Claressa ‘GWOAT’ Shields, currently a unified world champion in two weight divisions, has finalized a multi-fight, seven-figure deal along with her longtime promoter Salita Promotions, with broadcaster Sky Sports and promoter BOXXER.
Undefeated three-division world champion Shields (11-0-0, 2 KO’s) will enter the ring in the Welsh capital city of Cardiff for a mandatory defense of her WBC world middleweight title in which she will also stake her WBA, IBF titles.
Dmitriy Salita, President of Salita Promotions, which aggressively pursued this lucrative opportunity for Claressa, said, “We look forward to Claressa making her U.K. debut in the first fight of our Boxxer and SKY TV deal. With this one-of-a-kind partnership, Claressa is taking another significant step to raise women’s sports and boxing’s popularity to new heights.
“A victory on December 11 against the undefeated WBC No. 1 contender Ema Kozin will secure a mega-fight between Claressa and her longtime rival Savannah Marshall for the Undisputed Middleweight World Championship. Fan’s will not only be able to see Claressa’s ring performances but will receive tons of shoulder programming that will take them behind the scenes inside Claressa’s training camp and life. With SKY’s commitment to Claressa, and working alongside Boxxer, all the ingredients are there for mega-events for the fans.”
The 26-year-old from Flint, Michigan, defeated the previously unbeaten and then IBF world super welterweight champion Marie-Eve Dicaire in May to create history and become the first boxer in the four-belt era to be an undisputed world champion in two weight classes.
Mark Taffet, Shields’ manager, said, ”I can’t wait to see Claressa back in the boxing ring on December 11. I know she will have a fire burning inside her which will become fuel in the ring against Ema Kozin. In her first fight of this groundbreaking SKY TV partnership, she will give a memorable performance and officially set up a historic fight with Savannah Marshall.”
BOXXER has several world-class female fighters in their stable, including Savannah Marshall, Caroline Dubois, Tasha Jonas and Ebonie Jones.
Shields and Marshall are on a collision course in 2022. Marshall holds a 2012 amateur victory over Shields - the only time Shields has ever lost in the boxing ring - and the two wish to settle their grudge in a professional rematch.
Shields is looking forward to making her long-awaited UK debut live on Sky Sports.
Shields said, “I’m excited to be defending my titles in the UK and I appreciate Dmitriy and Salita Promotions for making this happen. I’m excited to return back to my first love - boxing - and fighting as a professional in the UK has always been a dream for me. Hopefully I’ll be one step closer to shutting Savannah Marshall’s mouth with a victory on Dec 11th.”