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Middleweight title holder Claressa Shields has a new opponent to defend her WBA, WBC and WBO belts on June 3 in Detroit (DAZN).
Her original opponent, Hanna Gabriels, was removed from the card after testing positive for the banned steroid Clostebol earlier this month, according to a press release.
Gabriels was replaced by Maricela Cornejo, who is ranked No. 1 in the WBO rankings.
Cornejo (16-5, 6 KOs) is a 36-year-old fighter from Los Angeles who has lost three title decisions, once against 160-pound Kali Reis and twice against 168-pound Franchon Crews Dezurn.
Shields (13-0, 2 KOs) took a unanimous decision victory over Savannah Marshall in October.
“I told my team to give me the best,” Shields said in a press release. “Cornejo is a tall, tough, proud Mexican who is in great shape and wants to beat me. She took first place in the ranking. This is what I want for my homecoming in Detroit and for my fans around the world. I’m looking forward to a great performance on June 3rd.
Gabriels’ promoter blamed her dog’s positive drug test. …
Usyk vs. Dubois
– said the promoter of the heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk FightFreaks that he will defend against Daniel Dubois on August 12 at the 45,000-capacity Wrocław Stadium in Wrocław.
K2 Promotions won the WBA bid to organize the fight. The bid form also listed August 5 as a possible date, and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Manchester, England, as potential locations.
Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs) was scheduled to face Tyson Fury for the undisputed championship on April 29, but talks fell through.
Dubois (19-1, 18 KOs) has won four consecutive fights since being stopped by Joe Joyce in November 2020. …
Garcia vs. Roach
According to FightFreaks, junior lightweight title holder Hector Luis Garcia (16-1, 10 KOs) will defend his belt against mandatory challenger Lamont Roach (23-1-1, 9 KOs).
The fight will take place in Las Vegas.