Claressa Shields wants to waste no time when she locks horn with her old rival Hanna Gabriels next month and wants to secure a stoppage as soon as possible.
I don’t want to be in the ring with Hanna Gabriels for 10 rounds: Claressa Shields
The “GWOAT” will be facing Gabriels, the four division champion boxer, in a rematch on Saturday, 3rd June at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Their first encounter back in June 2018 saw Shields winning the vacant WBA and inaugural IBF female middleweight titles, courtesy of a 10-round unanimous decision victory.
This time, however, the undisputed light middleweight world champion doesn’t want to go the distance with her Costa Rican adversary and wants to secure a knockout as quickly as the opportunity comes.
“My goal is to knock her out as soon as the chance comes,” Shields said in a recent interview. “I don’t want to be in the ring with her for 10 rounds. That’s respect to her. My goal is to train to catch her with a shot or multiple shots, and get the fight over with. I’m always in shape for 10 rounds, but I’m calculating where I’m gonna land those shots so that I can get her out of there.”
Although their first encounter resulted in a win for Shields, it was the only time across her amateur and professional career that Shields was knocked down.
“Claressa is already in incredible shape and is working extremely hard to showcase her best in this historic homecoming fight,” Dmitriy Salita, President of Salita Promotions stated. “Everyone watching this fight is going to see a boxing great in the prime of her career performing on a big stage. Claressa wants to avenge the only knockdown of her career, and she knows the best way to do that is with a spectacular knockout victory.” [H/T Boxingscene.com]