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Claressa Shields jumps divisions in ambitious bid to become four-weight world champion

Boxing great Claressa Shields is setting her sights on becoming a four-weight world champion after announcing a huge clash with current heavyweight title holder Vanessa Lepage-Joanisse.

Shields has been out of the been out of the boxing ring for just over a year after forging a career in mixed martial arts.

The 29-year-old signed with the PFL and picked up a split decision win on her last outing, beating Kelsey DeSantis back in February.

The self-proclaimed GWOAT last boxed in June 2023 when she retained all her middleweight titles with a unanimous decision win over Maricela Cornejo.

Shields, who is a two-time Olympic gold medallist, has already won the world title across three divisions – light-middleweight, middleweight and super-middleweight.

The American will now make the step-up to light-heavyweight as she challenges for the vacant WBO crown.

Shields and Lepage-Joanisse will go head-to-head on July 27 at the Litte Caesar's Arena in Detroit.

"This is a significant and unique fight where I am moving up two weight classes against a very tough champion in my quest to become world champion in my fourth weight division," said Shields, as quoted by Sky Sports.

"I plan to do what I do best: bring that GWOAT energy and continue putting women's boxing on the map.

"I'm excited to bring another entertaining fight to Little Caesars Arena. Last time 12,000 fans filled the arena, and this time we're going to lift the roof off the building."

Lepage-Joanisse, who currently holds the WBC heavyweight title, will make the step down as she attempts to become the first person to beat Shields in professional boxing.

The 28-year-old Canadian fighter boasts a 7-1 record as she prepares for the biggest fight of her career and you can get all the fight markets at live betting odds.

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