Claressa Shields will try and make boxing historical past on Friday night time when she challenges Ivana Habazin to turn out to be a three-weight world champion in simply her tenth skilled battle.
The 24-year-old is already a double Olympic gold medallist from her novice days and in her first 9 professional contests has received two super-middleweight world titles, in addition to all 4 middleweight titles – making her the undisputed ruler of the division.
Now, Shields is transferring down in weight once more to lastly face Habazin of their beforehand postponed conflict for 2 super-welterweight belts.
Nonetheless she has greater plans within the pipeline.
Final month, Shields attended Amanda Nunes’ UFC bantamweight title defence for talks with firm boss Dana White.
She then instructed reporters at a press convention: “I had a chat with Dana, we undoubtedly talked about what I wished to speak about – me and Amanda Nunes assembly up sooner or later.
“He stated it was undoubtedly doable, he stated that we’d have to determine the burden lessons and all the pieces, but it surely’s undoubtedly doable and I’m prepared at any time when she’s prepared and he’s prepared…
“She is the GWOAT [Greatest Woman of All Time] in MMA and I’m the GWOAT in boxing.
“It’d be one of many greatest matches in boxing historical past. You’ve by no means seen two girls who’re younger, of their prime, hungry and simply don’t wanna lose.
“I feel that me and her going through one another can be a type of fights that individuals actually see like fireworks.”
When Floyd Mayweather fought Conor McGregor in 2017, the pair squared off contained in the boxing ring.
Concerning which sport would host this bout, Shields stated: “For me, boxing’s my ardour, I might like to do it within the ring.
“However I’m additionally a good particular person, I’m honest sport. If she involves my world, I’d be greater than welcome to return to her world.”
When requested if she’d be open to initially doing a boxing match with the rematch then beneath MMA guidelines, the 24-year-old replied: “Completely.”