Shields to be first female boxer to headline on Showtime

February 9, 2017

USA Today reports that Claressa Shields will be the first female boxer to headline an event on premium network television as she will be the main feature on Showtime’s ShoBox series on March 10th.

Shields was featured in the WSJ last November where they drew comparisons to her and boxing as Ronda Rousey was to women’s MMA.  She made her pro debut on the undercard of Kovalev-Ward and is thrust into the spotlight in March.

She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist.  Due to her Olympic success, she earned a $40,000 a year stipend from USA Boxing along with her own room at the training center in Colorado Springs.  She also receives meals, training and health insurance.

Turning pro is a gamble considering women boxers make little.  However, her pedigree meant that she earned $50,000 in her first pro fight.

She meets Szilvia Szabados (15-8, 6 KOs) in the main event from Detroit next month.

Payout Perspective:

This was a calculated gamble by Shields and her management team.  Women’s boxing does not receive the publicity as women’s MMA.  Notably, two women headline this Saturday’s UFC PPV.  Shields looks to be the new face of women’s boxing.  Certainly, she is getting paid better than most women MMA fighters.  But her pay is not the norm for women’s boxers.  For Showtime, which usually lags behind HBO in boxing ratings, Shields may bring much-needed interest for its ratings.

8 Responses to “Shields to be first female boxer to headline on Showtime”

  1. Wil on February 9th, 2017 8:09 PM

    Good for her, she is a world class athlete, probably the best female fighter on the planet. Good to see Haymon and Showtime pushing her. Also looking forward to seeing more of Katie Taylor of Ireland as well

  2. d on February 9th, 2017 10:29 PM

    They saw the success of women in mma and are attempting to bring some life back to boxing.

  3. Jess on February 10th, 2017 1:52 AM

    GL to her but I don’t see women’s boxing catching on with fans in a major way. The skill gap between male and female boxers is very noticeable to boxing fans. I don’t think they are as susceptible to getting sold on female fighter hype jobs.

  4. d on February 10th, 2017 8:38 AM

    Right, like Ali Ali was a super talent. Hahaha.

  5. d on February 10th, 2017 8:38 AM

    *Laila Ali*

  6. Cutch on February 11th, 2017 9:09 AM

    Its Sho Box which used to be for up and comers, a slight raise from ESPN but in front of a much smaller market.

  7. Wil on February 11th, 2017 3:00 PM

    ^^^ truth

  8. Diego on February 13th, 2017 6:54 AM

    The competition isn’t there – so as good as she is it’s always going to hinder her career if there’s no Frazier to her Ali.

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