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Flint Olympic boxers give back to community

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They have proven they're champions in the ring and now two Flint natives and Olympic medal winning boxers are teaming together to fight hunger at home.

Claressa Shields and Andre Dirrell were busy on Tuesday making sure everyone has a happy Thanksgiving this year.

"It feels great. I always want to find ways to give back," Shields said.

Shields went to Bertson Field House on Tuesday to give out turkeys at her old stomping grounds. She said she wanted to do something special for her hometown.

"It's like you can never do enough, but we have to help each other. I was glad to be able to come back, find time in our schedule because I had just fought Saturday," Shields said.

A lot of excitement surrounded her, just days after he first professional boxing match in Las Vegas.

"It feels good. There was so much leading up to the fight, even though I wasn't the main event I was one of the main attractions. I was happy to do it and I did a great job," Shields said.

Shields and her friends passed out at least 200 turkeys that filled an entire truck. Dirrell helped host the event.

"The biggest part of success is to give back man. It's a blessing all in its own and makes me feel really good," Dirrell said.

Shields said she hopes the turkey day giveaway next year will be twice as large. In the meantime, she will be gearing up for her next big win.

"I'll have my next fight in January on TV," she said.

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