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  Claressa Shields vs. Ivana Habazin
Final Press Conference Quotes


Undisputed middleweight world champion Claressa Shields and former welterweight champion Ivana Habazin met face-to-face Tuesday at the final press conference three days before their long-awaited showdown for the vacant WBC and WBO 154-pound world titles this Friday, January 10 live on SHOWTIME from Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J.

The press conference also featured Philadelphiaís welterweight sensation Jaron Ennis and Brooklyn-based contender Bakhtiyar Eyubov, who meet in the 10-round co-featured bout, plus Lindenhurst, N.Y. native and WBA Super Middleweight Champion Alicia Napoleon Espinosa and undefeated IBF Super Middleweight Champion Elin Cederroos, who will clash in a blockbuster unification bout to open the SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION action at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The event is promoted by Salita Promotions in association with T-REX BOXING PROMOTIONS.

Here is what the fighters had to say Thursday from the Hotel Plaza Athťnťe in Manhattan:

CLARESSA SHIELDS


ďIím once in a century kind of athlete. I guarantee itís going to be over before six rounds. And I say six because Iím punching different. Iím stronger at 154. Iím faster.

ďI just try to keep carrying womenís boxing the best way that I can. Iím regarded as a top 10 fighter in boxing already with only nine fights. When you have that kind of pressure you have to go out and not be average. Skill wise, thereís not a woman that can compare to me. I can do everything. I can box, I can brawl, I can stand in front of you toe-to-toe. When I win this fight Iím just going to get a little bit louder with: Sheís the GWOAT, Greatest Women Of All Time. Put it there. I claim it.

ďAfter everything happened in Flint, I had a conversation with Stephen Espinoza and he just told me to stay focused. Everyone who was in Flint and knows about the incident that happened knows itís not something I have a history of doing. I donít do stuff outside the ring.

ďOne of the things she said that was really disrespectful was that I didnít make weight for October 4. Donít believe the lies. I made 154 pounds and Iím going to be a three-division world champion come Friday. Ivana doesnít stand a chance. Iím sorry, Iím just going to keep it real. Sheís not as skilled as Christina Hammer. She worked her way up, but once a quitter, always a quitter.

ďOnce the fight is over, sheís going to be a blast from the past. They wonít be talking about the incident in Flint. They may remember it, but her? They wonít even remember her name after I beat her down on Friday.Ē

IVANA HABAZIN


ďI bet all of you are excited to see this fight. Itís finally time. First, I want to say thank you to SHOWTIME, Salita Promotions, and my team, who made this fight. I want to say that Claressa Shields is not the greatest woman of all time, but she is the greatest bully of all time. She can say whatever she wants, but you know what, talk is cheap, and on Friday night she ainít going to do anything, because Iím going to knock her out.

ďIn regards to weight, I definitely think itís going to be an advantage for me, but I donít worry about her weight. Whatever, this is the fight. Itís not a game, and I came here to win.

ďShe can say whatever she wants, but the lion doesnít concern itself with the opinions of sheep. So, I donít even think about her.

ďIím not worried about the judges. I know what I need to do. If I want an easy win, itís going to be with a knockout. But I prepare myself for the knockout or for whatever I need. I am really prepared better than ever.

ďI donít think the fight is going to be easy. Of course itís not going to be easy and I prepared for that too, but I think this is one really big show and the judges will be fair, but I will not give them a chance to make a decision.Ē

JARON ENNIS


ďI want to thank Eyubov for taking this fight because as you all know we go through a bunch of opponents every time I fight. Nobody wants to fight me. I thank him for taking this, but despite that, Friday night Iím coming to do my thing and put on a show. You all know Iím in and out like a robbery.

ďIím going to get that knockout. Itís going to come. Iím sure itís going to come because heís got to come to me. Itís going to come. Weíre going to set it up perfect and get him up out of here.

ďIím unpredictable. You donít know what Iím going to do. I can switch it up, I can have fun. I can do whatever I want to do to him. Friday night heís going to see why nobody wants to fight me.

ďAfter I do my thing on Friday night, we are most definitely looking for the top 10 or top 15, title eliminators, world titles, all of that. 2020 will be the year that I take over and the world will know about Jaron ĎBootsí Ennis.Ē

BAKHTIYAR EYUBOV


ďIím very excited to be here on this SHOWTIME card. I come from a small country (Kazakhstan) and itís really hard for me to believe that this is actually happening.

ďIím very thankful for this opportunity and will do my best on Friday. Iím grateful to fight such a skilled and tough opponent. I know heís very strong physically and mentally, but I grew up on the streets and Iíve been around war all my life.

ďIím going to bring the toughness. Iím not a regular opponent. I come with an awkward style that will cause him problems.Ē

ALICIA NAPOLEON ESPINOSA

ďWe finally got here and itís amazing. Iím honored to be on the card with these women and to be bringing this sport up together. Weíre pioneering for womenís boxing for all the women that are with us now and the women who are ahead of us.

On claims that Napoleon-Espinosa avoided Shields in the past:

ďI did not avoid [Shields] and we hashed this out before in person, not on social media. I want to get paid. I want to make decent money and make as much as the men in this sport eventually. You know when Claressa first started they werenít offering as much as now and the money still needs to be more. Women offer just as much as the men.

ďIím looking to be challenged and to fight the best. Thatís what we are here for. But Iím going to take a stand and Iím not going to say yes until the team agrees. Thatís where I stand.Ē

ELIN CEDERROOS


ďMy team is something special. This is a big opportunity to be here and be on this fight card, and I just try to enjoy every moment. This is my first time in the U.S. I came from Sweden for this fight. We arrived yesterday, and this is so fun. I love it. It feels great to be here.

ďThis is a big dream coming true. Thank you for this opportunity. I donít know what to say, Iím just enjoying the moment. Iím for sure going to put on a great show Friday night.

ďI had my first amateur fight six years ago and had to pause for two years because of my second pregnancy. My kid Jack is turning four in February. My kids are back at home and my husband is coming tomorrow.

ďIím just feeling so strong. I feel I have this in me. The fight is just ahead and I think it will be such a great fight.Ē



 

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