Discover how this woman transformed from being a bullied child to becoming one of the most feared and highest paid female fighters in the ring.
Try to mess with her and she’ll beat the living headlights out of you. At 25, female pro boxer Claressa Shields holds championships in three weight classes. In fact, BoxRec ranks her as the world’s best active female light middleweight fighter, as of January 2020.
Being the undisputed female middleweight champion of the world, her impressive professional record stands at 10-0, two of which were knockouts. She is a self- proclaimed Greatest Woman of All Time (GWOAT), much to the chagrin of a few contenders.
Claressa Shields: Early Life
Shields was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. Her parents are Marcella Adams and Clarence “Bo” Shields, himself a former boxer who played in underground circles. Claressa’s father was jailed from 1996 to 2004, after being found guilty of breaking-and-entering.
According to Claressa, her mother Marcella was an alcoholic and couldn’t keep a job. The matriarch would disappear for days, and she would be left tending to her three siblings. There were days when the children had nothing to eat.
|Full Name||Claressa Shields|
|Date of Birth||17 March 1995|
|Place of Birth||Flint, Michigan|
|Height||5’8 (173 cm)|
|Father||Clarence “Bo” Shields|
|Lives in||Boynton Beach, Florida|
|Eye color||Dark Brown|
|Ex- boyfriend||Ardreal Holmes|
|Total Net worth||$4M|
|Social media Presence||https://www.instagram.com/claressashields/|
|Agent contact details||Contact: @proplayersports
AthleteSpeakers 800-916-6008 for a keynote speech, virtual meetings, corporate appearance, grand opening, product announcement, moderated Q&A or for an exclusive meet and greet.
|Awards & Recognitions||WBC and WBO Junior middleweight title (2020)
WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO middleweight title (2019)
The Ring magazine’s middleweight title (2019)
USA Boxing Alumni Association’s Hall of Fame (2018)
WBAN super-middleweight title (2018)
Christy Martin Award – Female Fighter of the Year (2018)
IBF super-middleweight belt (2017, 2018)
NABF middleweight title (2017)
AMBC Olympic Qualifying tournament (2016)
|Trivia||Her first and only loss was to Savannah Marshall in 2012.|
Claressa Shields Assaulted
As a child, Claressa was extremely shy, stick-thin and had unruly hair. At age five, her mother’s boyfriend allegedly raped her. The assault happened a few times when Marcela reported to Wal-Mart for work. When Claressa told her mother, she did not believe her.
They later sent Claressa to the hospital, but it seemed too much time had passed to determine the boyfriend’s guilt. He was later beaten up badly by a relative and left Flint.
Joanne Adams, her grandmother, knew she was telling the truth and bought a doll to let Claressa share what happened. Shields is thankful to her grandmother for teaching her not to accept gender restrictions. The female boxer wrote a poignant tribute letter to her grandmother in 2018, almost eight years after Joanne died of cancer.
Claressa Shields Fights Back
A quiet kid, she barely spoke in school and was likely bullied by the other kids in school. She did not fight back until one day, when she was 11 years old, and had had enough, she punched a bully and sent the kid to the ground.
Claressa Shields’ Father Released
In their renewed bond following his prison release, Bo spoke to Claressa about Laila Ali, daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Laila would then pique Claressa’s interest in the sport, being that their fathers are both boxers.
Claressa Shields: Amateur Career
Holding a record of 25 wins and no losses at that time, she won the Women’s Elite Continental Championships against three-time defending world champion Mary Spencer.
Shields competed in her first open- division tournament and won the middleweight title and also qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2011.
In February 2012, Shields, who was only 16, became the youngest boxer to take part in the US Olympic trials. She was declared the middleweight (165 lb/75 kg) division winner after beating reigning national champion, Franchón Crews-Dezurn, the 2010 world champion, Andrecia Wasson, and Pittsburgh’s Tika Hemingway.
Her amateur boxing record was 77 wins, of which 19 were via knockout.
Shields’ Olympic Wins
Shields further became the first American female boxer to win an Olympic gold medal, as it was the first time women’s boxing became an Olympic event in 2012. In London, where the 2012 Summer Olympics was held, Shields beat Russian boxer Nadezda Torlopova, with a score of 19–12.
She won the World Championship gold medal in 2014 and in 2015 and became the first American to win titles in women’s boxing at the Olympics and Pan American Games.
Claressa Shields: Professional Career
A professional boxer since November 2016, she won against her first match as a pro boxer with Franchón Crews-Dezurn, by unanimous decision.
In March 2017, her fight against Szilvia Szabados for the NABF middleweight title was the co-primary event on ShoBox. The same year, she won against Nikki Adler, stealing the WBC super-middleweight belt and the vacant IBF super-middleweight belt.
Shields kept these titles in 2018 and also won the WBAN super-middleweight title by defeating Tori Nelson. She also won the vacant WBA and inaugural IBF middleweight belts, becoming a two-weight world champion in the fewest professional fights.
Claressa Shields: Record Holder
Her impressive record puts her among boxing greats, being one of the seven boxers in history, female or male, to hold all four major world titles in boxing—WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO. The rest are: Bernard Hopkins (2004–2005), Jermain Taylor (2005), Cecilia Brækhus (2014–), Terence Crawford (2017), Oleksandr Usyk (2018–2019), and Katie Taylor (2019–).
Claressa Shields’ Highest Pay-Per- View Fights
In December 2018, Claressa Shields’ win against Femke Hermans attracted the highest ratings during HBO’s last boxing broadcast. The fight opened HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” triple header and drew in up to 379,000 viewers. THe 10-rounder fight was for IBF, WBC and WBA middleweight titles.
Barely six months before, Shields’ win against Hanna Gabriels drew in 410K viewers.
In 2019, Shields defeated Christina Hammer by unanimous decision, becoming the undisputed women’s middleweight world champion. She unified the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO middleweight titles, along with The Ring magazine’s inaugural middleweight belt.
How Much Did Claressa Shields Earn?
Each was guaranteed a base pay of $250K but the winner would be rewarded with a $500K, increasing the winner’s income to $750K and the total pot to $1 million.
Unfortunately, it did not push through.
Shields- Esparza fight
Outside the boxing ring, Shields has found a foe in fellow pro boxer, Marlen Esparza.
Shields’ self-proclamation as boxing’s “Greatest Woman of All-Time” (GWOAT) did not sit well with the 2010-2014 Houston Fighter Of The Year, saying it was inappropriate and disrespectful to the sport and its fighters.
As a response, Shields told Esparza to worry about her own career and not Shields.
The verbal spat happened on the heels of Esparza’s loss to Seniesa Estrada last November 2019.
Claressa Shields’ Net Worth
|Estimated Net Worth 2020||$ 4M|
|How Much Did Claressa Shields Earn Last year?||$1.5M|
|What are Claressa Shields’ Income Sources?||Boxing fights, Social Media, Appearances|
|How Much Did Claressa Shields Earn in Boxing fights?||$1.3M|
|How Much Did Claressa Shields Earn in Social Media?||$ 50K|
|How Much Did Claressa Shields Earn in Appearances?||$150K|
According to the Wall Street Journal, in 2016, Shields’ income during that period was mainly a $3K monthly stipend besides the $25K reward as one of the gold medalists. But later that year, she snagged 2016 endorsements for Audi, McDonald’s, Mini, Powerade, and Swimsuits for All.
Her growing fame comes with a ballooning net worth in the years that followed. For instance, her 2019 estimated income from two high drawing pay-per- view fights for HBO might have easily earned her $1M.
Her Patreon Account charges subscribers with membership costs of $45 for 30-minute Zoom one-on-one workout, $75 for one-on-one training, and $100 for boxing training fundamentals.
Shields charges $20K to $ 30K for her appearances, such as keynote speech, virtual meetings, corporate appearance, grand opening, product announcement, moderated Q&A or for an exclusive meet and greet, according to AthleteSpeakers.
Claressa Shields’ Car & House
In 2019, she posted a slick luxury orange convertible car—a 2020 Chevrolet Corvette that costs around $66K. She bought her own house for an unknown amount, in 2020.