After successful two Olympic gold medals and a plethora of world titles, Claressa Shields is a number one determine within the sport.
However with rivals rising by championship class as properly, she believes they’ll usher in an thrilling new period for ladies’s skilled boxing.
Impressed by the ‘4 Kings’ – the period when Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, Roberto Duran and Marvin Hagler all fought one another – Shields expects all the highest feminine fighters round her weight to field each other in a sequence of high-profile fights.
“In fact, why not? Proper now, fascinated by the middleweight division plus super-middleweight division, to speak about ‘4 Queens,’ we acquired me, you bought Franchon [Crews-Dezurn], you bought Savannah Marshall and you’ve got Shadasia Inexperienced, if I had to consider the ‘4 Queens’ proper now,” Shields instructed Sky Sports activities.
Shields has boxed and overwhelmed Savannah Marshall to grow to be the undisputed middleweight champion, however stays open to a rematch.
Marshall is stepping as much as 168lbs to problem Franchon Crews-Dezurn for the undisputed super-middleweight title on July 1, stay on Sky Sports activities.
Inexperienced, unbeaten with a 12-0 (11) document, is ready within the wings because the necessary challenger for the WBC super-middleweight title.
On Saturday night time Shields has her homecoming battle, towards alternative opponent Maricela Cornejo in Detroit, the house metropolis of Tommy Hearns and the well-known Kronk gymnasium.
“Tommy was the skinniest however he had a extremely massive punch and he at all times had that Detroit meanness in him so to see him and to see that he is supporting me means loads. I grew up watching him, now he is watching me!” Shields stated.
“I am bringing massive time boxing again [to Detroit]. That is going to make for extra massive fights in Detroit nevertheless it’s all beginning out with me. So I am enthusiastic about that.”
For Shields it is one other key second in her profession. “That is large. I will get the prospect to battle in entrance of 15,000 followers,” she stated.
“Girls’s boxing has been flourishing right here in the USA however simply not as quick because it has been within the UK and we’ve not been given the alternatives.
“To have the ability to battle at Little Caesars Area, the place the Pistons play, 15,000 seats, it simply proves what I’ve already been saying, that sure I’m the best lady of all time [the GWOAT] and that I would be the one to vary how they see girls’s boxing right here within the USA.
“That is extraordinary and I am simply super-excited that they selected me.”
It follows on from her landmark win over Marshall in London.
“I undoubtedly earned this proper,” Shields stated. “Coming to the UK to take her belt and grow to be undisputed for the third time, that was an enormous threat and I used to be capable of go over there, get the job accomplished, solidify my GWOAT-ness some extra.
“After I get hit arduous, I get mad and I wish to hit you again tougher than you hit me. I wish to stand there and battle. I wish to present you that the I am greatest.
“I will go in your yard and dog-walk you in entrance of 20,000 folks.
“That is me.”