Floyd Mayweather gives Claressa Shields advice, feedback on her boxing career

Linda Rider

FLINT – Claressa Shields may well have a exclusive visitor at her world championship struggle Saturday in Wales.

Shields put in some time late final months in Las Vegas schooling at Floyd Mayweather’s fitness center and the former planet champion claimed he’s likely to try and make the excursion across the Atlantic Ocean to watch her fight Ema Kozin.

“Plans might adjust but he explained he’d make a substantial effort to arrive to the combat in the Uk,” Shields mentioned this 7 days in an job interview with MLive. “It would be neat. He told me he watched my fights in the Olympics and he was proud of me and he’s joyful to arrive to the British isles and view me grow.

“Him coming will give me excess commitment and I’ll set on an even improved show.”

Shields (11–, 2 KOs) will be placing her WBC, WBA, IBF and WBF middleweight championships on the line as part of a pay-per-see card in Cardiff, Wales. The struggle versus Kozin (21–1, 11KOs) is a required title defense for Shields.

Even though in Vegas, the two-time Olympic gold medalist acquired a opportunity to decide the mind of Mayweather, who retired with a 50– record and 27 knockouts.

A native of Grand Rapids, Mayweather received 15 world championship belts in five fat classes. He won his last 26 globe championship fights.

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“Floyd welcomed me to his health club when he realized I was coming to Vegas, opened up his fitness center to me,” Shields reported. “We acquired video and photos and stuff. It was neat, just striving to suck up some awareness from him … and some information about boxing.

“I feel like Mayweather produced a blue print in boxing for adult males to make tens of millions of bucks and I’m building a blue print for girls in boxing to make tens of millions of bucks.”

Mayweather was a funds device, creating $285 million in 2018, in accordance to Forbes Magazine. He was the optimum-compensated athlete in the entire world at the time.

Shields is not in that stratosphere – who is? – but she mentioned she’ll be making “seven figure” for her future two fights in the United Kingdom just after signing a two-fight offer with BOXXER to combat on Sky Sporting activities.

She stated when they spoke, Mayweather gave Shields some tips and suggestions on her profession.

“He gave me a great deal of knowledge about my capabilities and every thing,” claimed Shields, 26. “He informed me some thing that I presently realized, that with my punching ability and my skills and all the things, he said I require to relaxed down and the knockouts will arrive.

“But the absence of knockouts is not simply because I’m not solid or rapidly or qualified. It’s since I’m always so nervous. He gave me some guidelines on how to be quiet and go out there and see the shots and all that.”

As a professional, Shields has previously produced heritage – or HERstory, as her workforce calls it.

When she scored a unanimous final decision past March around Marie Eve Dicaire in Flint, she turned the 1st fighter – male or woman – to keep undisputed championships in two fat divisions.

In her former struggle towards Ivana Habazin in January 2020, she unified the middleweight title in her 10th professional combat, turning into the quickest fighter – all over again, male or female – to acquire earth championships in three weight classes.


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