Claressa Maria Shields aka Claressa Shields (born on 17th April 1995 in Flint, Michigan, the United States) is an American professional boxer who became the unified world champion in two weight classes in June 2018. She has won two Olympic gold medals in the women’s middleweight division. Shields is the first American boxer to win consecutive Olympic medals, and the first American woman to win a gold medal in boxing.
Bio, Age, Education
Claressa Maria Shields aka Claressa Shields was born on 17th April 1995 in Flint, Michigan, the United States to her parents Bo Shields (father) and Marcella Adams (mother). Her father used to box in underground leagues.
As of 2019, she is 24 years old and belongs to the birth sign Pisces. By nationality, she is an American and her ethnicity is Black. There is no information about her education background. But we shall update it as soon as we get the information.
Claressa Shields: Career
- At the age of 11, she started boxing from her coach and trainer, Jason Crutchfield. She won two Junior Olympic championships.
- In 2011, she competed in her first open-division tournament, the National Police Athletic League Championships, won the middleweight title and also qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials.
- In April 2011, she set the record of 25 wins without any losses and also won her weight class at the Women’s Elite Continental Championships in Cornwall, Ontario against three-time defending world champion, Mary Spencer.
- At the 2012 Olympic Trials, she defeated the reigning national champion, Franchon Crews, the 2010 world champion, Andrecia Wasson, and Pittsburgh’s Tika Hemingway to win the middleweight class.
- On 13th May 2012, she lost the match with Savannah Marshall of England which brought Shield’s record to 26-1. However, it was announced that Shields had earned an Olympic berth.
- At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, she won the gold medal in the women’s middleweight division after beating Russian boxer, Nadezda Torlopova 19-12.
- One of her biggest achievement to mention, she won the World Championship gold medal in 2014 and in 2015, she became the first American to win titles in women’s boxing at the Olympics and Pan American Games.
- In 2016, Claressa won the gold medal at the AMBC Olympic Qualifying tournament in Argentina. Furthermore, she won the gold medal in the women’s middleweight division by defeating Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands.
Moreover, she was also awarded with the inaugural women’s division of the Val Barker Trophy. She became the first American female or male boxer to win consecutive Olympic titles with the record of 77-1.
Claressa Shields: Professional Career
- On 10th March 2017, she won the North American Boxing Federation middleweight title by defeating Szilvia Szabados.
- Claressa won the fight against Sydney LeBlanc and Mery Rancier in all the eight rounds and headlined the “Detroit Brawl” on 16th June 2017.
- Additionally, she defeated defending champ Nikki Adler in the Detroit for the WBC super-middleweight belt and the IBF super-middleweight belt held on 4th August 2017.
- On 12th January 2018, she won the WBAN super-middleweight title against Tori Nelson with the record of 17-0.
- Similarly, on 22nd June 2018, she won the WBA and inaugural IBF middleweight belts defeating Hanna Gabriel and became a two-weight world champion in the fewest professional fights.
- Likewise, on 13th April 2019, Claressa became the undisputed women’s middleweight world champion, unifying the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO middleweight titles. Along with that she won The Ring magazine’s inaugural middleweight belt, after defeating Christina Hammer.
- Recently, on 5th October 2019, Claressa had a fight with Ivana Habazin for the WBO junior middleweight title in Flint, Michigan.
Personal Life: Married / Boyfriend
Regarding her love life, Claressa is neither married nor in a relationship. She keeps her love life real private and doesn’t wants to talk about her personal life with the media. Therefore, she has maintained her love life a secret so far.
Besides that, she attempted to adopt her cousin’s daughter named Clarissa Shield in 2014. Moreover, Shield is an ambassador for Up2Us Sports, a national non-profit organization. It supports underserved youth by providing them with coaches trained in positive youth development.
Awards and Nominations
In 2017, she won the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Award for “Biggest Powerhouse”. In addition, Shields inducted into the USA Boxing Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame in 2018.
Rumors and Controversy
Shields has not been involved into any kind of rumors and controversies so far.
Net Worth & Earnings
According to the sources, Claressa Shields has an estimated net worth of $2 million as of 2018. Similarly, she earns around $800000 as her annual salary. The information about her net worth and annual salary of 2019 is under review. Moreover, she owns a car which she has recently posted in her instagram posts.
Physical Appearance & Social Media
The American boxer, Claressa Shields stands at the height of 5 feet & 8 inches and weighs 75 kg. Talking about her looks, she has black hair with a pair of black eyes.
Likewise, Claressa Shields holds 209k followers on Instagram and 42.8k followers on Twitter.
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|Full Name:||Claressa Shields|
|Birth Date:||April 17, 1995|
|Profession:||American professional boxer|
|Height:||5 feet 8 inches (1.73m)|
|Birth Place||Flint, Michigan|
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