Claressa Shields | Biography

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  • Full Name Claressa Shields
  • Occupation Professional Boxer
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Michigan, USA
  • Birth Date Mar 17, 1995
  • Age 29 Years, 1 Months
Two-time Olympic Gold Medal-winner in Boxing

Claressa Shields | Biography

Claressa Shields wanted a nice set of teeth and thus, had a dental procedure to have them fixed

Claressa is a 2013 USA Boxing Youth National Champion, 2014 and 2015 USA Boxing National Champion. In 2015, she became the first American woman to win the gold medal in boxing in the PAN American Games Championship.

Claressa Shields is a two-time Olympic gold medal-winning boxer. She won her first gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics and the second in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Who is Claressa Shields?

Claressa Shields is an American professional boxer.

She was born on 17 March 1995 in Flint, Michigan, to Marcella Adams and Bo Shields. Shields did not have a happy childhood, as her father was in prison and her mother was a drug addict. So, she had to live with her maternal grandmother, Joanne Adams.

Growing up, Claressa was inspired by the story of boxing legend Muhammad Ali and his daughter Laila Ali. She went to learn boxing from her coach Leon Rawson while attending Flint Northwestern High School. During her high school years, Claressa won two Junior Olympic National Championships. 

In 2011, she became National Pal Champion and went on to win the Olympic Gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics. With this achievement, she wrote history as the first American woman ever to win Olympic gold in boxing.

Furthermore, Claressa is a 2013 USA Boxing Youth National Champion, 2014 and 2015 USA Boxing National Champion. In 2015, she became the first American woman to win the gold medal in boxing in the Pan American Games Championship. The USA Boxing Federation named her the 'Female Athlete of the Year.' Adding to her winning list, Claressa won Gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics.


As of 2021, Claressa Shields is romantically engaged with her boyfriend, Tony Richardson. The couple has been together for over a year now. They first started dating in July 2020. 

Both Claressa and Tony's Instagram handles are filled with their romantic images. On the day of their first year of togetherness, Tony took it to his Instagram handle @tonyphreshfit and posted a picture with her.

Claressa's boyfriend, Tony, is an entrepreneur and certified fitness coach. He promotes the fitness community and also owns a fitness center, AT Fitness Gym in Mt. Morris. 

Does Claressa Shields have a baby?

The champion boxer does not have her own baby yet. However, she always wanted to be a mother and thus, tried to adopt her cousin's child.

In 2014, Claressa's cousin approached her, pleading for financial help to fund for abortion. But, Claressa declined to provide money as she did not like the idea of abortion and instead proposed to adopt the child. Claressa took the newborn under her custody and named her Klaressa

About having a child in her life, in an interview with Yahoo Sports, Claressa said, "I just love having her, even though it's a huge responsibility. It makes me slow down and think, and that's a good thing."

However, Claressa's happiness did not last long as her cousin came back and asked to return the child. She even accused her of kidnapping her daughter. Though the accusation did not have any base, Claressa lost custody of the child.

Net Worth

The 26-year-old boxer holds numerous titles and won multiple gold medals for her country in many significant events, including the Olympics. With such achievements in her name, Claressa can accumulate an approximate net worth of $4 million in 2021.


Claressa Shields' height is 5 feet 9 inches, and she weighs about 165 pounds.

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