(JUNE 12) Two-time Olympic
gold medalist Claressa "T-Rex" Shields announced today that she
has signed a promotional agreement with promoter Dmitriy Salita
and Salita Promotions.
Already a national sports figure
and role model for women everywhere, the Flint, Michigan native
is in position to realize her dreams as a professional boxer.
On Friday, June 16, Shields will fight at Detroit's Masonic
Temple, in her home state of Michigan, as part of Salita's
Detroit Brawl series.
Shields (2-0, 1 KO), of Flint, Michigan, is the only American
boxer, male or female, to ever win back-to-back Olympic boxing
gold medals (2012 and 2016). In only her second bout as a
professional, Shields won the NABF Middleweight Championship on
Showtime's ShoBox: The New Generation in the first-ever women's
bout to headline a premium cable telecast. The event, held at
MGM Grand Detroit, was presented by Salita Promotions.
"I thank Salita Promotions for the commitment they have shown to
me," said Claressa Shields. "I promise all boxing fans that I
will dedicate myself to being not only the world's #1 female
boxer and #1 pound-for-pound, but also a torch-bearer for boxing
and women the world over. I can't wait to get in the ring on
June 16 to continue the journey."
"Salita Promotions is to be commended for their commitment to
Claressa Shields," said Mark Taffet, Shields' co-manager. "Dmitriy's
knowledge and expertise in Claressa's home-base market of
Detroit provides the perfect complements to Claressa's
once-in-a-century talent and determination to advance women's
boxing and change the sport of boxing forever."
"Claressa is an outstanding world-class athlete, who has the
ability to transcend sports like Michael Jordan and Serena
Williams," said Dmitriy Salita. "She also has the charisma to
appeal to a broad new generation of fans, who will tune in to
watch her fights and will want to come to arenas to experience
her performance live. Every one of her fights is a unique
experience that is memorable and transcends boxing. Claressa is
a rare combination of the great fighter and a sports icon that
come along in every generation. The state of Michigan has been
home to many, like Joe Louis, Tommy Hearns, Floyd Mayweather and
now Claressa Shields. I look forward to working with Claressa on
her already historic career. At only 22 years old I believe
Claressa will continue to break records, set new limits and
break boundaries in and out the ring."