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
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.
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.
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.
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.