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21 -year-old, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields is set to make history again, in only her second pro bout. Shields (1-0, 0 KOs) will be facing  Szilvia Szabados (15-8, 6 KOs). The six-round Middleweight  bout will be televised  March 10 as the main event to Showtime’s “ShoBox: The New Generation” (10 p.m. ET/PT). The fight will take place at the MGM Grand Detroit Event Center, near Shield’s hometown of Flint, Michigan.  This fight will go down in history as Claressa will be the first female boxer to headline a card on a premium network.

Claressa isn’t concerned that Szabados has more experience, she states that her skill level will speak for itself come fight night.  Claressa knows how important this bout is for the advancement of Women’s boxing, and she’s excited that she was chosen to trailblaze this opportunity, and to be near home which she hasn’t had much luxury of.

Co-Manager  Mark Taffet, said,   “Claressa is on a mission to be a game-changer, to chart a new course in history. She is proud to be the first woman to headline a main event on premium television, and she intends to be the first woman to be ranked in boxing’s top 10 pound-for-pound list. The journey begins March 10.”

Hungary’s Szabados said, “Fighters always say their next fight is the most important one of their career, but you get an opportunity like this, and it really is,” Szabados said.  “This is an unbelievable dream.  I am very happy to be receiving this opportunity.  I know this fight is important for Claressa also, and I don’t really know what will happen in the ring.  We both want to win.  Claressa has more amateur experience, but I have more experience as a professional.  It’s going to be an exciting night.”

This bout is definitely a win for women’s boxing, don’t forget to tune in on March 10th on Shobox.

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