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  Claressa Shields vs. Hannah Rankin
Miami Media Workout Quotes

Undisputed Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields participated in a media workout in Miami on Tuesday in preparation for her upcoming showdown with Ivana Habazin next Saturday, October 5 live on SHOWTIME from Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center in Flint, Michigan.

Shields will look to become the fastest fighter in history, male or female, to win world titles in three divisions when she faces Habazin for the WBO Junior Middleweight World Title in the main event of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION in her hometown of Flint.

Also participating in Tuesdayís workout was IBO Super Welterweight Champion Hannah Rankin, who competes in a non-televised undercard attraction next Saturday.

In the televised co-feature on October 5, undefeated welterweight sensation Jaron Ennis will return to national television against once-beaten Demian Daniel Fernandez in a 10-round bout. In the SHOWTIME opener, undefeated heavyweight prospect Jermaine Franklin will face once-beaten Pavel äour less than an hour from his hometown of Saginaw, Mich.

Hereís what the fighters had to say on Tuesday from the famed 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach:

CLARESSA SHIELDS, Undisputed Middleweight World Champion

ďI love boxing and I love that Iím one of the women who is carrying the sport, making it bigger and more well known. Weíre getting more respect.

ďThere are fighters out there who believe that they can beat me and that really motivates me. Thatís why I train and put in the time that I do.

ďI want to show everybody that Iím a truly great fighter. I can beat Vasiliy Lomachenkoís record of winning titles in three divisions in 10 fights instead of 12. Plus, Iím going backwards, not going up in weight, where there are better challenges for me.

ďMy performances will lead to bigger fights and bigger purses for me and my opponents. Iím just going to keep building my name and building my brand.

ďWith this fight against Habazin, Iím definitely going in looking for the knockout. If I get it in spectacular fashion, that will go viral and help push my career forward.

ďIt means everything to have this fight back in my hometown. I want to be the good news for Flint and make people smile. Iím happy to be bringing a fight back home while Iím still on top. I feel like Flint will be uplifted by that.

ďEveryone back home is really excited for this event. Itís going to be a huge homecoming for me on October 5.

ďMuhammad Ali has trained here at 5th Street Gym and every time I train here I feel like Iím in his presence. It makes me want to be even greater. Heís the GOAT and Iím going to be the GWOAT.

ďBeing here in Florida is great for the weight cut. Iíve been down here for nine weeks and itís hot every day. Iím sweating and working hard and the pounds are just coming off.Ē

HANNAH RANKIN, IBO Super Welterweight Champion

ďItís fantastic to be in Florida training for this fight. Everything has been perfect and Iím feeling great.

ďIím really looking forward to October 5. Me and my opponent are going to put on a great show for fans for six rounds or as long as it lasts. I want to show them what womenís boxing is about.

ďThere are lots of exciting things in the cards for me after this fight. Iím ready to take on the top fighters and pursue world titles at 154-pounds. I canít wait to show everyone what I can do.Ē


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