Claressa Shields to fight Ivana Habazin for vacant WBO title

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Claressa Shields, left, and Christina Hammer fight during the sixth round of a women's world middleweight championship boxing bout on April 13, 2019, in Atlantic City, N.J. Shields won by unanimous decision. (Julio Cortez/AP)

FLINT, Mich. — Claressa Shields is set to fight Ivana Habazin on Aug. 17 on Showtime for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title.

The vacant WBC women’s diamond super welterweight championship will also be at stake. This will be Shields’ first professional fight in her hometown of Flint.

Shields (9-0) defeated Christina Hammer in April. Already a super middleweight and middleweight champion, she’ll now have a chance to become a world champion across three divisions.

Habazin (20-3) is ranked No. 1 by the WBO at 154 pounds. This will be the Croatian’s U.S. debut.

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