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Claressa Shields, Champion Boxer, Says Sexism Holds Her Back

Before she throws her first punch in her title fight on Friday, the two-time Olympic boxing champion Claressa Shields wants sports fans to know that she is a tremendous babysitter.

Shields, who feels a bit underappreciated these days, said she wants to beat her opponents senseless, of course, but she insisted she is actually “super nice.” Like Mary Poppins but with a killer right cross, she has a magical connection with children and is a great role model, she said, and often takes care of her nieces and nephews.

She changes diapers. Reads books aloud. Hosts movie-watching parties.