Flint's Claressa Shields seeks third title in match against Scotland's Hannah Rankin
Flint's Claressa Shields could add another championship belt to her collection next month when she steps into the ring to defend her world middleweight titles in against Scotland's Hannah Rankin.
Shields, the reigning WBA and IBF champ at 160 pounds, will square off against Rankin on a Nov. 17 boxing card at the Kansas Star Arena and Casino in Mulvane, Kansas. But the winner also will claim the WBC women's title that was held by veteran fighter Christina Hammer, whose medical issues forced a postponement earlier this month of a Showtime showdown with Shields for the undisputed middleweight title.
A Shields-Hammer fight is still planned for early 2019, but in the meantime, Shields, the two-time Olympic gold medalist, will face Rankin (5-2, 1 KO), who lost a unanimous decision to Alicia Napoleon for the WBA super middleweight title in August in her last bout.
The Shields-Rankin fight is part of a Wichita-area show on DAZN, the new sports-streaming service that just signed a five-year, $365 million deal with men’s world middleweight champ Canelo Alvarez.
Heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller will headline the event against an opponent to be announced at a Saturday news conference in New York City. Also on the card is a junior middleweight fight featuring Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios and Ramon Alvarez, Canelo's older brother.