LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two-time Olympic boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields plans to make her professional debut Nov. 19 in Las Vegas.
Shields will fight on the undercard of fellow Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward’s high-profile showdown with Sergey Kovalev, promoter Main Events announced Tuesday.
The 21-year-old Shields has won gold in every Olympic women’s boxing tournament, dominating the field in London and Rio de Janeiro. She is the only American boxer ever to defend an Olympic title, and she won the Val Barker Trophy as the tournament’s top fighter in Brazil.
United States’ Claressa Maria Shields, right, fights Netherlands’ Nouchka Fontijn during a women’s middleweight 75-kg final boxing match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016.
Shields’ pro debut will be a four-round middleweight bout with two-minute rounds, the same length as women’s amateur bouts.
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) changed its Olympic eligibility rules this year to allow professionals to fight at the Olympics.
United States’ Claressa Maria Shields, right, reacts as she won her gold medal for the women’s middleweight 75-kg boxing against Netherlands’ Nouchka Fontijn at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)