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Flint’s Claressa Shields to Present Muhammad Ali with 2012 Liberty Award

I’m sure the gold medal story of Claressa Shields has been filled with awesome experiences, but the Flint teen has an honor coming up that might be “The Greatest” yet. Next month, Shields will put the 2012 Liberty Award Medal around Muhammad Ali’s neck.

Claressa Shields
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Claressa Shields, the Flint-born 17-year-old boxing gold medalist, will have the chance to meet the man who is arguably the greatest fighter of all-time, Muhammad Ali.  She’ll be presenting Ali with the 2012 Liberty Award Medal in Philadelphia on September 13th, an award that celebrates champions of freedom.

Shields is obviously elated to meet the legend and understandably so.  Ali isn’t just another good or even great boxer.  He was one of, if not the best fighter of all time.  Watch the video if you don’t believe me.  Shields knows what an honor this is for her and was quoted,

I’ve watched his movies, I’ve watched him box and just to be able to really talk to him I’m just really curious to see what he’s going to say to me.  I think that he will have nothing but good words and I really hoped that he watched my fights from the Olympics.

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Source: MLive


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