Claressa Shields Fight Gloves Headed To Hall
Two-time Olympic gold medalist and reigning WBC / IBF women’s super middleweight world champion Claressa “T-Rex” Shields will defend her titles against Tori Nelson tonight at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. Following the bout, Shields will donate her fight-worn boxing gloves to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist and reigning WBC / IBF
super middleweight world champion Claressa Shields
(Photo by Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME)
“Claressa Shields represented the USA and the sport of boxing so well when she made history at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “We are thrilled that she is going to hand over the gloves from her title defense for display in the Hall and are excited to highlight one of today’s rising stars!”
“It is an incredible honor to have my gloves on display at the International Boxing Hall of Fame where the greatest in the sport’s history have been honored. As a two-time US Olympian, a unified world champion boxer, and a professional athlete representing all women in sports, I’m thrilled and humbled that fans the world over will be able to see my gloves when they visit Canastota,” said Shields.
Born in Flint, Michigan in 1995, Shields began boxing at age 11 after hearing her father speak about boxing champion Laila Ali. At age 16 she won the Olympic Trials and headed to London to represent the USA as a middleweight in the first Olympic Games to showcase female boxing. At age 17 she made history by winning three bouts to become the first American female boxer to win a gold medal. Four years later she made history again, capturing the Olympic middleweight gold medal for a second time and becoming the only American to capture gold twice. Her amateur record was an incredible 77-1 (18 KOs). “T-Rex” turned pro in 2016 and captured the WBC and IBF super middleweight belts in 2017. Her pro record stands at 4-0 (2 KOs).
The Shields vs. Nelson bout will headline a full card of exciting boxing action presented by Salita Promotions in association with AASHA Record Breakers Inc. and televised live on ShoBox: The New Generation.
Tickets for the Shields vs. Nelson bout start at $37 and can be purchased at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Box Office by calling 877.833.SHOW or online at ticketmaster.com. Action starts at 7pm. The Turning Stone Resort Casino is located at 5218 Patrick Road, Verona, NY.
A not-for-profit organization, the International Boxing Hall of Fame opened to the public in 1989 in Canastota, New York and is located at Exit 34 of the New York State Thruway. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information please call the Hall of Fame at (315) 697-7095, visit online at www.ibhof.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/InternationalBoxingHallofFame and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BoxingHall.