Claressa Shields and Nikki Adler set for Battle tonight
By Kelly Owen
Published: August 04, 2017
DETROIT, MI - Tonight at 10 pm ET/PT on ShoBox, 22-year-old Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields (3-0, 1 KO) faces undefeated WBC Super Middleweight Champion Nikki Adler (16-0, 9 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Detroit. This will be the first ten round fight for Shields, in only her fourth professional fight. She will challenge Croatian Nikki Adler not only for the WBC 168lb title but also the vacant IBF Super Middleweight belt to become the unified champion in her second headlining card and the first televised women’s title fight on ShoBox.
This fight only adds to the list of historical and extraordinary achievements gathered by the formidable Claressa Shields. Aside from being crowned as the most proficient amateur in American boxing history with a record of 78-1, and the only one to win two gold medals back to back (the first at 17 years of age in the inaugural event of women’s boxing) 2012 London Olympics and again, in the 2016 Rio Olympics, she was also the first female to headline a main event in the history of premium television. In only ten months as a professional boxer, she has garnered the NABF Middleweight and the WBC Silver Super Middleweight titles, but Adler will be, by far, her toughest opponent to date.
Nikki Adler has made her name fighting out of Germany in a successful and accomplished professional career and will defend her WBC Super Middleweight title in what will be her US debut. This will be Adler’s third title defense, her first in 2015 when she defeated Sziliva Szbados by unanimous decision in 2015 and in 2016, her second defense resulted in a knockout win against German Elene Shikmashvili. Claressa said of Nikki in yesterday’s press conference.
Adler is determined to make it difficult for Shields to take the belt stating, “I came over here to win and bring back the title and the belts back to Germany. I love that this is a great opportunity for women’s boxing, and to bring back the greatness of women’s boxing.”
‘The Battle of the Best’ is certainly the best and biggest fight to be made in women’s boxing this year and is supported by an eight round co-feature between world-ranked super bantamweight Vladimir Tikhonov (15-0, 9 KOs) of Russia and Texas slugger Jesse Angel Hernandez (8-1, 6 KOs).
(Feature Photo: Stephanie Trapp @trappfotos)