BoxNation viewers will see unbeaten American superstar Claressa Shields attempt to make boxing history on Friday 10th January.
As part of a takeover by Premier Sports, Shields v Habazin headlines the first of four live events in January 2020 as BoxNation begin the new year with a bang.
Our cameras will be in Atlantic City when she meets Croatia’s Ivana Habazin (20-3, 7 KOs) for the vacant WBC and WBO World Female Super-Welterweight Titles.
This bout was originally scheduled for October 5th, but it was cancelled after Habazin’s trainer, James Ali Bashir, was attacked by Shields’ brother. After that incident there is plenty of bad blood in this one.
Shields (9-0, 2 KOs) will become the fastest ever fighter - male or female - to win World Titles at three different weight classes so early in their career if she wins the Michigan showdown.
The 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist, who has become a BoxNation favourite, has already won World Titles at Middleweight and Super-Middleweight.
Shields, 24, captured the IBF and WBC 168lb belts in her fourth fight beating then unbeaten Nikki Adler.
Two fights later in June 2018 she began collecting Middleweight straps when she defeated Hanna Gabriels, picking up WBA and IBF titles. Last November she added the WBC 160lb crown to her collection by outpointing Scotland’s Hannah Rankin.
In April, Shields won the biggest ever women’s bout, taking Christina Hammer’s WBA belt to become undisputed World Champion.
Now she is dropping down a weight division once more to tackle Habazin, a former IBF Welterweight and IBO Middleweight Champion.
Habazin, who will be making her American debut, is on a five fight winning streak, but the 29 year old hasn’t boxed since December 2018 and is a natural Welterweight.