‘I was terrified of men, now I fear no-one’ – from poverty & abuse to boxing greatness

Claressa Shields said she knew when she was 15 years old that she was going to be the best female boxer in the world.

Two years later, when the American won middleweight gold at London 2012, she proved it.

At Rio 2016, she became the first American boxer to successfully defend an Olympic title and achieved another milestone this month when she was the first woman to headline a boxing show on a premium network in the United States.

She told Ade Adedoyin that boxing saved her life.

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