‘I Didn’t Sleep Again Until I was 21’ – Claressa Shields Talks About her Fear of Losing

Published 03/04/2021, 12:00 PM EST


Claressa Shields is one of the most-watched female fighters in the world. In a brief span of time, Shields hit the right chords to attain vast success in the fight business. With her solid work ethic, ‘T-Rex’ has inspired an upcoming generation of female boxers.

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The unified super-welterweight champion will step inside the ring this Friday against Marie Eve Dicaire. This will be her first fight after a long 14-month layoff. Recently, Shields attended the pre-fight press conference. Here, she talked about this fight and her fear of losing.

“This year I’m concerned about the outcome because I don’t like losing. When I lost my first fight when I was 17, I didn’t sleep again until I was 21 when I won the second Olympics. So, that’s how personal I take this fight,” she said.

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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)

‘T-Rex’ flashed back to the first time she suffered a loss. It was in her amateur career while she was just 17. Despite that being the only loss in her decorated amateur career, Shields did not enjoy that fleck on her resume at all.

In the above statement, she asserted of not sleeping until she compensated for that loss with a win in the 2016 Olympics. Talking about her upcoming battle, she stated it is personal and she’ll leave no stones unturned in bagging a win.

With a slick pro-record already, the 25-year-old is hungry to add another cracking win to her name.

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Can Claressa Shields add her 11th career win on Friday night?

Shields has a substantial 10 professional wins to her name, with 2 of them coming via knockouts. Going into this fight, ‘T-Rex’ will confront an equally intimidating opponent in form of Marie Dicaire.

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)

If ‘T-Rex’ gets past the Canadian, it will undeniably prove to be her biggest career win to date. Hence, she’ll be keen to employ all her experience and prowess on March 5. Over the past few months, Shields also trained for her MMA debut, but as she got a worthy opponent in boxing, she transitioned her training schedule for the same.

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Her approach in this fight will be worth a watch as fans will be keen to see what she will present to secure her eleventh win.

How do you envisage Shields performing in this fight?

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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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