Claressa Shields Responds to Opponent Disqualified for Banned Substance Ahead of Fight

The expected rematch between Flint, Michigan native Shields and Hanna Gabriel are off after Hanna tested positive for a banned substance.

“As with all my undisputed championship, I make it my business to sign up for Vada testing,” said Shields. “It’s random drug testing to make sure me and my opponent plays by the rules.”

Shields had wrapped up training at Superbad Gym in Detroit when the news broke about Gabriel, whom she had been preparing to fight in the coming days. Shields gave her perspective of the situation moments later with Michigan Chronicle.

“With boxing, I’m putting my life on the line already, so I don’t want to put my life on the line with somebody taking steroids or somebody using a drug, enhancement to give them the edge over me.”

“I take pride in being a clean fighter.”

The two last fought in 2017 at Masonic Temple in Detroit and were scheduled to fight at Little Caesar’s Arena for the June 3rd title of undisputed middleweight championship.

Shields, a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, 13-time world champ, and 3-time undisputed is now scheduled to box Marcicela Cornejo.

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