Claressa Shields set to challenge undefeated WBC world champion Nikki Adler

Claressa Shields set to challenge undefeated WBC world champion Nikki Adler

 

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields ready to challenge for first world title against Nikki Adler

 

Claressa Shields Vs. Nikki Adler Boxing

DETROIT- Two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa "T-Rex" Shields (3-0- 1 KO) is set to step up to her biggest challenge as a professional when she enters the ring against WBC super-middleweight champion Nikki Adler (16-0-9 KOs) of Germany. 

The two will meet in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation Friday, Aug. 4, live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT from MGM Grand Detroit.

Shields is the most accomplished amateur in the history of the U.S. Boxing program and the only American to capture back-to-back gold medals at the Olympic games. This is an amazing accomplishment considering some of her fellow Americans who had also captured Gold (Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya and Andre Ward) just to name a few. 

Claressa Shields has the opportunity to become world champion in only her fourth professional bout with a win over current champion Nikki Adler. Photo Credit: NBC Sports 

Claressa Shields has the opportunity to become world champion in only her fourth professional bout with a win over current champion Nikki Adler. Photo Credit: NBC Sports 

Across the ring from Shields in only her fourth professional fight will be four-time world champion (WBU, WIBA, WBF) and current WBC super-middleweight world champion, Nikki Adler. 

WBC super middleweight champion Nikki Adler is ready to defend her title against two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields when the two meet in August. Photo Credit: Studioarts Photography

WBC super middleweight champion Nikki Adler is ready to defend her title against two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields when the two meet in August. Photo Credit: Studioarts Photography

Originally from Croatia, Nikki Adler is no stranger to high-level competition as she defeated the current undefeated WBC middleweight champion Christina Hammer in the final of the 2008 Germany Championship as an amateur.  

Adler made her professional debut in Germany in 2010 and won her first major title in 2013, defeating Edita Karabeg for the vacant WIBA super middleweight title followed by a unanimous decision victory over Zane Brige to capture the WBF title. In a rematch with Brige she captured the WBC strap. This fight will be the third defense of her WBC 168-pound title. 

“It’s a huge opportunity to fight in the U.S. on SHOWTIME against Claressa Shields,” Adler 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 is a great challenge and we both will show our true potential. 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.”
— Nikki Adler

For Shields, this is a big opportunity in her second headlining fight on national television. This will build on her historic debut last March in what was the first women's' main event on premium television in the history of the sport. With a win, Shields would become the 70th world champion in the history of ShoBox. 

“It is a dream come true for me to be fighting for a major world title in just my fourth professional fight. I thank the champ, Nikki Adler, 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 want to thank SHOWTIME for their commitment to me and for their support of women’s boxing. I promise to be in the best shape of my life and to give all my fans a performance to remember.”
— Claressa Shields
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