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Sunday, January 16, 2022

No Holds Barred: Claressa Shields, on The WAAR Room with Chris Baldwin and Malissa Smith 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with our colleagues Chris Baldwin of the WAAR Room and Malissa Smith of Girlboxing on the WAAR Room. A video of this discussion has also been posted on the WAAR Sports YouTube page.

Our guest was one of the top boxers in the world, multi-divisional champion Claressa Shields (11-0, 2 KOs). She is the first boxer in the four-belt era to be an undisputed world champion in two weight classes.

We spoke with her by Zoom Thursday, January 13.

On February 5, Claressa Shields is scheduled to defend her three middleweight belts against challenger Ema Kozin (21-0-1, 11 KOs). This fight will take place in Cardiff, Wales, in the U.K., and is the co-main event to the long-awaited middleweight fight between Chris Eubank Jr. and Liam Williams. In the U.K., it will be shown on Sky Sports. In the U.S. and Canada, it will be on pay-per-view on FITE.TV and PPV.com, and also on cable, satellite, and telco providers.

We discussed with her what she knows about Kozin and how she will approach this fight; how she hopes to fight in a few months against her nemesis, WBO champ Savannah Marshall; how she feels about this being her first pro fight outside the U.S. and in the U.K.; her reaction to several major American TV and streaming networks not featuring her championship fights; and more.

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