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  Claressa Shields Shares New Yearís Resolution & Previews Showdown Against Ivana Habazin Jan. 10

As the calendar flips to a new decade, undisputed middleweight champion Claressa Shields shared her New Yearís resolution ahead of her upcoming showdown against former champion Ivana Habazin for the vacant WBC and WBO 154-pound titles taking place Friday, January 10 live on SHOWTIME from the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J.

ďI really have just one main resolution for the new year - no compromising,Ē said Shields. ďThat goes for both my personal and professional life. I also want to get closer to God and stay undefeated. I was going to say stop cursing also, but thatís just not happening.Ē

Shields vs. Habazin will open up the 2020 year of big boxing events, with Shields seeking to become the fastest fighter in boxing history, male or female, to become a three-division world champion.

ďIím very happy to kick off 2020,Ē said Shields. ďGervonta Davis ended 2019 on SHOWTIME and then the GWOAT brings in the New Year for SHOWTIME in 2020. Itís going to be a great start to the year. Iím coming in with a bang and gunning for the knockout.

ďIím super excited to have Jaron Ennis on the undercard, too. To me, heís the next Roy Jones Jr. of boxing. Heís slick, he has power, he can box and heís an all-around dedicated athlete. I look forward to sharing the card with him as a future world champion.Ē

Shields has trained in Miami with her head coach John David Jackson ahead of her 154-pound debut and has been able to maintain her focus and worked to stay sharp despite the fightís two postponements.

ďI made 154 pounds back in October before the cancellation,Ē said Shields. ďAfter our fight was cancelled, I stayed active and only put on about 10 pounds. Iíve been down in Florida for the last six or seven weeks. Itís been hard work. Iíve pushed myself and Iím not taking Habazin lightly. I want the knockout because Ivana talks too much. Iím staying focused on being focused, and not letting anyone throw me off by talking nonsense.

ďI donít eat meat anymore. I havenít in over three months, so my body is more toned now. I actually have a six-pack already with just a little more weight to lose. I think people are going to be surprised at the 154-pound version of me. Iím going to be very strong and very fast because Iíve basically had five months to prepare and to get ready for her specifically.Ē

Despite training camp taking her through the many holiday events that are gluttonously celebrated by the masses, Shields has stayed disciplined ahead of her opportunity to make more history.

ďBalancing around the holidays is something Iíve been doing for years,Ē said Shields. ďI saved a lot of money by not going home for Christmas, thatís for sure. But I still spoke with all my family and connected with everyone. I have a very strict diet in camp and I actually trained on Christmas. I consider my diet more of a life plan in general, and I have my days where Iíll splurge, but I stay disciplined.Ē

Ahead of next weekís event in Atlantic City, Shields plans to unleash and make another statement on her way to another championship-winning performance.

ďNo matter what she says, this beat down was coming in October,Ē said Shields. ďAll Iím doing is bringing it to Atlantic City. Iím going to knock her out. Iím going to put down a whole different beat down on her because of the level of disrespect she has shown me. Iím not going to let her be disrespectful towards me and Iím going to knock her out to shut her up.Ē


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