Press Release: [In a prelude to a possible future attempt at pro boxing], UFC superstar Cris Cyborg will walks two-tome US Olympic gold medal winner and current WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Claressa Shields into the ring for Shields’ fight versus 168-pound belt holder Femke Hermans on Saturday night at Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA. Cyborg will be taking time out from preparation for her December 29th MMA battle vs. Amanda Nunes to be a part of the final HBO boxing telecast. Shields and Cyborg have a great mutual respect and have trained together in the gym.
“I’m excited to have Cris walk me out and carry my WBC championship belt on Saturday,” said Shields. “She’ll be supporting me on December 8th and I’ll be rooting big for her against Amanda Nunes on December 29th. We are the two baddest ladies on the planet.”
“Both Claressa and Cyborg are leaders in their respective combat sports,” said Shields’ promoter, Dmitriy Salita. “Women’s empowerment will be on display on Saturday night on the historic final night of HBO Boxing.”
“In addition to being a celebration of forty-five years of HBO Boxing, Saturday night is a celebration of a new era of women’s boxing and women’s sports,” said Mark Taffet, manager of Claressa Shields and a twenty-five year former HBO Boxing executive. “Claressa Shields and Cris Cyborg are the backbone of the new era, and I’m thrilled Cris will be walking Claressa to the boxing ring on this historic night.”