Claressa Shields Recalls Words of Wisdom From Boxing Legend Evander Holyfield

Published 02/19/2021, 8:30 AM EST
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 21: Gold medalist Claressa Maria Shields of the United States poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women’s Boxing Middle (69-75kg) on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Riocentro – Pavilion 6 on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)


One of the most prolific female boxers on the planet, Claressa Shields, will return to the boxing ring after a 13-month layoff. She will battle Marie-Eve Dicaire in a super-welterweight title fight on March 5. A few months back, ‘T-Rex’ transitioned her focus to MMA and even began preparing for her MMA debut. However, she turned her attention to boxing yet again, as she had a mighty opponent and a highly rewarding fight.

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Shields is focused on her boxing return and she even took some piece of advice from the former heavyweight king, Evander Holyfield. In an interview with FightHype, the undefeated boxer shed some light on her conversation with ‘The Real Deal’.

She said, “He’s a huge fan of me, he watches me box. I’d be grateful if he would be coming to the fight. I think it’s a great chance that he’ll be coming to flint to watch the fight.”

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Shields recognized Holyfield as her idol and asserted that he’s a huge fan of her prowess. Moreover, ‘T-Rex’ wished to see ‘The Real Deal’ in attendance when she takes to the ring at ‘SUPERWOMEN.’

Akin to Holyfield, the 25-year-old has a powerful urge to become the undisputed champion. She will take a huge step towards attaining her goal with a win on March 5.

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Is Marie-Eve Dicaire the toughest opponent to date for Claressa Shields?

The unbeaten Marie-Eve Dicaire will undoubtedly present a massive challenge to ‘T-Rex’ with her astonishing boxing resume. She edges over the American in terms of experience, with 17 fights to her name.

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – APRIL 13: Claressa Shields reacts after defeating Christina Hammer (not pictured) and becoming the women’s undisputed middleweight champion at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on April 13, 2019 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Shields is a young gun and is a 2x Olympic gold medallist. Furthermore, she is yet to taste defeat in her professional career. Though Dicaire is a superior fighter on paper, ‘T-Rex’ will look to give it to her all in her biggest fight yet.

The 25-year-old will be hungry to add her 11th career win and elevate her boxing run to a different level altogether. The words from ‘The Real Deal’ will certainly spur her on.

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Given their records and skills, this fight is expected to be an absolute blinder. The year 2021 cannot get better as the two finest women pugilists are on the brink of boxing each other.

Who do you think will win this bout?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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