Ďme,í I
donít have to worry about who the opponent is. The change of
opponents didnít bother me at all; the worst thing about
this camp for me was just all the date changes Ė constantly
having to get my mind focused on the pace and timing of
training depending on the fight date. I canít wait to get in
Youíve fought at super middleweight 168 and recently at
middleweight 160 pounds. How is your training, diet and any
other efforts different to make 160?
Training is always hard and Iím constantly learning. Iíve
had a completely different diet this camp Ė a real change
and a positive one for me. Iíve teamed up with Perfecting
Athletes for my daily meals, and I feel great. Iíve always
tried to eat healthy but these folks are pros and are more
educated in that field than myself. I have this magic drink
that makes my stomach smile Ė I love it! Itís watermelon
mixed with a green vegetable. Iím not going to tell you what
vegetable it is, but Iíve been drinking it everyday, and I
Your viewership numbers have been very strong. Why do you
think people are drawn to you?
I believe that people are drawn to how real and honest I am,
both in and out of the ring. I say what I mean and mean what
I say. Iím hard but I have a soft side also. And I think
people are drawn to how I fight -- not only do I talk a good
game but I fight my a-- off too! I give 1000% every time Ė I
want to change the game and bring a whole new generation of
fans to womenís boxing and boxing overall.
What do you know about your opponent Hannah Rankin?
I know that my opponent Rankin is very tough and determined
to be a world champion. I like her drive, I like her heart.
I know that she has been in the ring as a sparring partner
for many champions, one being Christina Hammer. So Rankin
has seen some good fighters. But one thing is for sure Ė she
has never seen a fighter like me. And since Hammer couldnít
fight because of her medical condition, in many ways the
next best thing is to fight and beat her sparring partner
and let Rankin tell Hammer what sheís in for when she
What needs to be done to solve the Flint water crisis?
To solve the flint Water crisis, I think that people should
continue to give water and also keep it in the news that
there is a city in America where, unbelievably, US citizens
donít have clean water. And hopefully the president or our
governor do something to fix all the pipes.
Whatís the secret to becoming the best of the best in any
I believe the secret starts with believing in yourself,
being dedicated, working hard and just always striving to be
better. I feel Iím my biggest critic when I train and box.
Itís hard to watch film of my fights because even though Iím
doing 97 things right I just canít stand to see the 3 things
Iím doing wrong. Iím a person who strives to pull out my
full potential. It takes guts to be great. Nothing will
stand in the way of achieving my goals, which includes being
the GWOAT and creating equality for all women fighters when
it comes to the money, opportunities and coverage the men