October 23, 2021

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“She wants to be the best”

"She wants to be the best"

Mary-Ov will be the challenge of Desire Size Friday night, she faces Clarissa Shields. American starts out as a high favorite to win, but she is chasing the big one: gender equality.

Joined The Journal of Montreal, Her coach John David Jackson lifts mud on his boxer goals.

“Every time she lands in the ring, Claressa always wants to prove she’s the best,” Jackson said. The fact that women’s boxing is respected just like men’s boxing motivates her to a higher place.

“During her fights, she wants to close the valve to skeptics who doubt her box potential.”

Jackson has seen others in his career. He has led several world champions at his gym, including Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley and Sergei Kovelev. Is there a different element in the shields (10-0, 2 KOs)?

“His mental stamina,” Jackson said bluntly. In her head, no one could hit her. She had unwavering confidence as she stepped into the ring. When you have this mentality, there is not much that can stop you. “

Rough preparation

Jackson saw no danger in his boxer path, in the dual fight of Super-Mid-Average consolidation against Mary-Ow Desire (17-0, 0 KO.) In Flint, Michigan.

“I saw many videos of Desire,” the American explained. She’s a good boxer, but her hands are not faster than anyone else’s
Clarissa’s rivals.

“Claressa has the energy, but she’s in the ring too.”

Jackson is well aware that the IBF champion will try to turn around a lot in a 10 round duel.

“She’s not the best boxer Claressa has ever faced
The best boxer of all time.

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“For Desire’s travels, Claressa is well aware that she will have to cut the ring to force her rival to do business with her.”

The fight takes place in a ring measuring 20 feet by 20 feet inside the cables; A request from promoter Yvonne Mitchell during negotiations. So there will be room for Desire to act against a formidable slugger called Shields.

“No matter how big the ring, we will be ready. Whatever his strategy, Desire will have to do business with Clarissa to win. “

AMM tricks

Over the past few months, the mixed martial arts company has been gaining shields traction by signing a deal with the Professional Fighters League (PFL). She will be landing there in the spring.

Shields went on to train with former UFC champion Holly Holm for a few weeks to learn the basics of the sport.

Had trouble returning to the unified champion boxing? Not at all, according to Jackson.

“I have no problem seeing her train in mixed martial arts. It helped Claressa significantly on a technical level.

“She learned some things that made her fist more powerful. It makes my job easier. “