Claressa Shields Aims to Become Four Division Champion Like Her Idol Canelo Alvarez

Published 02/09/2021, 5:01 AM EST
DETROIT, MICHIGAN – OCTOBER 02: Claressa Shields works out during a pre fight media workout at the Downtown Boxing Gym on October 02, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)


Three weight division champion Claressa Shields wants to dominate across four divisions. She idolizes Canelo Alvarez to attain her dream. Akin to her, Canelo Alvarez is also an active world champion. He has recently become a four-weight title holder by putting his hands at the WBC and WBA super-middleweight straps against Callum Smith on December 19.

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While Claressa Shields is aiming for an MMA debut ahead, she has the desire to attain a world champion in boxing at a new weight class. On March 5, she will face IBF super welterweight champion Marie Eve Dicaire to unify all the belts of the division. Ahead of the fight, Shields hailed Canelo Alvarez for being an inspiration.

She posted a video of her training, comparing it with Alvarez’s. As we can see, both the boxers are working on their cross right hooks. Meanwhile, Shields touted her dream in the caption, sending several fans into a frenzy.

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“Huge fan of Canelo. I dream of being a 4x division world champ just like him one day! I’m close, one more division and I’m there! When you are great and want to be greater you study other greats! Good night!,” wrote ‘T-Rex’ Shields.

That said, Claressa Shields can possibly surpass Canelo Alvarez in the fighting journey. While Alvarez is an all-time great boxer, Shields is planning to expand her reign to the MMA world. If she wins a championship over there, Shields will turn herself into a fighting enigma for all the young boxers.

MIAMI, FL – APRIL 04: WBA, WBC and IBF Middleweight World Champion Claressa Shields poses for the media before her workout at 5th Street Gym on April 4, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Shields is training to fight WBO Middleweight World Champion Christina Hammer for the undisputed middleweight world championship April 13. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Can Claressa Shields become a champion in MMA?

She is currently at Jacksonwink MMA under the guidance of several UFC stars, like Jon Jones and Holly Holm. While Holly Holm had successfully transitioned from boxing to MMA, Shields can follow a similar path.

She is already an elite puncher and with some new additions on board, Claressa Shields can turn even deadlier. But her prime focus is to win the boxing bout on March 5. Post-that, she will compete at Professional Fighting League. Alongside several other MMA elites.

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Do you think Claressa Shields will be equally successful in MMA?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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