(MAY 10) Two-Time Olympic Gold
Medalist Claressa Shields to Face Dominican's Mery Rancier for
WBC Silver Super Middleweight Championship at Salita Promotions'
Detroit Brawl on Friday, June 16, at Masonic Temple in Detroit
Promoter Dmitriy Salita is proud to announce he will feature
two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, and now Women's NABF
Middleweight Champion, Claressa "T-Rex" Shields of Flint,
Michigan, in the main event of his next "Detroit Brawl" on
Friday, June 16, 2017.
Shields (2-0, 1 KO) will face tough veteran Mery Rancier (7-8-3,
5 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for the WBC Silver
Super Middleweight Championship. In her last fight, Rancier went
the distance with 16-0 multiple-time world champion, and current
WBC Super Middleweight Champion, Nikki Adler of Germany.
Once again sponsored by the Greektown Casino Hotel, tickets for
"Detroit Brawl" are priced at VIP $200, Box Seats are $100 and
$55, Seating is $40, and are available at all Ticketmaster
outlets and Ticketmaster.com
22-year-old Shields went 77-1 as an amateur and won her first
Olympic Gold at the inaugural women's Olympic boxing
championships, held in London in 2012. She then successfully
defended her title at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Shields turned professional in late 2016 and made history again
in her last fight, when she appeared live on SHOWTIME's popular
ShoBox: The New Generation on March 10 of this year. By knocking
out Hungary's Szilvia Szabados in four impressive rounds,
Shields became the first woman to ever headline a boxing event
on premium cable.
"I'm looking forward to June 16 and my first eight-round fight,
as I continue to reach higher on the road to the biggest fights
and the continued rise of women's boxing," said Shields. "I
can't wait to get back in the ring and give my fans in Detroit
and around the world another great night of boxing!"
Shields manager, Mark Taffet, echoes his fighter's excitement
over another fistic homecoming. "We are very excited to be
returning to Detroit on June 16 for the next chapter in Claressa
Shields' road to women's boxing history. Claressa will be in
great shape as always, and looks to give her fans a night to
Promoter Dmitriy Salita, who promoted Shields' history-making
battle with Szabados, says he's happy to be featuring the
budding superstar on another of his very popular shows in
"Claressa is an American hero from Flint, Michigan," said Salita,
"and for people around the world. Like with all her fights, fans
attending this event will witness a part of history live on June
Another Detroit boxing great is also excited about Shields'
future in the sport.
"I think Claressa Shields has the ability to be a great
fighter," said Thomas "Hitman" Hearns. "She is bringing back the
style, excitement and energy that fans around the world want to
More fights, opponents and rounds will be announced shortly. On
fight night, doors open at 7:00 pm and the fights begin at 8:00