Claressa Shields and Hannah Rankin made the weight for their title fight this Saturday night at the Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas. Shields, North American and world champion of the World Boxing Association (WBA) in the middleweight ranks, will make the first defense of her belt against the Scottish native.
“T-Rex”, as the native of Michigan is nicknamed, came in at 159.6 pounds on the scale, while challenger Rankin came in at 158.6 pounds, both below the 160 pounds that the regulation dictates. This leaves them qualified to compete for the WBA world championship.
Shields has been champion since June, where she beat the Costa Rican Hanna Gabriels in a very demanding fight in which she had to recover from an early knockdown. Now she will face the Scottish native, who already has experience in title fights even having fought for the 168 pound belt.
The champion has a record of 6 wins, no losses and 2 knockouts, while the challenger has 5 wins, 2 losses and 1 fight won before the final bell.