Ronnie Shields

Born: June 6, 1958 in Port Arthur, Texas

     By the time he was seventeen years old, boxer Ronnie Shields had won the National Golden Gloves Featherweight Championship. Shields won two subsequent National Golden Gloves titles. Later in 1975, he represented the United States in an Amateur Athletic Union boxing tour in Germany. After making the transition from amateur to professional boxing in 1980, Shields earned a record of 26-6-1 as a light welterweight contender.


     During his career as a professional boxer, Shields twice challenged for a world title and was ranked in the top ten for five consecutive years by all of boxing’s sanctioning bodies. Ronnie Shields’ professional boxing career included his win of the North American Boxing Federation light welterweight strap. Shields retired from professional boxing in 1988 but continues to be involved in the sport as a successful trainer.


      He has trained John Molina, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, and many others. In 2003, Shields was named Trainer of the Year by the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

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