Two-time Olympic gold medalist boxer Claressa Shields will fight for her first world-title against Nikki Adler on Aug. 4 in Detroit.
Since turning pro after last summer’s Rio Olympics, Shields has won all three of her fights, one of which came by knockout. She’ll look to continue her success for Adler’s World Boxing Council super-middleweight belt.
“It is a dream come true for me to be fighting for a major world title in just my fourth professional fight,” Shields said.. “I thank the champ and her team for accepting the challenge and for coming to the U.S. for this championship. This fight is not only a milestone for me, it also is the biggest fight of the year in women’s boxing.
“I promise to be in the best shape of my life and to give all my fans a performance to remember.”
This will be Adler’s third title defense, and the German said on Wednesday in a statement that she appreciates the exposure of a main event on Showtime.
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“It’s a huge opportunity,” Adler (16-0) said. “I am the multiple-time world champion and Claressa is a two-time Olympic gold medalist—why not fight in the biggest matchup possible?”
This marks just the second women’s fight on Showtime, with Shields also headlining the first.
“This is a great challenge and we both will show our true potential,” Adler said. “I know I’ll give everything I have to be successful, as I have always done. I’ve fought throughout the world, but never in the U.S. It’s really a dream to fight in the biggest women’s boxing event in 2017.”