Women’s boxing stars Claressa Shields and Ivana Habazin hit the scales on Thursday ahead of their world title fight on Showtime this weekend.
Unified 154-Pound World Championship
Claressa Shields – 153 ½ lbs.
Ivana Habazin – 152 ½ lbs.
Referee: Sparkle Lee; Judges: Debra Barnes (New Jersey), Lynne Carter (Pennsylvania), Robin Taylor (New York)
10-Rd Welterweight Bout
Jaron Ennis – 145 ¾ lbs.
Bakhtiyar Eyubov – 146 ¼ lbs.
Referee: Earl Brown; Judges: Jackie Atkins (New Jersey), Albert Bennett (New Jersey); James Kinney (New Jersey)
WBA and IBF Super Middleweight World Championship Unification
Alicia Napoleon Espinosa – 164 lbs.
Elin Cederroos – 166 ½ lbs.
Referee: Benjy Esteves; Judges: Mark Consentino (New Jersey), Lawrence Layton (New Jersey), John McKaie (New York)
“It wasn’t difficult [to make weight]. In Flint I was 154.0. Now I’m 153.4. I could go down to 147 if I wanted to. I don’t fight off emotion. That’s why I’m a champion. There are plenty of girls who have done way worse things than what she’s doing trying to throw me off my square. I don’t really think what she’s doing, or her new coach, is supposed to bother me.”
“I’m taking this fight more seriously than before and I gave everything into training, and I’m ready. She can talk saying she’s going to knock me out. Whatever. She doesn’t have that power and she will not knock me out. I have good defense and I know I have power so I’m going to knock her out.”
“Most definitely I view this as a coming out party. Tomorrow night you’re going to see me real sharp. Speed and great defense, and we’re going to make easy work tomorrow night.”