Over the last couple of weeks, we have been watching a possible future fight develop between WBO Light Heavyweight Champion Geovana Peres and the three-division world champion Claressa Shields.
On the January 3rd this year, Geovana Peres made it clear that her New Year’s resolution is to take on the woman who is arguably one of the best in women’s boxing. She called out Claressa Shields on Facebook, saying “Please Share!!! Let's get this happening..."
Claressa Shields had previously stated before the Lani vs Geovana WBO World title fight put on by (Rival Sports Promotions) that she would fight the winner of the bout, whoever that should be. Well, the time is now, and team Peres want the fight. It's 2020, let's make it happen.
Originally Claressa responded “Nothing but a word honestly, let’s go”. However, Claressa had a title fight booked on the 10th of January and was considering a possible sport change to MMA in the future, so there was doubt whether this could ever happen. But Claressa beat Ivana Habazin with ease and was ready to possibly set up a fight with Geovana.
Geovana Peres replied to Claressa saying “when are you free? April? May? You choose the date whenever you are free!” and Claressa responded, “This year for sure just not those times”.
This is big news for Geovana as we have learnt two things here: First, that Geovana will be scheduled to defend her title in March or April and second, that Claressa Shields has promised to take on Geovana this year.
Now its time for us fans to do the hardest thing, wait and see if this unfolds.
Written by Benjamin Watt
Benjamin Watt first got interested in boxing when he watched his first bout in 2000, where David Tua fought Lennox Lewis and ever since then he was hooked. Since 2014, he had become the editor for New Zealand and Pacific of Boxrec (The independent computerized rankings website and records keeping).
In 2015 he became a Boxing judge, making him the first openly gay man to have ever judge a professional boxing bout in the World. Recently he has been writing for international boxing websites including World Boxing News, Boxing Scene and Scoop NZ. Benjamin has also recently started a new project with Wikipedia, to produce more Wiki articles on New Zealand Boxing history.
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