Claressa Shields Update

Female super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields speaks to the Detroit Free Press.

Shields went through an intense six-week training camp to prepare for Saturday morning’s 10-round unanimous decision win over Tori Nelson. Now the Flint boxer and two-time Olympic gold medalist has karaoke on her mind while she waits for her management team to schedule her next fight. More

Female super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields speaks to the Detroit Free Press. Shields went through an intense six-week training camp to prepare for Saturday morning’s 10-round unanimous decision win…
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Eyubov: I Will Run Ulysee Jr Out of the Ring

Already one of the most entertaining up-and-comers in boxing and willing to face anyone put in front of him, Kazakhstan-born slugger Bakhtiyar “Bakha Bullet” Eyubov, is calling out a fellow super lightweight prospect that most of his contemporaries try to avoid.

Photo: Terrell Groggins

“Bring me Yves Ulysse Jr. next,” said Eyubov. I want to fight him.”

A true warrior, Eyubov says he’s willing to go where others fear to tread on his way to a world championship. “I know Ulysse is considered a difficult opponent and fighters are avoiding him, but I would run him out of the ring. I’ll stop him and get my respect in the division. I am too strong and too hungry. He can’t survive my tenacity!” Continue reading “Eyubov: I Will Run Ulysee Jr Out of the Ring”

Already one of the most entertaining up-and-comers in boxing and willing to face anyone put in front of him, Kazakhstan-born slugger Bakhtiyar “Bakha Bullet” Eyubov, is calling out a fellow…
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Interview: Mark Taffet

Former head of HBO PPV Mark Taffet talks about his vision in elevating the state of women’s boxing.

Former head of HBO PPV Mark Taffet talks about his vision in elevating the state of women’s boxing.


Bakhtiyer Eyubov vs. Maurice Chalmers

See a non-televised bout between super lightweight knockout sensation Bakhtiyer Eyubov (13-0, 11 KOs) against Maurice Chalmers on Friday night in Verona, NY.

See a non-televised bout between super lightweight knockout sensation Bakhtiyer Eyubov (13-0, 11 KOs) against Maurice Chalmers on Friday night in Verona, NY.


Claressa Shields takes aim at Christina Hammer

Now that unified women’s WBC and IBF super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields (5-0, 2 KOs) has defeated previously undefeated Tori Nelson, the 22-year-old 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medalist now has her sights set on the middleweight division where she will eventually target undefeated and unified women’s middleweight world champion Christina Hammer, who was ringside Friday in Verona, NY.

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

“I have to drop down and see how I feel (first),” Shields said. “I think I could make 160 easy, I’m going to be bigger and stronger than any girl. Hammer just wants to scope. I think she’s pretty scared to be honest. She is more worried about me than I am about her. I’m going to kick Hammer’s ass. People think Hammer is more skilled than me so I can’t wait to show her that she’s not.” Continue reading “Claressa Shields takes aim at Christina Hammer”

Now that unified women’s WBC and IBF super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields (5-0, 2 KOs) has defeated previously undefeated Tori Nelson, the 22-year-old 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medalist…
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Shields dominates Nelson, retains WBC, IBF belts

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Photos: Andy Newman

WBC/IBF female super middleweight champion Claressa Shields retained her world titles with a one-sided ten round unanimous nod over Tori Nelson on Friday night at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, NY.

In the first, both ladies eyed each other with some degree of respect, not looking to make a fight-ending mistake. Shields made the first move firing away with combinations, but Nelson was not awed. In fact, at the end of round one, it was Nelson who landed a hard left in a simultaneous exchange. Shields looked to take control in the second, landing lead rights to start two and three punch combos. Nelson signaled “no big deal” with a dismissive shake of her head. In the third, Shields voluntarily backed into a neutral corner, luring Nelson in for counters and in turn avoiding everything Nelson threw with deft bobbing and weaving. Continue reading “Shields dominates Nelson, retains WBC, IBF belts”

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside Photos: Andy Newman WBC/IBF female super middleweight champion Claressa Shields retained her world titles with a one-sided ten round unanimous nod over Tori Nelson…
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Ergashev stops Fredrickson, Hernandez tops Garza

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Photos: Andy Newman

In the first televised fight of the ShoBox card in Verona, New York, Super lightweights Sonny “Pretty Boy” Fredrickson and Shohjahon “Descendant of Tamerlane” Ergashev lived up to the expectation of “this is going to be the fight of the night!” After a weigh-in full of disdain for each other, it was expected that this matchup would bring fireworks. At the bell for round one, Ergashev showed no fear, rushing right at Fredrickson. For his part, Fredrickson seemed tentative and unsure of his distance, often lunging with his punches, despite a distinct height and reach advantage.

Perhaps it was Ergashev’s southpaw stance, or just respect for the Uzbek’s power (ten-for-ten KOs to wins). Suddenly in the third, a hard left got through the guard of Fredrickson, hurting him badly. Fredrickson tried to tie Ergashev up, but the relentless slugger wailed away, eventually forcing the ring doctor to step up on the ring apron, signaling referee Benji Esteves to halt matters at 1:58 of round three. Ergashev moves to 11-0, 11 KOs. Fredrickson suffers his first defeat at 18-1, 12 KOs. Continue reading “Ergashev stops Fredrickson, Hernandez tops Garza”

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside Photos: Andy Newman In the first televised fight of the ShoBox card in Verona, New York, Super lightweights Sonny “Pretty Boy” Fredrickson and Shohjahon…
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Off-TV Results from Turning Stone

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside

In a classic Mutt-n-Jeff affair, the 6’5” Apti Davtaev and 5’8” Garrett Wilson presented quite a scene in the ring during this heavyweight scrap. The fireplug Wilson’s only chance appeared to be landing a hay-maker on the bearded lumberjack Davtaev, but doing so would prove difficult due to the massive reach difference. Wilson did sting Davtaev on occasion and at times even pressed the action. When Davtaev sensibly employed his jab, he controlled the action. The fourth brought cheers from the crowd as the under-sized underdog Wilson caught Davtaev high on the temple with a looping right the left the Russian momentarily swaying in the breeze, visibly hurt. Wilson tried to capitalize, but couldn’t land a follow-up blow. Wilson had more success in the fifth, with several more right handed leads landing flush on Davtaev’s noggin, thrilling the crowd. It was more of the same in the sixth, Davtaev pressing at times and paying for it with sneaky counter bombs from Wilson. Suddenly at the end of the sixth, confusion arose as referee Gary Rosato, and the handlers for each fighter began conferring in the ring. Rosato then met with members of the Oneida commission. Both fighters were poised to come out for the seventh, but to everyone’s surprise, the bout was over as it was now a six rounder!

Who knew? Apparently Wilson’s corner did as they produced a photo from a cell phone of the contract, showing a signed-for six rounds. Thank you modern technology! All three judges, Glenn Feldman, John McKaei and Wynn Kintz saw it the same at 58-56 for Apti Davtaev, now 14-0-1, 13 KOs. Wilson falls to 18-15-1, 9 KOs. A look at Davtaev’s record shows why he was 13 KOs out of 13 wins. Garrett was by far his best opponent, if not by win/loss record, then in quality and fighting pedigree! This was the second time Wilson won the hearts of the Turning Stone fans. In 2013, he lost a hard fought decision to then top prospect Vyacheslav Glazkov. Continue reading “Off-TV Results from Turning Stone”

By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside In a classic Mutt-n-Jeff affair, the 6’5” Apti Davtaev and 5’8” Garrett Wilson presented quite a scene in the ring during this heavyweight scrap.…
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Interview: Christina Hammer

Christina Hammer talks about progress of woman’s boxing, fight with Claressa Shields.

Christina Hammer talks about progress of woman’s boxing, fight with Claressa Shields.


Interview: Claressa Shields

By Byron Spurlock

Unified women’s super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields and undefeated IBF mandatory challenger Tori Nelson are set for their 10-round WBC and IBF world title showdown tonight in the ShoBox main event taking place at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY.

Photo: Bob Ryder

The 22-year-old two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Shields (4-0, 2 KOs) will face her second consecutive undefeated opponent in the former world champion Nelson (17-0-3, 2 KOs).

We caught up with Claressa in the lead up to the fight. Continue reading “Interview: Claressa Shields”

By Byron Spurlock Unified women’s super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields and undefeated IBF mandatory challenger Tori Nelson are set for their 10-round WBC and IBF world title showdown tonight…
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ShoBox weights from Verona, New York

By Boxing Bob Newman at the scale

Claressa Shields 167 vs. Tori Nelson 164.75
(WBC & IBF Female Super Middleweight titles)

Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

Shohjahon Ergashev 140 vs. Sonny Fredrickson 141

Photo: Boxing Bob Newman

Jesse Angel Hernandez 122.5 vs. Ernesto Garza III 122.5
Apti Davtaev 245 vs. Garrett Wilson 210
Alexey Zubov 206.75 vs. Lamont Capers 194.25
Franchon Crews Dezurn 169.25 vs. Tiffany Woodard 166
Bakhtiyar Eyubov 143.5 vs. Maurice Chalmers 141.5

Venue: Turning Stone Resort & Casino
Promoter: Dmitriy Salita (Salita Promotions)
Matchmaker: Dennis Turner
Television: USA Showtime 10:00 pm
Doors open: 6:30 pm, First bell: 7:00 pm

By Boxing Bob Newman at the scale Claressa Shields 167 vs. Tori Nelson 164.75 (WBC & IBF Female Super Middleweight titles) Shohjahon Ergashev 140 vs. Sonny Fredrickson 141 Jesse Angel…
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Claressa Shields Final Workout Quotes & Photos

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME

Unified Women’s Super Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields spoke to media at a workout session in her hometown of Flint, Mich., before she departed to Verona, N.Y. to defend her 168-pound titles against undefeated IBF mandatory challenger Tori Nelson tomorrow night, Friday, Jan. 12 live on SHOWTIME.

Shields will weigh in this afternoon prior to tomorrow night’s ShoBox: The New Generation telecast from Turning Stone Resort Casino. The telecast begins at 10 p.m. ET/PT and features the battle of two undefeated 140-pound prospects Shohjahon Ergashev and Sonny Fredrickson and Jesse Hernandez making his ShoBox return against Ernesto Garza. Continue reading “Claressa Shields Final Workout Quotes & Photos”

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME Unified Women’s Super Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields spoke to media at a workout session in her hometown of Flint, Mich., before she departed to Verona, N.Y.…
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Davtaev Looking to Impress in American Debut

Undefeated heavyweight KO artist Apti Davtaev will make his long-awaited American debut this Friday night on the untelevised undercard of two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa “T-Rex” Shields (4-0, 2 KOs) defense of her WBC and IBF titles against undefeated mandatory challenger Tori Nelson (17-0-3, 2 KOs) at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.

Photo: Terrell Groggins

A recent signing of Salita Promotions, Davtaev (13-0-1, 13 KOs), from Kurchaloi, Russia, will take on Philadelphia-based veteran Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (18-13-1, 9 KOs) in an eight-round showcase.

Standing an imposing 6 ‘5″ and already having won the WBC Slovenian title in just his tenth pro fight, Davtaev moved from his training base in Grozny to Detroit to work with well-respected Javan SugarHill Steward at the Kronk Gym. Continue reading “Davtaev Looking to Impress in American Debut”

Undefeated heavyweight KO artist Apti Davtaev will make his long-awaited American debut this Friday night on the untelevised undercard of two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa “T-Rex” Shields (4-0, 2 KOs)…
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Fredrickson: I’m looking to make a statement

Unbeaten WBA #8 Junior Welterweight fighter Sonny “Pretty Boy” Fredrickson (18-0,12 KOs) is slated to make his SHOWTIME debut on Friday, January 12 when he faces off against Shohjahon Ergashev in the telecast opener of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Jan. 12 live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

Fredrickson will square off against the Uzbekistani Ergashev (11-0, 11 KOs) in a telecast headlined by two-time Olympian Gold Medalist Claressa Shields (4-0, 2 KO’s) as she defends her WBC and IBF Middleweight World Titles against Tori Nelson (17-0-3, 2 KO’s).

The highly anticipated fight is part of a tripleheader event promoted by Salita Promotions. And while Ergashev is with Salita Promotions, there is no doubt who the “A-Side” of this fight is as the fast rising Fredrickson looks to solidify his position as one of the top contenders at Junior Welterweight and make himself a television regular. Continue reading “Fredrickson: I’m looking to make a statement”

Unbeaten WBA #8 Junior Welterweight fighter Sonny “Pretty Boy” Fredrickson (18-0,12 KOs) is slated to make his SHOWTIME debut on Friday, January 12 when he faces off against Shohjahon Ergashev…
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Eyubov Returns to Action This Friday

Kazakhstan-born junior welterweight contender Bakhtiyar Eyubov is back with a vengeance and ready to bring his flashy and fan-friendly style to New York boxing fans.

One of the world’s most exciting fighters at 140 and 147 pounds, the entertaining Eyubov will return to action this Friday, January 12, on the untelevised undercard of two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa “T-Rex” Shields (4-0, 2 KOs) defense of her WBC and IBF titles against undefeated mandatory challenger Tori Nelson (17-0-3, 2 KOs) at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. Eyubov (13-0, 11 KOs) will face Lynchburg, Virginia’s Maurice Chalmers (14-13-1, 8 KOs) in a six-round junior welterweight showdown. Continue reading “Eyubov Returns to Action This Friday”

Kazakhstan-born junior welterweight contender Bakhtiyar Eyubov is back with a vengeance and ready to bring his flashy and fan-friendly style to New York boxing fans. One of the world’s most…
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Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields speaks

Unified champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields reflects on her remarkable amateur career and forecasts success in 2018, starting when she defends her belts against undefeated mandatory challenger Tori Nelson this Friday at 10 p.m. ET/PT live on SHOWTIME.

“I want to go down in history as the best women’s fighter ever, and how do you do that?” Shields ponders as she explains her decision to turn pro. “I did something that made history and people are sitting there acting like I don’t even exist.”

Shields (4-0, 2 KOs) takes viewers through a day of training camp in her hometown of Flint, Michigan, where she discusses growing up in the city that defines her and predicts a dominating professional career in multiple weight classes. Continue reading “Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields speaks”

Unified champion and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields reflects on her remarkable amateur career and forecasts success in 2018, starting when she defends her belts against undefeated mandatory challenger…
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Claressa Shields sighting

Watch Claressa Shields go toe-to-toe with Dancing Usher at Pistons game

Watch Claressa Shields go toe-to-toe with Dancing Usher at Pistons game Pretty epic @StateFarm Dance Cam tonight with gold medalist and World champion @Claressashields! pic.twitter.com/dYRNP9qQAO — Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) January…
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Salita Promotions inks Franchon Crews-Dezurn

Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions has announced the signing of Baltimore-based female super middleweight prospect and former amateur world standout Franchon Crews-Dezurn to a promotional contract. Crews-Dezurn joins a Salita Promotions women’s boxing roster that includes superstar Claressa Shields, European star Christina Hammer, and Russian future champion Elena Savelyeva.

30-year-old Crews-Dezurn, 2-1, 1 KO as a professional, is a former highly decorated, elite amateur boxer. Among her many championships, she was an eight-time US Open National Champion, a four-time National Female Golden Gloves Champion, a four-time Pan Am Continental Champion, a two-time National PAL Champion, and a two-time US Olympic Team Alternate. Continue reading “Salita Promotions inks Franchon Crews-Dezurn”

Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions has announced the signing of Baltimore-based female super middleweight prospect and former amateur world standout Franchon Crews-Dezurn to a promotional contract. Crews-Dezurn joins a Salita…
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Claressa Shields Nets 2017 Year-End Honors

Promoter Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions has a winner in female superstar, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and WBC and IBF Super Middleweight World Champion, Claressa “T Rex” Shields, who has secured an impressive list of victories in the 2017 year-end awards. In just her first full year as a professional, Flint, Michigan’s Shields was named USA Today: Female Fighter of the Year, Yahoo Sports: Female Fighter of the Year, WBAN: Hottest Rising Star and WBAN: Most Inspirational.

After turning professional in November 2016, Shields appeared three times in 2017, making boxing history by headlining two separate Showtime telecasts. In August, Shields won the WBC and vacant IBF Super Middleweight Championships from previously unbeaten and highly regarded champion Nikki Adler in dominant fashion. And in March, also on Showtime, she stopped Hungary’s Szilvia Szabados in four rounds. Continue reading “Claressa Shields Nets 2017 Year-End Honors”

Promoter Dmitriy Salita of Salita Promotions has a winner in female superstar, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and WBC and IBF Super Middleweight World Champion, Claressa “T Rex” Shields, who has…
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Javan Hill: Detroit boxing on its way back

Javan ”Sugar” Hill Stewart on the return of championship boxing to the City of Detroit.

Javan ”Sugar” Hill Stewart on the return of championship boxing to the City of Detroit.


Salita Promotions Inks Christina Hammer

Promoter Dmitriy Salita has announced the signing of undefeated women’s unified world middleweight champion Christina Hammer to a multi-fight promotional contract. Already a superstar in Europe, “Lady Hammer” (22-0, 10 KOs), from Dortmund, Germany, (via Novodolinka, Kazakhstan) is the current WBC and WBO Middleweight Champion. She has also previously held the WBF Middleweight, as well as WBO and WBF Super Middleweight Championships.

Under Salita’s promotional direction, Hammer will make her United States boxing debut on Friday, January 12, at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, on the non-televised undercard of a ShoBox: The New Generation telecast (10 p.m. ET/PT), featuring unified Women’s Super Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields’ WBC and IBF title defense against mandatory challenger Tori Nelson. Hammer is scheduled for a 10-round fight, highlights of which will be shown on SHOWTIME. Continue reading “Salita Promotions Inks Christina Hammer”

Promoter Dmitriy Salita has announced the signing of undefeated women’s unified world middleweight champion Christina Hammer to a multi-fight promotional contract. Already a superstar in Europe, “Lady Hammer” (22-0, 10…
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Claressa Shields ready to kickoff 2018

Photos: Terrell Groggins/Salita Promotions

Unified women’s super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields met with local members of the media and took part in an open-to-the-public workout on Tuesday at Kronk Gym, exactly one month away from defending her 168-pound WBC and IBF titles against undefeated IBF mandatory challenger Tori Nelson on Friday, Jan. 12 live on SHOWTIME. A two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Shields (4-0, 2 KOs) will face her second consecutive undefeated opponent in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

Here is what the 22-year-old native of Flint, Mich., had to say on Tuesday:

Claressa Shields: “I am calm – focused – but still hungry like a challenger with the added confidence of being a world champion. I took some time off after my last win but I look forward to getting busy again in 2018. Continue reading “Claressa Shields ready to kickoff 2018”

Photos: Terrell Groggins/Salita Promotions Unified women’s super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields met with local members of the media and took part in an open-to-the-public workout on Tuesday at Kronk…
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Ergashev-Fredrickson collide Jan 12 on ShoBox

Uzbekistan power-puncher Shohjahon Ergashev will face the toughest test of his career in fellow undefeated and top-10 ranked Sonny Fredrickson in the telecast opener of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Jan. 12 live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT) from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

In the co-feature of the tripleheader headlined by the Claressa Shields-Tori Nelson Women’s 10-round Super Middleweight World Championship, Jesse Hernandez (10-1, 7 KOs) will take on former National Golden Gloves Gold Medalist Ernesto Garza (9-2, 5 KOs; 1-3 WSB) in a 10-round super bantamweight bout between two all-action fighters.

Ergashev (11-0, 11 KOs), who has recorded a knockout in each of his first 11 professional fights, and Fredrickson (18-0, 12 KOs) of Toledo, Ohio, will contest an eight-round super lightweight bout. Continue reading “Ergashev-Fredrickson collide Jan 12 on ShoBox”

Uzbekistan power-puncher Shohjahon Ergashev will face the toughest test of his career in fellow undefeated and top-10 ranked Sonny Fredrickson in the telecast opener of ShoBox: The New Generation on…
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Shot of the Day

Female fighting superstars Claressa Shields and Cris Cyborg were on hand today in Detroit for UFC media day.

Female fighting superstars Claressa Shields and Cris Cyborg were on hand today in Detroit for UFC media day.


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