Live on ShoBox: Adler and Shields to
Unify Women's Super Middleweight Division in "Battle of the Best" at
MGM Grand Detroit Live
June 28, 2017
(JUNE 28) DETROIT -
Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa "T-Rex" Shields will
challenge for her first world title against WBC Super
Middleweight World Champion Nikki Adler in the main event of
ShoBox: The New Generation Friday, Aug. 4, live on SHOWTIME at
10 p.m. ET/PT from MGM Grand Detroit.
A native of Flint, Mich., Shields (3-0, 1 KO) is the most
accomplished amateur boxer in U.S. history and the only American
to capture back-to-back boxing gold medals at the Olympic Games.
The 22-year-old will challenge for a world title in only her
fourth professional fight against fellow undefeated Adler (16-0,
9 KOs), a German star who will make the third defense of her WBC
168-pound title. The bout will also be for the vacant IBF Super
Shields is headlining for the second time on national
television, building on her history-making debut last March in
what was the first women's main event in premium television
history. If Shields dethrones Adler on ShoBox, she'll become the
70th world champion in the history of the prospect developmental
"It's a huge opportunity to fight in the U.S. on SHOWTIME
against Claressa Shields," Adler said. "I am the multiple-time
world champion and Claressa is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist
- why not fight in the biggest matchup possible? This is a great
challenge and we both will show our true potential. I know I'll
give everything I have to be successful, as I have always done.
I've fought throughout the world, but never in the U.S. It's
really a dream to fight in the biggest women's boxing event in
Shields said, "It is a dream come true for me to be fighting for
a major world title in just my fourth professional fight. I
thank the champ, Nikki Adler, and her team for accepting the
challenge and for coming to the U.S. for this championship. This
fight is not only a milestone for me, it also is the biggest
fight of the year in women's boxing. I want to thank SHOWTIME
for their commitment to me and for their support of women's
boxing. I promise to be in the best shape of my life and to give
all my fans a performance to remember."
Tickets for the event promoted by Salita Promotions are on sale
now and are priced at $350, $250, $125 and $60. They will be
available at www.ticketmaster.com.
Gordon Hall, ShoBox: The New Generation Executive Producer and
SVP of Production, SHOWTIME Sports, said, "ShoBox is about
challenging prospects and making step up fights, and that's what
Shields vs. Adler is all about. Claressa is returning to ShoBox
in a unique opportunity to not only face her toughest opponent
to date but to challenge a world champion and look to unify the
division in only her fourth fight. The matchup and stakes speak
for themselves. We are proud to continue to deliver the best
prospects in competitive matchups."
Promoter Dmitriy Salita, said, "I am thrilled to be promoting
what I expect will be the biggest women's boxing event of 2017.
Claressa Shields is on a quest to make history and is seeking to
become a world champion in only her fourth professional bout
less than a year after winning her second Olympic Gold Medal.
Shields vs. Adler is the kind of matchup we expect from great
fighters. These two women, both skilled, both determined, are
certain to give fans around the world, and those watching on
ShoBox, an action-packed fight that is fought at the highest
level. It will be a night to remember where the sports world may
see the emergence of a new star."
Shields' co-manager, Mark Taffet, said, "This second main event
telecast on SHOWTIME represents yet another historic step
forward in the journey of Claressa Shields. Claressa is
committed, in return, to pursuing the biggest and best fights
available as the profile of women's boxing in the U.S. and
around the world continues to grow. This world title fight
against Nikki Adler, a monumental challenge for Claressa in only
her fourth pro fight, shows how committed Claressa is to
fulfilling her dreams and leading the sport to unprecedented
The 30-year-old Adler, a Croatian fighting out of Augsburg,
Bayern, Germany, will make her U.S. debut against Shields. A
former German amateur champion, Adler will make her third
defense of the WBC crown she won in 2013 via unanimous decision
against Zane Brige in Russia.
In 2015, Adler defeated Szabados via unanimous decision in her
first defense of the WBC belt, and knocked out Elene Sikmashvili
in her second defense in 2016. In March of this year, she won
the vacant WIBF and GBU World Super Middleweight Championships
by unanimous decision over Mery Rancier.
Shields compiled an amateur record of 77-1 record and won her
first Olympic Gold when she was only 17 years old in the
inaugural women's boxing competition at the London Games in
2012. She won a second gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio
and turned professional three months later.
In March 2017 at MGM Grand Detroit, Shields stopped Hungary's
Szilvia Szabados in four rounds to win the NABF Super
Middleweight Championship, in the first women's main event in
premium television history. In her most recent bout on June 16,
Shields defeated Sydney LeBlanc via a unanimous eight-round
decision to capture the WBC Silver Super Middleweight title.
Active in her community, Shields advocates for several social
issues and serves as an inspirational figure in her hometown of
Flint, a city beset by problems.
Undercard bouts for the ShoBox telecast will be announced in the