The undisputed middleweight champion Claressa Shields and four-division world champion Hanna Gabriels went face-to-face at their press conference in Detroit on Tuesday as they will step in the ring in a rematch on June 3rd at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. This will be the first boxing event held at the arena, and it will be televised live on DAZN.
Shields (13-0, 2 KOs) is coming off of winning the undisputed middleweight title for the second time in her career after defeating Savannah Marshall in London last October. The two-division undisputed champion returns to her home state to defend her titles against Gabriels five years after their first encounter. In that bout, Shields recovered from an early knockdown to score a unanimous decision over Gabriels. Now Shields wants to have a more emphatic result when they are toe to toe in June.
“Hanna Gabriels is in a real heap of trouble come June 3rd,” Shields said at the press conference. “This is the fight that will solidify what I’ve been saying, that there’s no girl in this world who can get in the ring with me and take me.”
“I don’t want a unanimous decision. I want the knockout.”
Since the loss to Shields in 2018, Gabriels (21-2-1, 12 KOs) won titles in the super welterweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight division. While competing in the super welterweight division, she was looking for the rematch against Shields but was unsuccessful at that time. At the press conference, Gabriels recalled the first encounter as a hard fought bout that should have been closer than the scores indicated.
“I think it was a close fight,” Gabriels said. “I was mad about the cards, because I think I didn’t deserve those cards. I didn’t feel like I’d been beaten.”
Gabriels let Shields know that this time, she will leave as the winner.
“I am here to redeem myself. I am here to take what’s yours at 160.”